Living by the scriptures

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.

"Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?"And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?" – D&C 6:22-24.

As my son Brian lay in the hospital, hovering near death, I went into a closet to pray. I needed to know if Brian was going to die, and if so, to be assured that everything would be all right. I needed to know that it was Heavenly Father's will. As I prayed, a great feeling of peace came over me and I knew that I would be able to endure the long hours that lay ahead, including those that I would have to face if Brian did not remain here on earth.

Brian did die the next afternoon. The time surrounding his death was very special. The feeling of peace stayed with me. It was a time when we felt especially close to our Heavenly Father.

A couple of weeks later, in my grief, I again wondered if Brian's death had been Heavenly Father's will. As I searched for comfort, I opened my scriptures. As I read this passage from the Doctrine and Covenants, I felt once again (and will always know), that wonderful blessing of peace that we may receive from personal revelation (or witness) from God.

How grateful I am that the scriptures spoke to me personally that day and reminded me of Heavenly Father's love for me as His child.