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Living by the scriptures

Be still and know that I am God. — Doctrine and Covenants 101:16

In May 2004, while living in Florida, I became greatly disturbed about an event that was planned for the following June. Feeling strongly that the plans for this occasion were terribly wrong, I found myself getting more and more irritated. As the days passed, I became consumed with anger.

Home alone one Thursday, I was unable to concentrate or focus on my work so I commenced to pace, slowly wearing a path as I roamed around the house, praying aloud and crying. This went on for quite some time until I was so exhausted that I weakened, allowing an impression to prompt me to get a book from my small collection. I pulled out the book, and started to read. About ten pages into it, I felt the anger literally drain from my body, starting at my head and flowing into the floor.

Then suddenly, the scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 101:16 came into my mind so forcefully I was infused with energy and renewed strength coupled with peace and serenity. Two days later I sat in a prayer meeting at the start of my shift as a temple ordinance worker. The sister giving the spiritual thought quoted Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God...." reinforcing that significant lesson of two days earlier.

The event took place in June 2004; it went exactly as I had hoped it would. The circumstances that I was upset about were changed.

Since that time, this scripture has become my standard. When my son was killed in a car accident in October 2006, I thought of this scripture many times and, again, I was strengthened. Now, whenever I start to fret or worry, I remember to "Be still,..." and I know that all will be well. — Carol Thacker, Hidden Hollow Ward, Layton Utah North Stake

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