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Living by the scriptures

And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness? — Doctrine and Covenants 6:24

One week before I left on my mission, our bishop informed me that they would be ordaining me an elder in priesthood meeting. I was excited to be surrounded by the priesthood leaders that I had admired all my life.

My father was there and I assumed that he would ordain me. Dad's work on the farm had not been kind to his hearing. Many times we had to repeat statements so he could understand. Our young, eager bishop, turned to my Dad and said, "Melvin, do you want to ordain him or should I?" My dad did not fully hear and understand the bishop's statement. The bishop said, "OK, I will do it." I had wanted my dad to perform the ordinance, but the bishop got the job done.

Twenty years later I had been called to a stake assignment. Our stake president told my wife and me that he would set me apart and then ordain me to the office of high priest. He set me apart, but he didn't ordain me. Afterwards he said, "I didn't ordain you a high priest did I? Is there someone else that you would like to do that?" I told him that my father was coming to visit and I would love to have him ordain me. He said that would be fine, "I just felt that that might be the case."

The next day I was reading in Doctrine and Covenants 6:24, "...for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?" The Lord, in His great wisdom, knew that which "no man knoweth" and after 20 years testified to me in a most personal way, that He understood my deepest righteous desire. — Ralph M. McAffee, Cedar Utah West Stake