Sunday, November 7, 2010

Are you REALLY there?

Something happened to us today.  I am still quite speechless about it.  Let me give you a bit of background.

It just so happens that Hoss was paid two weeks ago for his final week at both of his previous jobs.  We knew that money would be tight, but we had no idea just how tight.  Hoss found out that he would not be getting paid from Leprino until November 12th.  His last day at UPS and the BSA was October 22, a there were a lot of bills and food items that needed to be paid for between that last bit of pay and his first paycheck.

We are here now, coming up on that payday.  We have been able to meet all of our obligations, as well as keep food on our table.  How did we do this?  We turned to prayer and were able to solve the problem.  With rent paid, and a few other major bills that would not wait as well, we were left with $10 to get some groceries for this week.  We had been praying that we would be able to spread our table and have sufficient for our needs, getting us through the week.

Due to prayer, we have been blessed in 2 ways since the beginning of Saturday the 8th.  The first was when we went to the store to get a few staples with the remainder of our money, we found that the cheese and bread was on sale.  I do not believe that this was a coincidence.  We had just enough for our little list of needs.  The only question was if it was enough to get us to Friday.  As we went to bed last night, we slept with a prayer in our hearts that the 'five loaves and 2 two fishes' would stretch.  We got up.  It was a wonderful Sabbath morning.  No one was running late, and we left our house with plenty of time to pick up a brother in the ward who needs a ride each week (we'll call him Brother D).  This man is a recent convert to the Church, and he cannot drive, hence why we pick him up each week.  As Hoss got out to open the door for Brother D. he went to shake Hoss's hand.  In it was a $20 bill.  He then said, "My sister told me to give this to you.  She said that God told her to give it to you to pay for gas."

After dropping Brother D off at his house, I asked Hoss what was said.  I was speechless.  And at that moment, the girls began to sing one of their primary songs.  Here are the first few phrases... it happens to be one of my very favorites from my time in primary:

"Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel you close around me when I pray" (A Child's Prayer).

I have had many witnesses of the truth of this sweet song.  But I wanted to share this one experience.  It is important to know that Heavenly Father is there, and that He is listening to our prayers.  I don't know about anyone else, but I am so grateful to know that He is there.  This experience came out of no where.  We were blessed through the hands of someone else.  We would never consider asking Brother D. for gas money.  In fact, it had never even crossed our mind.  However, we are very grateful for him and his sister for listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  Through him, our 'five loaves and two fishes' were multiplied (Mark 6: 36-44).


  1. "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise" (D&C 82:10).

  2. That is very neat experience, I know the Lord is trully mindful of you and does for you just as he does for the lillies...consider the they grow...A very good example to me of faith, thanks for sharing.

  3. It makes me cry. What an awesome testimony builder and example of prayer and faith!

  4. It really is. I was literally speechless. Every time I tried to say something, I could feel the overwhelming feeling of love and comfort building up. I was not safe to talk about it for fear of weeping. I am very grateful for the love of Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. It is an experience that I will never forget. We discussed it with Big T and little H, but they just couldn't grasp the enormity of it all. One day, I hope they will understand.

  5. Thank you for your faith and strengthening mine. I know that the lord hears and answers our prayers. God be with you!!!


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