Looking for a Miracle?

Miracles have not ceased in our day; they are all around us—we just have to open our spiritual eyes to notice them.

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When I was 16, I was an exchange student in France. The home I was staying in became dangerous, and I had to leave. I was alone in a strange country, where I knew no one, and I needed a miracle. In my desperation, I searched Google for a “Latter-day Saint Church near me.” Incredibly, I found a building nearby! I hurriedly packed my bag, climbed out of a window, and ran toward the church, terrified that the host father would see me leave. I remember praying and thanking Heavenly Father that it was a Sunday. I ended up living with the bishop for a week until I could find safety with a family friend and then fly home. Getting out of that situation was a miracle, and that family became my personal miracle. 

While what I experienced was a big miracle, in an article called “Miracles,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks explains that small miracles happen in our lives every day. He tells us there are different types of miracles: explainable miracles like space travel, cell phones, and computers; staged tricks like pharaoh’s magicians’ tricks in Exodus 7–8; and priesthood miracles. The Book of Mormon teaches, “God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles” (Mosiah 8:18). No matter how isolated we feel, we are never alone. God is always waiting to lend a helping hand.

When you find yourself in need of a miracle, stop, kneel, and pray for Heavenly Father either to allow someone to become your miracle, like that bishop in France was for me, or to become the miracle yourself. 

Read more about miracles in Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s article “Miracles.”

Source: Ensign

— Taelin Wilford, Latter-day Saint Insights


Find more insights

Discover more about God and the nature of miracles by reading or watching Sister Sydney S. Reynolds’s talk “A God of Miracles.”

Learn more about receiving miracles in your personal life by reading Elder Larry W. Gibbons’s article “Do you need a miracle?

Read or watch President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “Three Goals to Guide You” to learn more about how you can be a miracle in someone else’s life.

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