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Living by the Scriptures

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. . . Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known. - D&C 60:13.

During the summer of 1996, our family made a move to a little branch in western Alabama. We were given a royal welcome our first Sunday. One of the first questions asked of us was, "Do any of you play the piano?"When I was young, my mother had given me less than two years of piano instruction. We had also lived several years before in a branch in North Carolina where there had been a shortage of piano players, and I had been given the opportunity to practice and play for sacrament meetings. This had been a very difficult and overwhelming challenge for me.

Whenever I made mistakes playing during sacrament meetings, I felt I took away from the reverence and spirituality of this sacred meeting. I often would go home in tears with feelings of inadequacy, but I continued practicing and playing. Many branch members encouraged me with kind words. My husband gave me a special blessing.

I was now placed in a similar situation once again. At first I was tempted to remain silent, but the above scripture seemed to be written especially for me.

I now serve as our branch assistant music chairman and play the piano regularly. I will never be an accomplished piano player, but I enjoy the opportunity to play and to serve the Lord in this capacity.