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Living by the scriptures

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And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them.

— Doctrine and Covenants 109:22

After many years of mental suffering and frustration, I finally learned what was ailing me. I had an acute case of insecurity. My affliction was born of fear and doubts; fear of making mistakes and of what others thought; and doubts about myself and my abilities. I hated being this way, but no matter what I tried to get past it, each attempt brought only temporary results.

I reached the point where I determined to do whatever it took to overcome this weakness. I fervently prayed for guidance and felt strongly that I needed to attend the temple more often. I was blessed to be able to make arrangements to go weekly, and kept it up. Prayer, consistent scripture study and fasting were also necessary, and I committed to do these things.

Time passed, and one day as I was headed to the temple I was feeling discouraged. Though I had sincerely tried to follow the guidance I had received, it seemed the only time I ever really felt at peace was while at the temple. I desired an extra measure of the Spirit and had time before the session started to read just one verse of scripture.

As I opened the scriptures provided for the patrons' use, the book fell open to this verse. I immediately began to weep as the Spirit strongly confirmed to me that I actually had been receiving strength and blessings all along as I tried to follow the promptings I had received. I just needed to believe it.

Carol Coombs Watts, Farmington, 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: