Living by the scriptures

For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart? — Mosiah 5:13

In 1989 I was a missionary serving in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. I had been serving for about 14 months and was having a great time. Then for some reason, my missionary experience began to be less of a good time with many spiritual experiences and started to feel more like a chore that had to be done.

This feeling went on for several weeks until one day I decided to find out from the scriptures what was going on.

After lunch I went to my bedroom and determined to let the Book of Mormon be my guide. I said a prayer to my Heavenly Father to help me search the scriptures and receive an answer to my problem. I closed my prayer and picked up the Book of Mormon. Within seconds I opened up the pages to Mosiah 5:13 and the words leaped out at me. I read this passage over and over with a thrill that my prayer had been answered. My problem wasn't things that were happening in my mission. My problem was myself! I had let the cares of the world and the thoughts of home take precedence over the things of the Spirit and true missionary service.

This experience has stayed with me and taught me the value of the scriptures and prayer for personal guidance. I am thankful the Lord answered my prayer that day and I know He will do so in the future. — Eric Speelmon, Mesa, Ariz.

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