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Living by the scriptures

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. - 1 Ne. 21:16.

As the early morning seminary students and I struggled through 1 Nephi, Chapters 20 and 21 in which Nephi quotes Isaiah, I realized that not much of what I was teaching seemed to be making an impression.

Then I read, "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." One of the students suddenly came to life saying, "Read that again." I repeated the scripture realizing that something had clicked. Another student said, "Where is that?" As I repeated the scripture reference, they began thumbing through their scriptures. One of the students said, "Wow, that really means something."

Seeing an opportunity for a teaching experience, I asked them what that particular scripture meant to them. As we discussed the personal implication of being graven upon the palms of Christ, every pair of eyes was on me. I bore my testimony of the Savior, and of how much He loves us. A calm awareness of why we were there and what we were trying to accomplish was present.

I am thankful for the knowledge that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and love us as individuals, that they want us to succeed in our righteous endeavors and that through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel we can return to live with them forever.