Dear 100 Hour Board,
Do you sometimes feel like you are answering prayers?
-It's a full time job in heaven
Dear angelic reader,
Yes, I have felt that at times. It is such an amazing feeling because I can know that God used me to do His work. I don't know if I have been an answer to anyone's prayer by writing for the 100 Hour Board, but I have a really cool story from my mission. Do you want to hear it? Well, you took too long to respond so I'm just going to tell you anyways.
I was in Arlington, Texas. It was hot and my companion and I had no investigators. We decided to go visit a potential investigator and they didn't respond. We had tried contacting this potential investigator several times with no success and every time we came using the exact route that we always took. I got tired of that and I asked my companion if we could take the long way home. He agreed and so we headed for home. On our way, I noticed a lady that was pulling groceries out of her car and I offered to help. She readily accepted the help. As we struck up a conversation I came to understand just how much she needed some help. Her husband was in the hospital, dying of cancer. She had recently had two neck surgeries and she was taking care of one of her adult children who was suffering from PTSD. She was about to put a bag of dog food on her shoulder to carry into her apartment (which would have been terrible for her neck) when I asked if we could help. She told me, through tears and sobs, that in the morning she asked Jesus if he would send some help. She told me directly that I had been an answer to her prayers.
I had been dejected after our potential investigator had not answered the door, but I don't think my feet touched the ground on the way back to our apartment. The joy that came from helping that lady was indescribable.
With that being said, if you have any other prayers that I could help answer, please send them my way.
-Sunday Night Banter
In the context of the Board (as in, if I feel like I answer prayers through writing): I mean, such would be ideal, but there's really no way for me to tell. I hope the things I write are meaningful to someone, that perhaps some answer made some sort of a difference. However, we writers don't exactly get direct feedback for our answers from the readers.
In every single other context: There have been a few times, and each has been pretty amazing. I'm going to relate two.
My Junior year of high school, I was on Seminary Council. For one of the Seminary assemblies, we decided that the members of the council would give talks on our theme for the year: Helaman 5:12. I began writing my talk by looking up certain definitions, dividing the scripture up into parts, etc. A week later, I returned to my draft, and had a prompting to take my talk in a totally different direction than I had originally planned. I deleted everything I had previously written, and proceeded to write this completely new talk. When I gave it in the assembly a couple days later, several people came up to me afterwards, and said that my talk had been a direct answer to their prayers.
Also in high school, I used to regularly read to a blind lady. Over Christmas break of my senior year, there was cold snap, where everything was significantly more frigid than usual. I hadn't been reading as regularly because it was the break, and I was doing things with family and friends. Anyways, there was one night where I felt like it was just especially important to check up on this lady. I called her, and shortly found out that the power had blown out for part of her house. She was completely without any heating in the middle of a terrible cold snap. Additionally, she was afraid of her pipes freezing and bursting if she didn't keep water running in the kitchen, and so didn't want to leave the house. After hearing this, I immediately related the situation to my mom. We proceeded to make some hot food, gathered up blankets and fuzzy socks, and headed over to the lady's house. My brother and dad came with us, and we all just stayed for a while, taking care of her, and just talking.
Months later, she still told me how much that meant to her. It felt really special to have been able to touch someone in their time of need.
It's hard to try and see the effect my actions and words may have on people. However, I do hope that things I do, answers I write, etc. bless and help the lives of people around me.
I'd certainly like to think that I have the opportunity to answer prayers. I've always thought the phrase "answering someone's prayers" is interesting, because I often feel like people answer prayers I never said. But I hope that I can do that for other people, and there are certainly times when I feel like I do. There have been times when I have been told I'm an answer to prayers, and those are amazing experiences.
I hope that some of the things I do can help people out, or answer prayers. I hope that some of the things I write on the Board can answer someone's prayers. I hope that I can answer prayers of the people who I stop and talk to every day. I hope that I'm sensitive enough to be conscious of the needs of people around me.
And thank you, reader, for reminding me that I have the opportunity to answer the prayers of people around me. In a way, you were an answer to my prayers today.
Keep it real,