Miracles: The Greatest Gift of All

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Miracles are just that: miraculous, astonishing, wondrous moments that teach us so much about our truest selves and our Divine mission in this life and on this earth. If you come to Celebrate Your Life Phoenix, you can work with an amazing list of the most prominent and powerful spiritual teachers, healers, and visionaries of our time, including Marianne Williamson, leading expert of attracting miracles! Marianne Williamson is a true gift from God to the world!

I can attest to this personally, but first let me tell you about her incredible credentials. When you learn from her, you learn from a master. We are so lucky to have her as part of the CYL family. I have witnessed the live, in-person magic of Marianne shifting the lives and perceptions of Soul Tribers at previous Celebrate Your Life events , and I know Phoenix will provide the same amazing results. The soul transformations at CYL events are a big part of why I love my job! I also love hearing about the lasting results of these monumental changes. Miracles may start at these workshops, but they follow you home and keep making magic.

Some miracles affect many people. No miracle is more far-reaching or more magnificent. Thus, there is something miraculous about the way the members of our Church pay their tithing so faithfully and are blessed for doing so. To cite another far-reaching miracle, there is no rational way to explain why young men and women give a year and a half to two years of their lives in the middle of their education and marriage eligibility to suffer the hardships incident to an inconvenient and highly disciplined pattern of missionary service to their fellowmen.

Other miracles occur in funding missions by missionaries or families too poor to do so but who do so anyway. Still another miracle is the way missionaries are protected during their labors. But the official death rates for comparable-age young men and women in the United States are eight times higher than the death rates of our missionaries. In other words, our young men and women are eight times safer in the mission field than the general population of their peers at home. In view of the hazards of missionary labor, this mortality record is nothing less than a miracle.

After one year our Internet site averaged eight million hits per day, representing daily visits by about , persons. In this same one-year period, the site registered users from countries who downloaded over , copies of our Personal Ancestral File. This was an eight-fold increase in usage over the prior technology. Family history work is exploding in a miraculous way. In contrast to these far-reaching miracles are the more familiar categories of miracles that impact only a few individuals. The scriptures abound with such miracles, and miracles as great as these still occur.

I have seen them, and so have you. Elder Spencer W. Kimball — , then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said:. Where are they recorded? In the records of the Church, in journals, in news and magazine articles and in the minds and memories of many people. Most of us are acquainted with miracles that have occurred in our personal lives and the lives of those we love, such as miracles involving births and deaths and miraculous healings.

I have been speaking of miracles that happen. Most of us have offered prayers that were not answered with the miracle we requested at the time we desired. Miracles are not available for the asking. The will of the Lord is always paramount. The priesthood of the Lord cannot be used to work a miracle contrary to the will of the Lord. We must also remember that even when a miracle is to occur, it will not occur on our desired schedule. Most of the miracles we experience are not to be shared.

Consistent with the teachings of the scriptures, we hold them sacred and share them only when the Spirit prompts us to do so. Latter-day Saints generally follow these directions. In bearing testimonies and in our public addresses we rarely mention our most miraculous experiences, and we rarely rely on signs that the gospel is true.

We usually just affirm our testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and give few details on how we obtained it.

Why is this? Signs follow those that believe. Seeking a miracle to convert someone is improper sign seeking. By the same token, it is usually inappropriate to recite miraculous circumstances to a general audience that includes people with very different levels of spiritual maturity. To a general audience, miracles will be faith-reinforcing for some but an inappropriate sign for others. There are good reasons why we do not seek conversions by exhibiting signs.

Scriptural history attests that people converted by signs and wonders soon forget them and again become susceptible to the lies and distortions of Satan and his servants Hel. President George Q. Although we are generally counseled not to speak of sacred things like the miracles we have witnessed, there are times when the Spirit prompts us to share these experiences, sometimes even in a setting where our account will be published. The miracles written in the scriptures were obviously intended to be shared, usually to strengthen the faith of those who already believed.

Modern servants of the Lord have also felt impressed to describe miraculous events to strengthen the faith of believers. Many of these have been published. I have chosen to share some of these here. A few years after the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, a young man took an ox team up Millcreek Canyon on a cold winter day to get logs to build a house.

It was extremely cold, and the snow was deep. His sled held five large logs. After he loaded the first one, he turned around to load another. He was thrown face-forward across the four logs still on the ground and pinned there, alone, with no way to extract himself. He knew he would freeze to death and die alone in the mountains. The next thing this young pioneer remembered was waking up, sitting on a load of five logs nicely bound on his sled with his oxen pulling the load down the canyon.

