Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another. (D&C 90:24.)
It was the summer of 1971, and I was sitting in a stake MIA leadership meeting. My husband was serving in the Army in Vietnam. Although we wanted children, we had been unable to have any. I was discouraged and depressed.
I had just received a letter from another LDS Army wife. Her husband had orders to leave for Vietnam the same day as my husband, but she wrote to say that just a few days before her husband was to report he had received a telegram from the Army changing his orders to Germany. She also told me they were expecting a baby and she would soon be leaving to join her husband.
I felt so cheated. I thought the Lord had forgotten me. I was trying to live the commandments, but it seemed that my friend was getting all the blessings I wanted, and I was getting nothing.
As I sat in that leadership meeting, the scripture theme for the new MIA year was handed to me, D&C 90:24. It seemed to leap off the page at me. It was my answer. I needed to stay close to the Lord and continue to live the commandments the best I could. I knew if I did this, the Lord would bless me.
My husband came home well and safe. We now have six beautiful children and have not wanted for anything. The Lord has blessed us.
Over the years we have dealt with many trials and will have others to deal with, but I have never forgotten that scripture or its impact on me that day.