Living by the scriptures

And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.

And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works. — Alma 7:23-24

My home felt like a war zone.

Andy and I married when I was an Army helicopter pilot and he an Army Special Forces warrant officer. I left the service when we started having children — he retired 13 years later. Our military background had a profound impact on the kind of parents we were.

We were blessed with five active, strong-willed sons and daughters, which suited my and Andy's personalities just fine — until, that is, the two oldest, both sons, turned into young teens. Between the normal conflicts that will arise between two such brothers, and our less than gentle methods of handling such conflicts, our household became a battleground.

I had been praying for a solution to this situation for a couple of months, when our stake presidency came to our ward to announce the new stake scripture for the year. As our stake president read Alma 7:23-24, I was overwhelmed. This scripture was the answer to my prayers! We traditionally used a week of family scripture study time every year to memorize the stake scripture. This year we took the scripture and dissected it, discussing at length each principle set forth. We discussed how each of us could individually use the principles there to change our behavior towards others in our home. We spent several weeks studying, discussing and memorizing this scripture. The difference in our home afterwards was phenomenal. The contention was drastically reduced, and the Spirit was able to enter and be felt once again.

I am so grateful for inspired Church leaders. I know the choice of this scripture was a direct answer to my prayers. — Candice J. Alvarez, Vancouver, Wash.

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