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LIVING BY THE SCRIPTURES

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And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.

And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation. - D&C 68:3-4.

Several months ago my husband and I were making a decision of some significance to our family, a decision that we had struggled with for many months. Although we had devotedly studied and prayed, we did not feel comfortable with either alternative. Finally, we requested an interview with our stake president for counsel and a priesthood blessing.

We fasted and prayed the day we were to meet with the president. Upon arriving at his office, we learned that he, too, had been fasting and praying in our behalf. After a heartfelt discussion, he blessed me and then my husband. In these blessings the Lord gave us a very distinct answer to our question. I was grateful for this direction especially since the answer was not the option I would have chosen.

When we returned home that evening we began to discuss a scripture our stake president had shared with us. Neither of us could remember the reference. Distinctly the thought came to my mind - Doctrine & Covenants, Section 68. I turned to that section and read verses 3 and 4. What I found was not the scripture shared with us by the stake president. Instead I found a powerful witness to me from the Lord that His will had been pronounced that evening.

In the ensuing months, this passage of scripture has become an iron rod to my husband and me as we reflect upon the consequences of that decision. It reminds us that the Lord does indeed guide our lives.