Living by the scriptures

Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. . . .

Thou shalt not steal.— Exodus 20:12,15

Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May. I am reminded of a lesson I learned when I was 8 years old. I was born in the Netherlands and we were the only LDS members living in our area for many years. During the last two years of World War II, food rationing was so low we were allotted only 4 ounces of bread a week for each person. We had 10 people in our family. There were people dying all around us and some were family members.

One night I was very hungry, and I left my attic bed and crept down the creaking stairs to our almost empty pantry. There was one small loaf of bread, only 5 ounces, and it had already been cut into. I roughly cut a thin slice of bread, ate it and went back to bed.

The next morning at the breakfast table, we waited to receive our thin ration of bread. Mother looked at each of her children one by one. Her eyes rested on mine just a few seconds longer. After prayer we quickly ate our bread. Everyone had received a slice of bread but there was no bread on mother's plate. She went without bread that morning. Nothing was said but I learned a great lesson that day. I never stole another thing in my life. I will always revere her memory. — Abraham Vanwyk, Glendora, California.

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