Some people don’t believe in miracles. I don’t have to believe because I’ve experienced them. I know miracles happen! Just last week one did. We were scheduled to attend a seminary class starting at 6:00 a.m. We left the house on a dark, rainy morning (Remember it’s autumn down here!) at 5:30 a.m. and as we pulled out of the driveway I put the address in the GPS. In response it said, “No such address.” I tried again thinking I had entered it wrong. Still, “No such address.” I checked the address and I had entered it exactly as it was written. By now Elder Johnson had pulled over because we didn’t know where to turn, and I entered it once more. Still it wouldn’t work.
During this whole time, I kept getting the impression to try the maps app on my telephone, but I knew that wouldn’t work. My phone has no data service. It only works when I have Wi-Fi, and we were far from our Wi-Fi service. But in desperation I put the address in and it worked. The map worked, the voice direction worked, everything worked. So I thought I had been wrong about the maps app needing a connection. We made it to the seminary class just as they were beginning and all was well.
Come the next Sunday we were attending the same ward for our first Sacrament Meeting of the day. We got in the car, I put the address in the GPS as we pulled out of the driveway and the GPS said, “No such address.”
“No problem,” I thought. “I’ll just put it in my phone.” So I did, and the screen said, “No satellite connection.” I tried again. Same response. We kept driving, hoping to remember how we had gotten there previously, but it was dark before and we hadn’t been able to get much of a handle on any landmarks. Finally we realized we were lost, and we had spent over an hour trying to find the church. We stopped and asked the lone pedestrian we found on a Sunday morning, and he laughed, “You’re on the wrong side of town” He gave us directions on how to get to the right side of town, and told us to ask someone there how to get the rest of the way, but by the time we got there besides finding no pedestrians we realized Sacrament Meeting was over and half of Sunday School so we came home.
Every day this week I have tried the maps app after we are out of Wi-Fi range and sure enough it says, “No satellite connection.” The morning we needed to be at Seminary, the Lord made my telephone work. He was our connection.
Thinking about this all week has been a humbling experience. He knows me. He knows where I am and where I need to go, and He will guide me. At first I wondered why He didn’t make it work on Sunday also, but the thought came to me that He wanted us to know that the trip to Seminary was indeed a miracle, not just a fluke. Besides that, we went to our afternoon Sacrament meeting so we still made it to Church last Sunday.
We’ve only been here two months and that isn’t the only time we’ve known He was guiding us. Perhaps the greatest part of a mission is feeling the Lord’s presence so often and so near to us. It has been amazing. I am so grateful!