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Living by the scriptures

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, brightly dividing the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15

I was raised a Protestant, my grandfather and only brother both ministers. It was difficult to embrace a different religion, but from the moment I entered the small branch building in Madera, Calif., I felt something that always brought me back. Many missionaries later, a lot of meals, and hopes dashed, I would take the challenge. I said "Yes."

The night I was baptized, July 6, 1968, I received a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored, but still did not feel like I had the testimony I needed of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith. That "burning" was what I wanted.

The death of a son in 1973, and a strong desire to see him again, prompted me to seek to know for sure that I was on the right path.

While studying, 2 Timothy 2:15, a scripture I learned as a child, came to mind. So, I began to read the Book of Mormon, finishing it in a few months. Still, I received no answer, or at least not one that satisfied. My scripture became my three-part mantra. Study to show thyself approved unto God — a workman that needeth not to be ashamed — rightly dividing the word of truth.

I began again to study, work and divide the Book of Mormon. One Sunday afternoon as I read, reaching Alma and the wars, I laid the book aside to read something more cheerful and just as I did, it was as though a beautiful, golden light hovered above the book.

Needless to say I picked it up and read it through the second time that year. Last August, our dear prophet President Gordon B. Hinckley asked us to read the Book of Mormon again before the first of the year, 2006. I felt the sweet light of the gospel of Jesus Christ as the Spirit whispered to my soul that I am truly on the right path. — Audrey E. Pool, Madera, Calif.