Living by the scriptures

These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;

For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you: for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;

Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words. — D&C 18:34-36

After I graduated from Brigham Young University, I lived with several roommates in Provo, Utah, and taught second grade. One weekend several of my girlfriends invited me to go to a party with them. After I arrived, I realized that everyone there had a date but me. The young men and women at the party tried to make me feel welcome, but their attention increased my embarrassment about being alone.

I returned to my apartment that evening feeling discouraged and forsaken. I knelt in prayer beside my bed and told my Heavenly Father, "I know Thou are there, but I would love to hear a voice so I do not feel so alone." I felt like I needed a friend to talk to me.

Then I opened my scriptures and began to read as I did each evening before I went to bed. These verses spoke directly to my heart. I knew then the Savior was always with me and that I could hear His voice whenever I read the scriptures. I no longer felt alone but instead recognized how much my Father in Heaven loved me. I realized that He knew my needs and that He heard and answered prayers.

Three years later I married in the temple and now have four sons. Although I am confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis and am blind, I still feel comforted when I remember that scripture and when I listen to the scriptures on tape. My life has been richly blessed because of my knowledge that God lives and answers our prayers. — Mary Sutton, Sandy, Utah