Living by the scriptures

Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ. — Moro. 7:19.

I first went to college to fulfill a life-long dream, a dream that was postponed while I raised my children. I didn't really have any specific degree in mind, but, during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, my husband had open heart surgery, and it became imperative that I get a degree that would enable me to perhaps become the primary breadwinner.

We had decided to move after I finished my sophomore year, so I could finish my degree at a four-year school. We put our lovely new home on the market, confident that it would sell rapidly. Eight months later, only one couple had even looked at it. We couldn't even find a renter. As the time drew closer when we had to leave in order to get the classes I needed, it seemed that our prayers were going unanswered. We couldn't afford to leave the house vacant. We began to doubt whether the decision to further my education was the right one. Then one morning I picked up my scriptures to read a little before going to school. I randomly turned to Moroni 7 and the words in verse 19 burned in my heart. Here was the reaffirmation that I needed. Knowing that education is a good thing, I finally had the courage to pursue my degree.

Was it coincidental that I happened to turn to that page? Perhaps. It is a much-loved scripture of mine, but I firmly believe that the hand of the Lord was involved, directing us in the way we should go. — Gaye Gibby, Klamath Falls, Ore.