Many miracles happen to aid individuals in pursuing their personal family histories. In an issue of the Church News, a woman told how she returned to her ancestral home in Japan to seek information about her ancestors. After finding nothing in official records, local libraries, and cemeteries, she gave up and was driving away empty-handed when she became lost and somehow drove past a cemetery she did not know existed. From the car window she saw a familiar name on a tombstone, stopped, and found many markers with the information she sought. Miraculous healings through priesthood blessings and the prayer of faith are familiar to most of us.

An experience related in the Friend magazine is typical.

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During his early childhood, Elder John M. Madsen was afflicted with double pneumonia. After examining the little boy, a doctor told his parents he could do nothing for him and offered no hope that he would live through the night.


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Soon the child sank into unconsciousness. When his mother felt for his pulse and could find none, she prayed fervently, and the father gave the dying child a priesthood blessing. Immediately he recovered consciousness and began to feel better. In his great talk on miracles, Elder Matthew Cowley tells of several miraculous healings, including this one that occurred while he was serving as a mission president among the Maori people of New Zealand. One Sunday a father brought a nine-month-old baby forward to Brother Cowley, requesting that he give him a name and a blessing.

Here I quote Brother Cowley:. He was born blind. After I gave that child its name, I finally got around to giving it its vision. That boy is about twelve years old now. The last time I was back there I was afraid to inquire about him. I was sure he had gone blind again.

Types of Miracles

So I asked the branch president about him. President Gordon B. She asked if we would administer to her and we did so, and she states that she was miraculously healed. Hinckley in grateful appreciation for the miracle of saving my sight. Of course, the Lord saved your sight.

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Thank Him and be grateful to Him. As I said earlier, the Lord works miracles in response to the faith of His children. He loves and blesses all of His children. In an airport one day I picked up a copy of the Dallas Morning News. She breathed with difficulty, and her lips turned blue. By the time she arrived at the hospital, her kidneys and lungs had shut down, her fever was degrees, and her body was bright red and covered with purple lesions.

The doctors said she was dying of toxic shock syndrome, cause unknown.

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As word spread to family and friends, God-fearing people from Florida to California began praying for little Heather. Miraculously, Heather suddenly came back from the brink of death and was released from the hospital in a little over a week. We do not usually speak of spiritual gifts as a miracle, but sometimes the effect of a spiritual gift is miraculous. For example, many missionaries who must learn a new language are blessed with the gift of tongues. Most often this gift merely accelerates the normal process of learning, but sometimes its effect is so immediate that it can only be called a miracle.

A young mission president experienced this in the South Pacific in John Alexander Nelson Jr. When he arrived for an assignment in Tonga, he found that he had been scheduled to speak to a congregation of Wesleyan Methodists. He began in faith by speaking a few sentences of greeting he knew in the Tongan language, and then suddenly found himself continuing to speak in Tongan.

Macro-Miracles

Eric B. In another experience, heavy ocean waves were crashing onto a beach at a time when the missionaries had scheduled some baptisms. One of the greatest miracles we can imagine is for someone to be brought back to life after being dead for a time. So it was with Lazarus, whom Jesus raised see John , 39— So it has been with others in our day.

The miracle of raising someone from the dead is so exceptional and so sacred that those who have been privileged to see it should never speak of it publicly unless the Spirit specifically induces them to do so. Our published literature contains two such examples I can share. I quote:. There the Relief Society sisters were preparing the body of one of our saints. Then this great old sage got down and blessed him and commanded him to rise. You should have seen the Relief Society sisters scatter.

I could feel life coming back into me just like a blanket unrolling. Another sacred experience is related in the book Tongan Saints. Their three-year-old daughter was accidentally run over by a loaded taxi. Four of the occupants of the taxi sorrowfully carried her lifeless body to her parents. By then the curious people of the village were flocking in to see our stricken little daughter. As I was about to proceed with the administration, I felt tongue-tied.

Struggling to speak, I got the distinct impression that I should not continue with the ordinance. Wait for a more private moment.

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Please help me by leaving so I can bless my child. The people left without taking offense. The grieving parents carried the little girl to their home, put her body on her own bed, and covered her with a sheet. Three hours passed, and her body began to show the effects of death. The mother pleaded with the father to bless her, but he insisted that he still felt restrained. Finally, the impression came that he should now proceed.



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