I have been pondering this question for a few days now, “Why do I choose to believe” and the answer that I keep thinking is that it is scary to think of what the alternative is. The Gospel brings me peace and hope. My daughter is serving a mission in Newport Beach California. When people ask me how she is doing I can’t help but smile. She brings light into my life; I can see the light of Christ in her eyes and I can feel the spirit (she calls them spirit chills) when she shares her experiences with us and all the tender mercies she is experiencing even in a Pandemic. People are looking for this same peace and hope that we already have and she gets to share the Good News of the Gospel with them. I feel so blessed each day that I know that God knows me, that he hears and answers my prayers. I am so grateful for the tender mercies in my life and my children’s that strengthen my testimony and remind me that God Is there, that he is in the details.
One of our family’s favorite movies is “Signs” and there is a quote that I think about often when things happen that give me the spirit chills. It is “People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than a coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just as a happy chance…See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?”
I know that the more we recognize the Hand of God in our lives, the more we see it. “The peace of the Savior,“ said Elder Neil L. Anderson, “subdues the swirling whirlwinds of the world.” Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are and knows that we have faith in Him, love him, and keep his commandments, even and especially amid life’s devastating trials and tragedies. (Elder Cook)