Living by the scriptures

And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.1 Nephi 11:25

During the Christmas season I was with some friends at a local restaurant. I had a really bad attitude until one of these friends asked me if the CTR ring on my finger stood for Chevy Trucks Rule rather than Choose the Right.

When my friend said this I realized choosing the right isn't only about following the commandments; it's also about choosing the right kind of attitude and treating others kindly and with respect.

Fortunately, this wasn't the only lesson I learned that night. After we were done at the restaurant, my friends took me to the viewpoint area of the nearby dam.

An iron banister led down the stairs carved into the sandstone to the viewpoint area. I figured I could manage going down the steps without holding onto the banister, but my feet kept slipping across the gritty sandstone.

My friend pointed to the banister and simply said, "Hold to the rod."

Gripping the iron banister, I eased down to the viewpoint area where the 710-foot tall dam sparkled as lights in the shape of a Christmas tree glittered in the center.

After I was told to hold to the rod I was reminded of Lehi's dream. 1 Nephi 11:25 explains that the iron rod represents God's word. Just like the iron banister helped me down to the viewpoint area, God's word/iron rod is there to help us at any time.

Sometimes, though, a reminder to choose the right or hold to the rod helps out a little more, even when it's the most obvious thing in the world. — Sari A. Koehler, Delta, Colo.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax (801) 237-2524. E-mail: [email protected]

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