Living by the scriptures

And it came to pass that we did again take our journey in the wilderness; and we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth. And we did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness; and our women did bear children in the wilderness.

And so great were the blessings of the Lord upon us, that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women did give plenty of suck for their children, and were strong, yea, even like unto the men; and they began to bear their journeyings without murmurings. — 1 Nephi 17: 1-2

I was in the midst of chemotherapy, feeling very weak physically and worried about how I would be able to take care of my four children and my responsibilities at home. I found great strength and comfort from the scriptures throughout my new battle with cancer, but when I read this scripture in 1 Nephi 17: 1-2, I knew it was just for me. I felt a new confidence that if the women of Nephi's time could have strength from the Lord to bear their burdens, then I could too. I knew the Lord would bless me that I could get through this next difficult step in my treatment. And He did. It wasn't easy, but I felt constantly blessed and fortified.

I tried to go for a walk every day during chemotherapy, and as I walked I often thought of those women of the Book of Mormon. Knowing that they had to do difficult things, that probably seemed impossible to them, gave me the courage to do the things I needed to do, because I knew my Heavenly Father would help me.

Throughout my life I have read and studied the scriptures, but I have never realized the great peace and learning that come from them until I began this journey with cancer. It is the basic, simple things like studying the scriptures and prayer that provide such great comfort and understanding during difficult times. I am so thankful to a loving Father in Heaven and Savior who give us these tools. — Olivia Freeman, Piru, Calif.