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Living by the scriptures

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.

Joel 2:25

It was Christmas 1984, and I was busy addressing Christmas cards at the dining room table when I had a tremendous feeling of gratitude come over me for the blessings of the year that was passing.

I had had twins born to us in May of that year, after a difficult pregnancy. Though doctors had told me not to have any more children, the Lord had let me know differently. I thought of sad years when I had lost two children, one 2 years old, and another stillborn. Though I had other children, there always seemed to be empty places in our family. Now our house was full of children, six altogether, and we were very blessed.

As I reflected on these blessings I found this scripture in the opened pages of the Bible laying on the table next to me. My eyes filled with tears, as I knew that the Lord was letting me know that He had restored to us the opportunity to raise more children, and that this was a special blessing from Him.

The years have brought many challenges but these children have been of great comfort and strength to me

Ruth Russell, Lathrop, Calif.

"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: [email protected]