Living by the scriptures

And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions. — Mosiah 24:14

Last year, in May 2005, my journey with ovarian cancer began. I am grateful I kept my annual check ups. I remember the doctor saying, "You are going to be all right, it is going to be a bumpy road, but you have years ahead of you." Little did I realize the doctor's perception of bumpy. Surgeries and chemotherapy seem like mountains. My last chemo treatment was in October. That is rough stuff.

I had another surgery not related to cancer in March 2006. Finally, it all seemed to have ended the next month. I felt I had finished the race.

The road was rough enough, but I had the Lord's help, I was focused on accomplishing my treatments, keeping myself well and finishing on schedule.

Prayer, reading my scriptures and journal writing were always something I kept doing. When I couldn't read, my husband read to me. It brought great comfort to me. The scripture that meant a lot to me was Mosiah 24:14.

The Lord visited me in my afflictions and when it could have been very painful it was not. The burden I carried was made light through the Lord, my husband, my visiting teachers, my sister, my girlfriend, my neighbor, our home teachers, many in the ward, and the prayers of family and friends.

My request of the Lord was strength to get through the journey. It was granted in faith, knowledge, healing, eating, walking, and patience. I tried to submit cheerfully, even when my own appearance startled me. I worked at it. Yes, the Lord eased my burdens in many ways. Yes, I know of a surety that the Lord visited me many times in my loneliness and struggle. The Lord is a loving God. — Jennie Morel, Allen, Texas