Living by the scriptures

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. – Ether 12:6.

In 1978, our eldest son had completed a mission and law school, and was married with two small girls, and was practicing law in Las Vegas, Nev.

He developed severe back pain, and was diagnosed with cancer that had spread into his lungs. Surgery removed most of the cancer, but the prognosis was grim. The disease was too advanced to treat successfully and the family was informed that he had only two to three months to live.

Following extensive testing, there did not appear to be any cancer cells in his liver. He had a choice of receiving treatment with experimental drugs, but there was only a 25 percent chance of success. He and his wife opted for the chemotherapy.

My 87-year-old mother, who had endured many adversities with unwavering faith, reassured us that the Lord would hear our prayers. I believe she sensed I was having difficulty saying to the Lord, "Thy will be done." I was afraid the Lord's will was not the same as mine. Mother gave me the scripture quoted in Ether 12:6. I taped it to the refrigerator and read it every day. In the meantime our families, wards and friends fasted and prayed for a miracle.

My son was beginning to respond favorably to the treatments, though terribly ill and discouraged. He had been on treatments for 17 months, with three months left, when my husband collapsed and died.

When I went to the mortuary to see my husband, I suddenly felt calm for the first time in months. I felt the presence of the Savior and knew without a doubt that this mortal body is only one part of the plan of salvation. My faith had been tried and the promised witness was my reward. My son lived with the help of the Lord and the knowledge the Lord provides to medical science. That scripture has provided me with courage and peace of mind many times as I have made decisions concerning my family.