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Every Wednesday I go visit members of our congregation and our community who we haven’t seen in awhile, who have fallen away, or who haven’t learned of Jesus Christ and His gospel yet. My intention is to help them feel God’s love in their lives as many times they have chosen a different path in life. I do this in a number of ways, but it always includes praying and reading scripture together along with challenging them to take action and move towards God.
When I prepare for these visits, I spend a few days contemplating and praying about who God would have me visit. Once I have an idea of who to visit, I then spend a few days praying and reading scriptures with these people in mind so God can prepare me for what they need at that time in their lives.
A God of Miracles
There is a great scripture in the Book of Mormon that discusses how God is still a God of miracles today. Here’s part of the chapter:
7 And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking with tongues, and the interpretation of tongues;
8 Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.
9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?
10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.
11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
I love these verses! The other day I was able to witness a God of miracles.
Dreams from God
As I was reading scripture and preparing for one of my visits, I felt an impression in my mind from God that I needed to visit an active member of our congregation and tell them I had felt that God wanted them to invite someone close to them to their home and listen to a message from the missionaries about the gospel of Christ. I didn’t know anything more than that. Just that I needed to challenge them to do this.
For me, this was something that would normally be a bit awkward. First, I don’t usually receive answers to prayer to challenge other people to do things. Secondly, I wasn’t sure how they would take the news with me showing up on their doorstep telling them God wanted them to do something.
However, my experience has led me to believe that I should never turn down a prompting from God and that if I follow the promptings things will work out for the best. Therefore, I visited this individual in our congregation and informed them of my experience I’d had.
To my surprise, the person told me they knew exactly who they needed to ask to come to their home. They went on to tell me about a dream they had had a month or so earlier.
The dream was pretty cut and dry. In the dream, the member of our congregation had seen a certain family sitting around their (the members’) living room. There were missionaries there teaching them the gospel.
When the member woke up, they said they had felt a spiritual confirmation that they needed to invite this family over. However, for various reasons they hadn’t done so yet.
When I showed up and told them of my experience, they knew right away that they needed to invite the family over and accepted the challenge without a problem.
From this experience I learned a few things. First, God cares for each one of us and wants the best from us. He is watching over all of us and those of us who know Him are the ones He uses to bring his other children back to Him. Next, I learned that miracles definitely still happen today and God is a God of miracles. Finally, I learned once again that if I trust in God and act on promptings from His Spirit things will work out for the best.
Do you have any experiences that you consider to be miraculous? If so , please share!