This morning my husband fixed our dishwasher. An electric component had gone out, and despite him not having any electronics training, he was able to find the $40 part and get it working again. As much as I cringed at the $40, a repair call would have been even more, and a new dishwasher still more. That could have been my daily miracle right there, but then we got to talking.
These last two months have been a little crazy around here. All three cars had a tire blow out. Two cars needed brake jobs. The dishwasher obviously went out. Not only that but our printer died, two vacuums died, the DVD player died, the microwave refused to work, my daughter’s laptop stopped working, and we needed a new couch. A busy few weeks. As we started listing everything that had been going out at the same time, we realized a few things. These last two months we had the money, the time, and the knowledge to take care of everything we needed. Any other two months this year and I don’t think we would have been able to handle it as well.
Not everything just had money to throw at fixing it. Bought one new tire, two used. Did one brake job ourselves with some help, and have an appointment in a few days for the last brake job with a friend. Husband was able to fix the dishwasher. Brother in law was able to fix the computer. Vacuum was under warranty, and a friend gave us a loaner until it is back. Microwave and DVD started working again on their own. Found a great couch at a yard sale, and the business had some extra money for the printer. I think what happened was summed up best by Elder Bednar a few weeks back. Click below to listen to the 17 minute talk from General Conference.
A few months ago I had an interesting experience. We were right in the middle of dealing with a serious mental health crisis with my son. As we were dealing with this particular issue, we found out that Pres. Jeffry R. Holland was coming to visit our ward. It would be a short visit and he would be very busy, but I wondered about the timing. If I really believed that he was an apostle of God, as were the apostles at the time of Christ, could he help our family? Throughout the scriptures are stories of children and families being healed by Christ and the apostles. I knew that I love my child every bit as much as the parents in ancient times, and I knew that I needed help. Was help being sent? Did I have enough faith to receive help? I had many questions about how to help my son that needed answering, that my local leaders were unable to address sufficiently.
I did a lot of praying and a lot of fasting. I didn’t know exactly what type of help I needed. I was not sure exactly what to pray for. I prayed that if there was any way that this apostle could help our family that we would have enough faith to receive that help. I was told that my prayers had been heard, and that it was taken care of. The visit came and went. I had no direct interaction with President Holland. We attended a dinner with him, my son declined to attend, but we brought others to join us. As far as I knew, my son avoided any potential contact the same way he has continued to avoid all potential help. Still, I was at peace that my prayers had been heard and accepted.
This last weekend was LDS General Conference weekend. The incident over the summer was pretty much out of my mind. Then Elder Holland stepped up to speak. He opened his talk by stating that he was going to address those dealing with serious mental health problems. He then proceeded to answer all of my questions that truly needed answering. It was a direct answer to my personal prayers and I can not question that the Lord heard and answered my prayers this summer.
View of Conference Center spire taken from south of the Center on North Temple St., Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)