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Living by the scriptures

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. — Isaiah 1:18

The weeks in September brought an unusually brilliant show this year when the mountains became aflame with changing leaf colors of red, scarlet and crimson. My husband and I took advantage of nature's fantastic display and drove the mountain loop to immerse ourselves once again in the awesome scenery.

Taking turns driving, we were both able to enjoy the full effect of the wrap-around color. Overwhelmed by the view, we stopped and took it all in. Words couldn't convey our intense feelings of joy and appreciation as we found ourselves surrounded by the vibrant colors.

We thought of how, in just a short time, the same terrain would change dramatically and be covered with pure white snow. The thought of such sharp contrast brought to mind the inspired words of the Lord found in Isaiah: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."

The profound truth of the Atonement of Jesus Christ suddenly outmatched the beauty of the moment as we were enveloped by His love. Accepting God, accepting the precious and loving gift of the Atonement through His Son, and accepting the responsibility of walking away from sin and apathy are all required to complete the process. Doing so brings the assurance of dramatic and personal change in every season of our lives, and with it unspeakable joy as we will surely find ourselves surrounded by another intense feeling: even the love of Christ, together with our families and our Father in Heaven eternally.

— Joyce B. White, American Fork, Utah

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response features. 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]