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Living by the scriptures

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." — Joshua 1:9

My husband and I were married for a little over a year when he was offered a job in Shanghai, China. After praying about it, we decided to accept the offer. Three weeks later, I found myself in a foreign country. I did not speak any Chinese and had no idea how I was going to occupy my time.

I spent my first three weeks in China very discouraged. I could not find anything to do, and I felt frustrated at the inconvenience of not knowing the language. Simple tasks such as shopping or transportation were suddenly huge obstacles. I felt very isolated and alone. I started to wonder if we had made the right decision to come to Shanghai.

I turned to the scriptures for comfort. One day as I was reading in Joshua, I found a verse that touched my heart: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" (Joshua 1:9). The Spirit reassured me that we had made the right decision. Heavenly Father wanted me to have faith in Him and to be hopeful. I was not alone. The Lord was with me even all the way across the world. With time, I adjusted to the difficulties of living in China and found activities to participate in. I am very grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who offers comfort through the scriptures in times of need. — Carissa Lewis, Shanghai Branch, Shanghai China International District

"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.

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