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Living by the scriptures

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God has spoken it.

— Mosiah 2:41.

In 1990 after the birth of our seventh child I was treated for postpartum depression. One dark winter day I stood looking out the kitchen window as I washed the dishes. I began to wonder if I would ever feel truly happy again.

Having a usually bright and cheerful outlook on life, I was amazed to find myself overwhelmed and suffering all the signs of clinical depression after the birth of our sixth child. With treatment we got through it. The second time was easier because I recognized the symptoms and got treatment earlier. I knew, in time, I would feel better but the next few months would be difficult. I questioned why our family had to endure this when we are told if we keep the commandments we will be happy. I knew my family and I were striving to do right. I resolved that morning as I looked out the window that I would continue to try my best and trust in the Lord that someday I would feel that peace and happiness.

That evening as we gathered our children together to read the Book of Mormon and have family prayer, my husband said instead of each of us taking turns to read a few verses as we usually do, we would open the scriptures and read just one verse. As he read this verse from Mosiah I knew the Lord was mindful of my thoughts and need for His assurance.

As the years have passed, some of our children have also needed treatment for clinical depression. We have done an extensive family history and realize this is an affliction that several generations of our family have struggled with. This scripture has helped us to remember that life is a test and when the struggle is over, if we are worthy, we will live with our Heavenly Father again, in a state of never-ending happiness. We never doubt because the Lord has spoken it.

— Mary Bramwell, Townsend, Delaware

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: