By Sadie C., member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and student at Brigham Young University (BYU).
Answers To Prayers: The Power of God’s Word
As I read through Moses chapter one, a book of ancient scripture within a volume called The Pearl of Great Price, thinking about the relationship between Moses and God, I couldn’t help but think of a personal experience I had earlier this week. I had found myself in a state of confusion and frustration that had no cure but to call upon the Lord. This semester began differently for me than semesters past. I was a senior in high school when I picked my major, and I have loved it ever since. Lately, however, I have begun to question my choice. I have wondered whether I really love what I am doing, or if I am even capable of doing it. I spent the first week of school switching classes and exploring options.
While I was a bit confused at the thought of what I wanted to do, I still felt under control and as though I had a handle on the situation. Unfortunately, all of that seemed to change overnight. From one day to the next I felt as though my sense of clarity had been lost, and all aspects of my future seemed blurred. I made my way through the day in a haze of confusion and frustration.
For quite sometime I had been praying and fasting for answers to personal questions. I had been feeling as though everything was going well, and that the Lord was telling me that I had been making good decisions that He approved of. On this day, however, I felt as though the answers to my prayers were completely flipped. I came home that night feeling completely betrayed. In less than 24 hours I had been led to believe that all of my hopes and dreams of the past two years were in vain. As I was getting into bed, completely ready to fall asleep, I decided to take a quick read through my patriarchal blessing (special blessings given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) to help guide them in their lives).
As I read through the blessings promised to me, I realized what my problem had been throughout the day. It was only when I was faced with the council and advice of sources other than my Father in Heaven that I found myself in doubt. I thought of Moses telling Satan that he received his strength from God, and that Satan needed to depart. I realized that I had done the opposite. While I may not have been faced with the words of Satan, I was still putting my trust in the wrong places.
As I continued to read through my blessing, I was reminded more of Moses. The Lord said unto him, “I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands; but not all, for my works are without end…” I realized that God has his own timetable, and that I need to trust God and His timing. I may desire the answers to all of my questions now, but I know that the Lord has a greater plan. Later in the chapter, the Lord confides in Moses that he has “a work” for Moses to perform. I could clearly see in my blessing the work that the Lord had for me. I was reminded that the Lord knows my situation, he knows my strengths and weaknesses, and He knows what will make me happiest. I just have to remember to seek Him, and to trust God always.