At 6yo, Grasshopper is about as obedient a child as you can ever find. She is meticulous about observing the commandments, from the Sabbath day to the Word of Wisdom to modesty. Nevertheless, we have been concerned that she still struggles with prayer. She doesn’t seem to feel a connection with Heavenly Father, and her prayers are mostly rote and said out of obedience. I know, she is still young, so we are not worried, but rather, just identifying areas that need work and special attention. So my husband and I regularly pray that she will learn the value of prayer and gain a testimony of it.
Today was the most beautiful, spring-like January day that you could ever have in the midwest, so I decided to take the kids to the park. Just as I was gathering the kids to go home, Grasshopper had an accident and split her lip. There was so much blood, I really thought that it would need stitches. Because of a recent experience with a head injury and related dental work, Grasshopper has developed some serious anxiety over medical treatment. When the bleeding had not stopped almost an hour later, I told her we would need to go the doctor. She was so upset. I told her that before we made a decision, we should say a prayer. She responded, “Another one?”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“I already said a prayer that the bleeding will stop,” she sobbed.
I was pretty sure that if it was still bleeding after an hour, stitches would likely be in order. But I nevertheless assured her that her prayer was enough and silently said my own prayer that hers would be answered. My husband arrived home shortly after, and having had more experience with these sorts of things, he was confident that we could treat the injury without stitches. The bleeding soon stopped (though she has the fattest lip you have ever seen on such a little girl), and we were once again impressed at our Heavenly Father’s love for each one of us individually.
And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you (3 Nephi 18:20).