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Living by the scriptures

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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - 3 Ne. 13:19-21.

Our family reunion had reached its final day. Traditionally, we conclude our reunions with a fast and testimony meeting and this reunion was no exception. My heart was full of tender feelings about the family being together for several days.

We caught up on one another's lives, dreams and accomplishments. We talked about our ancestors and their hardships and faith. We rejoiced over recent marriages and our children leaving or returning from missions.

It was a time of reflection and gratitude; an oasis from daily routines and responsibilities. We have returned from each reunion refreshed and strengthened to continue where we left off.

And so, as we gathered for a testimony meeting before departing to our various homes in other cities and states, I felt that any words I could say would not even begin to convey the deep feelings in my heart.

It was then I turned to the scriptures and they fell open to these verses. I shared them with my family because I felt that those times of togetherness gave us a little taste of heaven, and by our participation and commitment to family reunions we were indeed laying up a family treasure in heaven.