Choose Faith in Jesus Christ and Blessings Will Come
Do you ever wonder how everything seems to miraculously work out? Sometimes our problems don’t always resolve right away, or in the way we would have planned; but they do resolve—if we put our trust in the Lord. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) I know and believe that everything will always work out as we put our trust in God—such has been the case in my own life. And whenever we are discouraged, we can remember the words of the Mormon prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, who said, “My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith” (“Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign, May 2009).
In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. Ted first explains that the Lord Jesus Christ has all power, and then he shares a personal experience of how this truth was made manifest in his own life:
All Power Is Given unto Me
The scriptures teach us about the power of the Lord. John bore record that Christ “received a fulness of the glory of the Father; And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth” (D&C 93:16–17). Jesus Himself said “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). He said to Abraham, “For I am the Lord thy God; I dwell in heaven; the earth is my footstool; I stretch my hand over the sea, and it obeys my voice; I cause the wind and the fire to be my chariot; I say to the mountains—Depart hence—and behold, they are taken away by a whirlwind, in an instant, suddenly. My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee” (Abraham 2:7–8).
As we make our way worthily through the minefields of mortality, His hand will be over us. We have access to a Being who can do anything, and we have an invitation, even a command, to bring our needs to Him.
My wife and I were married while we were in college. We had agreed during our courtship to begin our family at once when we were wed. I had a full-time night shift job. We would work hard, save where possible, and trust in the Lord and in His power and love for our welfare.
During our engagement, we talked often about how narrow a margin we would have for unexpected expenses. “Sweetheart, what will we do if the time comes when we simply do not have enough to get by?” I asked one Sunday as we sat in the swings of an elementary school. The wedding was only a few weeks away.
“We know God will help us. We’ll trust Him,” she said.
“How?” I wanted to know. “How will we demonstrate our trust?”
“What does your mother do when she is in financial difficulty?” she asked. “Does she pay less tithing?”
“No,” I answered. “She pays more.”
“Can’t we do something like that?” she continued. We thought for a moment. Then she spoke again. “If the time ever comes when we don’t have enough money, let’s take whatever we have to the Lord, tell Him what we need, and trust Him.”
Two years went by. We had a baby and another one was coming. Medical bills and car repairs had ruined our budget. We had fourteen dollars and needed fifty. The next paycheck was a week and a half away.
One Saturday afternoon we talked about our dilemma at the kitchen table. “Do you remember what we decided to do in this situation?” my wife asked me.
I remembered. But that was talk. We had only fourteen dollars to last us for ten days. As I worried out loud, my wife interrupted me. “Sweetheart,” she said, “we made an agreement. The Lord has never let us down. Let’s trust Him.”
We wrote a check for fourteen dollars Sunday morning and slipped it into a tithing envelope. Then we called upon the Lord. We told Him we needed fifty dollars and that we were willing to trust Him. even so, my thoughts during our Sunday meetings were focused on how we were going to get by without any money for a week and a half.
As we entered our apartment after church, the phone was ringing. It was my mother. We visited for a moment, and then it happened.
“Son, do you remember in elementary school when you used to take a quarter or two each week and buy stamps to fill up U.S. savings bonds?” she asked.
I had a vague recollection. It had been a long time.
“I was in the basement this morning,” she continued, “and as I opened a box, I noticed an envelope. In it were the two savings bonds you bought when you were in the second and third grades.”
“What denomination are they?” I asked, and I felt a small, warm hope growing in me.
“Twenty-five dollars,” she said. “They must be worth a little more than fifty dollars by now.”
Some would call it coincidence. The bonds were already there, in the envelope, in the box. But more than seventy-three hundred days had gone by since I placed the final twenty-five cent stamp on the second bond. My mother found that envelope on the day we gave our fourteen dollars to the Lord. My wife and I knew the Lord was at work with His power.
The Lord has that kind of power. He said, “For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8). Did He know when I was in second grade that one day, my wife and I would need fifty dollars and pray for it with real intent? Of course He did, and He started me on a savings program. The scriptures make this clear: “But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words” (1 Nephi 9:6).
The remarkable thing about a story such as this is that it resonates in so many lives. Thousands and thousands of God’s children can testify of such manifestations of His power with stories that are as sweet to them as this one is to me. (pages 73-76)
I invite you to “come unto Christ” and feel of His matchless power in your life. And if you ever feel like your faith simply isn’t strong enough, take courage from the counsel of a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Neil L. Andersen, who said, “As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. … In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith” (“You Know Enough,” Ensign, Nov. 2008).
Article was written by Ashley Bell
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