I think this is beautiful, and a perfect example of a miracle. I
think that all too often we think that we have to be able to watch water
convert to wine before we will believe in miracles.
There is a new show coming this fall, Joan of Arcadia. In one of
the previews, "God" appears to Joan and she wants a miracle. He points
to a tree and says, "There you go." Her answer is "That's just a tree."
and he says, "Then let's see you do it." [roughly paraphrased]
Miracles exist in what we all too often view as mundane, everyday
things. It's a miracle I breathe, that I wake up every morning, that the
sun actually "rises" [no we won't go into whether the sun rises--we all
Thank you for sharing this most personal experience.
On Sun, 17 Aug 2003 15:27:33 -0400 Jon Spencer
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> I was reminded today during Gospel Doctrine of an event which
> happened to
> me. Was it miraculous? I guess that depends upon your definition.
> Did it
> impact my testimony? I'll let you guess.
> I received my endowments on 1994 Sep 23. During that Fall, although
> I had
> to travel a lot for business, I was blessed to be able to attend
> about 20
> endowment sessions. One of these was in the Portland Temple. I had
> a red
> eye back to the east coast that evening, and so I had time to attend
> least 2 sessions. However, after I had completed my first session,
> I felt
> that I had to leave the temple; I was almost literally chased out!
> being one to take a hint, I left.
> I drove (what I remember to be) across the street to eat at Denny's.
> On the
> way in, I encountered a man in the parking lot who said that he and
> father had not had anything to eat. I gave him $5. He then asked
> for money
> to take the bus down to Maryville (does that even exist? - you'll
> later). I told him "No," as I wasn't going to keep giving out
> money, but I
> told him I had sufficient time to drive them down.
> The man went in to Jack in the Box to get his father, and off we
> went. The
> man, who was about 30 and quite well muscled, kept giving me
> directions as we drove south. It soon became apparent to me that
> his true
> intent was to rob me. For some reason, I was not afraid. I can't
> tell you
> to this day why I wasn't.
> Soon after I had this feeling, I felt the Spirit as strongly as I
> have ever
> felt it. Within about 1/2 second, the man said that he wanted to be
> let out
> of the car, and spotting a 7-11, asked to be let out there. As he
> went to
> get out of the car, he said "Weren't you scared?" Why he asked
> that, I
> don't know. For some reason, I replied "No. I have the Priesthood."
> I must
> have been prompted to say that, for otherwise, I have no idea where
> it came
> Anyway, the three of us talked for about 15 minutes, and we parted
> on very
> friendly terms. Was this event for me? For them? For all of us?
> Was it a
> miracle? I think that many would think that this manifestation of
> Spirit, which was observable and confirmed by both believer and
> non-believer, falls into that class of events.
> All I know is that I received proof positive, after I already knew
> what the
> truth was.
> To me, that is a miracle.
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