This past week I found myself in a very difficult situation. It was not something that I had put myself into, but it came upon me. I didn't know how I would ever surmount the problem and I fell into the pit of despair. I was so upset by the situation I found myself in, I couldn't think, I couldn't act. I pretty much just walked in circles and cried. At about 11:30 that night my mind was cleared and I had strong impressions on what I should do. I followed those impressions to the letter and within a day the problem had resolved itself. I was telling my mother about it and she said that at about 11:30 that same night she had called and put my name in the LDS Temple for the prayer roll (they were closed by she left it on the answering machine). I know God listened to the answering machine before the temple worker's did the next day. I knew that this was a direct answer to prayer. I told my children that they had witnessed a modern day miracle. I told them that I had prayed fervently for a resolution. Both my children told me that they had also been praying for the same outcome. It turned into an incredibly spiritual experience.
I read the following passages of scripture from 1 Nephi Chapter 7 that I feel described my experience:
16 And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren, they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts.
17 But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.
18 And it came to pass that when I had said these words, behold, the bands were loosed from off my hands and feet, and I stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them again.
As in the case of Nephi, the Lord did not grant me with strength to strike back, rather he loosed the bands that were around my wrists and feet and freed me from the difficult circumstance I found myself in.
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