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LIVING BY THE SCRIPTURES

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Thomas, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.

Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation. - D&C 31:1-3.

My wife and I were baptized into the Church, causing great contention and criticism from our families. This went on for a considerable length of time, and following counsel from my bishop, I prayed very hard, telling Heavenly Father of my concerns of this situation and asking for His help.

One night these verses came to me so clearly. I had been in the Church just a short while and had not read the Doctrine and Covenants. My only knowledge of them was referenced by missionaries to clarify teachings, and what I had heard in the gospel principles class.

The following morning with great excitement and a little apprehension I turned to the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 31. Imagine my feelings of astonishment to see that it commenced with my own name, "Thomas, my son." It was seconds before I could take my eyes off that beginning to read further.

The words of comfort, the assignment and the promised blessings that followed filled my heart with joy and comfort. It was no surprise to me to first be called as a stake missionary and then as ward mission leader.

We now enjoy the respect of all our family members. None have yet joined the Church but many have accepted the Book of Mormon into their homes. Most of all, I have had the joy of baptizing my own two daughters.