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Dialogues on Science and Religion I 131 the scriptures that I take greatest strength from, and I probably quote it to myself several times a day, is a scripture that has meaning that I cannot begin to describe to you because of the strength that I get from repeating the words to myself whenever there is a situation when my thoughts begin to go awry or where something comes up of a distracting nature. That scripture is found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:45-46: "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God, and the doctrines of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from Heaven. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy sceptre an unchanging sceptre of righteousness and truth; thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee for ever and ever." And that to me is the whole process of life. My confidence—the confidence that I want to wax strong in the presence of God—is predicated upon my own mental processes. That is how I become a god, by bringing those processes under control. So if I happen to see a pretty girl who has got some kind of an enticing garment on or who does not have much of a garment on, then I keep my eyes from dwelling upon that. I have to look at people as I walk down a hall, but I keep my eyes where I can recognize facial features and not look at other body areas. If I am in a situation where there are temptations of another nature, then all I do is I just say to myself "Let thy bowels be full of charity. . ." and I repeat it to myself. It is long enough so that other things leave my mind by the time I am through. I cannot tell you how often I thrill inside from that experience. You ask, "What commitments have you made?" Well, my commitment is that "as for me and my house, we are going to live the commandments of the Lord." I acknowledge the fact that I have got a long way to go. There are many things that I do not really have control of. At times, I still get mad or exasperated or impatient and so forth. Those are the things that I do not like, for charity suffereth long, charity wanteth not—that is my goal, that is my commitment— to be charitable, to learn to practice what the Lord has told us. When I read the scriptures and when I contemplate in the quietness of my own study just what the Lord has given us and how many keys and how many secrets He has manifested to us—it thrills me inside because I just begin to get a little bit of an inkling, a little bit of the taste of what eternity is really like—and that experience makes me hungry for similar experiences because that really is the only thing that I have ever experienced in life that has any kind of a lasting meaning. Fortunately, I am blessed with a wife who feels the same way. I can share these things with her and I can thrill with her as we discuss these kinds of things that are of an eternal nature, and I feel very strongly that there is power on the other side of the veil that has great influence on us. There are things that go into making up the sacred nature of my testimony that I feel the Lord has given to me alone and are not to be shared. I cannot deny the presence of the Lord. I cannot deny the functionings and workings of the priesthood. Because I cannot deny it, the only logical and reasonable avenue open to me is to commit myself wholly to that which I know is the way of the Lord. We have talked for over an hour. Are there any other things concerning your religious development you want to talk about?