Living by the scriptures

And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.1 Nephi 19:9

I have developed a habit of moaning, groaning, complaining and murmuring when I do not feel well. Since I am growing older and my pains are becoming more intense and chronic, I realize that this behavior has become an everyday occurrence.

Recently, I read an article in the newspaper about a minister who noticed that his members were murmuring and complaining continually over almost everything. He decided to challenge them to overcome this by asking them to put an elastic band on their wrist and every time they murmured, to put it on their other wrist.

I related this article to my husband and suggested that maybe this could curtail my murmuring. He quickly gave me a rubber band!

However, one Sunday in the gospel doctrine class we read about the intense pain that the Savior suffered prior to and during the crucifixion on our behalf.

I have always believed that we should emulate our Savior Jesus Christ in all things and take upon us His countenance. At a time when so much pain was inflicted upon him, He suffereth it and said nothing. This has become the greatest deterrent to breaking this habit. Now I think twice or bite my tongue before complaining, and I think I am making progress. — Helen Chandler, Midvale, Utah

"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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