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LIVING BY THE SCRIPTURES

"Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." - Alma 26:27.

I had been a member of the Church for a year and four months and a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia for 10 months. The experiences and trials of my tour in Estonia had been hard on my new faith. But like the dough when kneaded rises, so did my faith grow. I discovered that as my faith grew through service and love, I wanted more and more to share the source of my joy, which is the Savior.

I had been sharing my frustrations and testimony with a dear friend back home who had begun investigating the Church. I thought I had so much to teach him until he sent one letter which taught me instead.

I'd been struggling with thoughts of ending my tour. I wasn't satisfied with my job, and other pressures were frustrating my effectiveness. I wanted to go home. I prayed for Heavenly Father to help me know His plan for me. Then I received the letter with a verse quoted by my investigator friend. He wrote that he had found certain peace as he read this verse in Alma.

I was at first moved to tears by how the words seemed to be written just for me. Then I felt joy as I realized how the Spirit was witnessing to my friend, and through him, again to me. The lesson I learned is how the gospel, when met by a heart open to the Spirit, can be a source of guidance, comfort and hope. The influence of such is like waves on the water, touching and changing lives in a never-ending journey. - Jennifer Godwin, Kohtla-Jarve, Estonia.