Thursday, April 29, 2010


" Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths". Proverbs 3:5-6
Right now there are some heavy struggles going on with some of my children and grandchildren.
This is one of the first scripture verses that I memorized. There is a story behind it. I dated my eternal companion while we were in High School. After our High School graduation we went to the University of Utah for a year. He then left on a two year mission for our church to the Northern California mission. Two years was such a long time; but with letters and occasional phone calls I waited for him to come home.  While he was gone I immersed myself in Nursing school. The wait was hard for both of us because we really wanted to be together forever.
When he came home I decided not to go out to the airport to meet him. I felt he should be with his family first. This was really a hard decision for me; I wanted to see him so bad. I remember well the day that he came home. As I finished school and drove home; I got out of my car and heard the plane go over my house and I was pretty sure that was his plane. It was around 2 pm. in the afternoon. I thought he would come to see me within a couple of hours. I changed my clothes and waited. The wait was longer than expected and I then started to be concerned about him not coming at all.
Finally, around 6 pm I started to read the scriptures and found this one. I spent some moments memorizing it and then I went for a long walk repeating this over and over and trying to relate to the words being spoken. I have always prayed a lot; but that afternoon my prayers were even more earnest . I tried to have a heart of faith that all would be well between us and that he would come soon. I returned home around 7pm; changed into some more casual clothes and tried to keep my mind occupied; along with repeating this scripture. Finally the door bell rang and my parents answered. I knew it was him. As I stepped into the hall and walked rapidly to him; he gave me a huge hug and I then knew all would be well. It was as though he had never left. The reason for him taking so long was because he wanted to get released from his missionary calling by the Stake President before he came to see me.
It was worth the wait. We have now been married almost 43 years in June.
Since then; whenever we have difficult struggles and trials; this is the first scripture verses that I go to. I have repeated this verse many times throughout the years; too numerous to number. Right now I have been repeating it again.
May we all put our trust in him whom we worship as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Michaela Stephens said...

What a neat story!

Beth at Aunties said...

I popped over from Marie's beautiful blog and I am so glad I did. I love your Blog name, President Wirthlin's quote and learning why this scripture is and has been a blessing in your life. I too feel peace and serenity return in my life after reading this during a troubled time.
Bless your heart during this time of struggles with some of your children and grandchildren. They are blessed to have you as their mom and grandmom!

Sue said...

What a beautiful story. I loved it.



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