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Living by the scriptures

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Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.

Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? — Doctrine and Covenants 6:22-23

Although I had been raised in the Church, it wasn't until I was about 16 years old that I finally recognized the need to know for myself the truth and to have my own testimony of the restored gospel.

I began my quest through daily scripture study, sometimes reading in the Book of Mormon; other times, the Doctrine and Covenants. Every night, I prayed. Night after night, I poured my heart out, desiring to know. Most often, I would fall asleep, too tired to even finish my prayer.

One night I cried out, frustrated that I didn't feel I was receiving an answer. I felt like God just kept letting me fall asleep without answering me. Then part of a scripture I had read popped into my mind: ". . . . cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart." I had done that.

I spent a few minutes and found the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 6:22. It was verse 23 that contained my answer. I had felt peace — enough to make me fall asleep. I already knew the truth; I just didn't realize it. But God had witnessed to me and answered my prayers. He had indeed spoken "peace unto (my) mind concerning the matter." — Sister Corinna Motola, Venezuela Barcelona Mission