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Living by the scriptures

And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?

Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. — 2 Nephi 4:27-28

It was another lonely evening in my small apartment. I knelt by my bed for my evening prayer before turning out the light, with little expectation that this prayer would be any different than most others. After giving thanks, I simply prayed for some understanding of the scriptures.

I was new in the Church and just starting to learn something about the gospel. I felt that I was very far behind in my spiritual progression — after all, I was 61 years old, single and not very sure about my future. But something told me that I was on the right track, so I clung to that feeling. Nevertheless, I still felt lonely and somewhat confused, but willing to press on trying to follow my new spiritual road map.

I picked up my Book of Mormon. It had been given to me by my daughter some 10 years earlier, but only recently had the pages seen the light of day. As I lay in bed reading, I came upon a verse that seemed to jump off the page at me. It was in 2 Nephi, in the 4th chapter, where Nephi tells about his father leaving a blessing with his family before he died. He praises the Lord and then asks himself the question, "And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh?" But the next verse is the one that jumped out at me. "Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul."

Now, some four years later, there is no need for me to yield to sin. The blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ have moved me to another place — a state where the evil one has no place, just as Nephi said. — Mack McCarley, Chandler, Ariz.