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Living by the scriptures

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

— John 9:2-3

It was a Friday night and I couldn't sleep. The previous day we were told our little baby was blind and that more tests were needed to find out if he had any other abnormalities. I had sought comfort and guidance in scriptures and prayer, but my heart was still in turmoil over what lay ahead for us, and our precious son. I went out into the cool summer night to offer yet another prayer. This scripture vividly came to my mind.

I sat in humble adoration as the Holy Ghost taught me how this scripture applied to us. My soul was truly comforted as this and more scriptures once read were brought to my remembrance. I knew that the Lord's will was at work and felt blessed and honored to be the mother of this child. How broad your view becomes through scripture reading.

Through his 12 years of life, that warm, comforting Spirit has carried us through everything. And we are already blessed to see numerous ways the work of God has been "made manifest."

Annette Andersen, Salt Lake City, Utah.


"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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