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Living by the Scriptures

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

My wife, Leona, and I had always planned on serving a mission later in life. Then I had a cancer operation in October 1996. This left me with some problems, so I decided I wouldn't go on a mission and just serve in our local ward.

In February 1998, our bishop asked if we would consider going on a mission. I told him no, as I had already served 7½ years as a stake and full-time missionary and also had lasting effects from cancer.

In August of that year, our married children, unbeknownst to us, got together and had a special fast that we might serve a mission. The next Sunday morning, I woke up at about 4 a.m., and felt I should pray about a mission. In the prayer, I asked the Lord to let me know for sure if He wanted us to go. When I got to Church that morning, the bishop handed me some papers of places to go on a mission and asked me to look them over.

That same Sunday I was teaching a gospel doctrine class. Proverbs 3:5-6 was part of the lesson. This scripture came to me with great force by the power of the Spirit. In a joint meeting that day, a former mission president spoke about how much couple missionaries are needed. Needless to say, the answer was obvious. I went home and told my wife. She was very happy, as she had always wanted to go. We served in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission and were blessed by trusting in the Lord, like the scripture said.

— Ken Baldwin, Wilson 2nd Ward, Ogden Utah West Stake

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