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Two Prayers Answered

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).

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  • Alison Moore Smith January 13, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Great story, Tracy. I so admire the faith you display and teach your kids.

    This brings so many thoughts that it started to threadjack your post. I’ll save most of those thoughts for my own post.
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  • Tracy Keeney January 14, 2012, 12:21 am

    I love these kinds of experiences. Not the getting hurt and bleeding part of course, but I love all the experiences that our kids have, even from very young ages, that give them opportunities to pray and see those prayers answered. Even over the littlest, most insignificant things– a prayer asking for divine help in finding the little 1/2 inch plastic skirt that goes with with the Polly Pocket doll– answered immediately.
    As parents, we know darn well that Heavenly Father doesn’t give a HOOT about that skirt– but He cares about that CHILD and wants her to learn, even from a very young age to trust Him, to go to Him for help, for guidance, for comfort, for knowledge. He wants her to to feel the spirit and to learn to recognize it,.. so when she prays, He answers. And even though she’s 4 and that skirt is about as important as a speck of dust on a fallen eyelash in the sink of a roadside gas station, He speaks to her mind, and when she feels the prompting and goes to check that spot again, even though we both looked there several times, wham– the skirt is there, it miraculously appears in the very spot that’s been checked over and over again to no avail. I LOVE those experiences!

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