Living by the scriptures

Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me.

— Doctrine and Covenants 50:40-41

When I was 10 years old, I had a hard time believing I could ever live up to the standards I had been taught in Primary. I knew that I should be kind and helpful, but I always seemed to fall short.

My first resolves to stop fighting with my brother always melted away after one or two insults. Afterward, I'd feel defeated and hopeless. One summer afternoon, after another unsuccessful attempt to be Christlike, I crawled up into the attic to talk to my Heavenly Father. Tears streamed down my face as I told Him, "I've tried, Father, but I can't be good. I'm a wicked girl and I'm never coming back to you." As I knelt there sobbing, I felt a special quiet feeling surround me. I had a strong prompting to open my mother's scriptures I had taken up to the attic with me. Almost with a life of their own, the pages fell open to Doctrine and Covenants, Section 50, verses 40-41. I read in awe, knowing this message was meant especially for me.

The warmth and joy that filled my soul at that moment has been a strength and assurance to me all my life. I know that if Heavenly Father heard the prayer of a little girl in a little house, then He hears my prayers now. He hears my prayers as I plead as a missionary to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth," that I might be a better instrument in bringing His love and light to His precious children.

Sister Rebecca Broadbent, Taby, Sweden.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]