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Living by the scriptures

For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1 Peter 4:6

Recently, we had unusually great weather even for the dry, warm winter we've had here in the Northwest. It was not only sunny and dry but temperatures were in the 70s. On Monday I began to have a feeling that I should go to the temple.

My husband left for an extended 12-day business trip Monday morning. I was apprehensive about going too far away, especially after experiencing the Seattle earthquake less than a week before, when I had to go to the school to calm one of my young children. It's a 40-minute drive to the temple if traffic is going smoothly. When it isn't, it can take much longer.

As Tuesday morning dawned bright, sunny and warm again, I was tempted to stay close to home and work in the yard instead. Then my youngest received a phone call inviting her and her sister to ride the bus home from school with two sisters who are their friends. Knowing they would be occupied and cared for, I calculated that if I left for the temple directly after dropping her off at afternoon kindergarten, I could be home [shortly] after my two older sons arrived home from school.

In good spirits, I drove to the temple feeling only slightly guilty for leaving the yard work on such a perfect day. When I arrived and dressed it was 1:29 p.m. In the dressing room, I passed a sister who greeted me with, "Good. You're here. They're waiting for you." I expected I'd be going directly up to the ordinance room.

But as I entered the chapel, I saw one other sister and three brethren still seated and waiting. I took a seat and reached for the scriptures. They fell open to Section 138 of the Doctrine and Covenants. This vision given to Joseph F. Smith as he read and pondered 1 Peter confirmed that it was the right decision for me to be in the temple that day, and I felt that a day of rejoicing was at hand for one more sister on a bright and beautiful day.

— Susan C. Brown, Estacada, Oregon.

"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:

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