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Living by the scriptures

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And now, O my son Helaman, behold thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. - Alma 36:3.

When our oldest son was 4 years old, he began having seizures and was admitted to Primary Children's Hospital for medical tests. I was allowed to stay overnight with him so I would be there to comfort him. This was a frightening time for me, and I felt I was the one who most needed comfort and reassurance. My son did not sense my concern as he happily played with the toys in the playroom.

After he fell asleep, I felt all alone and began praying to Heavenly Father for peace and comfort. I reached into my bag of belongings and felt my Book of Mormon. It was like finding a friend. I wondered which passage to read to find the help I needed at that moment. I prayed again that I would be able to find a scripture that would give me peace, comfort and hope. I opened the Book of Mormon to this passage and as I read, I felt great peace come over me, knowing of God's love for me and my son, and knowing the Holy Ghost was there supporting me in this trial.

That was 20 years ago. It's been an uphill fight for our family as our son has battled epilepsy and depression. I have never forgotten the promise made to me in that scripture. We rejoice at the very success of our son and recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives.