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Answers I didn’t expect

“If I am honest with myself, I must admit that the spirit has touched me more than once and the testimony of the Spirit is real.”

 -a man from D Todd. Christopherson’s talk in October 2018 General Conference, called “Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ

During my morning prayers I review my day before I get started. I like to sit and think of ideas of what I will accomplish, do with my kids, and write about. 

Yesterday, my prayer was not what I was expecting. I felt the spirit say to me that I was going to have a good day with my kids but I won’t have much success with my writing. 

I was not expecting that!

I normally pray about the details of my writing before I start and get some ideas on what I will express. To hear that I wasn’t going to be successful with what I wrote, had me taken back. 

I thought to myself that I will go about my day trying to have fun with the kids and still do the best I can with my writing. I didn’t think anything could go possibly wrong.  

Building up to my experience

While I was running I thought of the layout and the content I would add to what I wanted to write about. I had the feeling after my run I could write my entry in the morning and then spend the rest of the day playing outside with the kids.

After my workout my kids asked if we could go outside to play. I offered to them that I could write first and then we could go outside. They persisted and wanted to go outside. 

I thought it would be good as well to go out before writing. We were outside for an hour playing in the grass with a rocket. It was super fun. I was so glad we did it. It was nice to feel the breeze and the sun warming up the air.

I also looooove nature so getting outside is one of my favorite things to do. I tear up because of how wonderful the Earth is. I love the world that has been created for us. The beauty, the way it keeps going and how the Sun and the moon are always there. They are constant.

I expressed to my kids the thoughts I was feeling and shared how grateful I am that Jesus Christ made this wonderful place for us to live. 

It is a wonder and I look forward to learning more and seeing more beauty of our Earth. The Earth is one way I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live. They blessed us with our lives and a wonderful world to explore. 

When I witness the beauty of nature I feel a closeness of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. His creations are magnificent.

The Swelling in my Chest

When we came inside I started to write the thoughts I had when I was on my run earlier that morning. The swelling in my heart that I experienced while writing to me meant that what I was writing about and the timing of it was right. 

I didn’t fully understand the meaning of my prayer from the morning. Yet at that point the day wasn’t over around noon when I started writing. 

After I finished my writing, the kids and I spent the rest of the afternoon outside playing in the nice weather, shooting our rocket, riding bikes and scooters, and playing with chalk. It was my ideal day. I loved it!

When Dom came home from work we spent some more time outside. It was getting pretty windy but we wanted to spend as much time playing as we could since that night it would be rainy. 

About an hour later we came inside and I wanted to spend another hour writing. I wanted to send out my newsletter and post another article. I was feeling so good. I wrote earlier and I was excited to write some more. 

As my kids were playing inside, I sat down and opened my laptop. My eyes started to become blurry. I thought that my eyes were still trying to adjust from being outside. 

My head and body in pain!

I put down the laptop and waited for a few minutes for my eyes to be used to the lighting inside.

I couldn’t have been what I thought it was…but it was. I was getting a migraine. When I get migraines they can last up to two days. My symptoms of a migraine are blurred tunnel vision, numb arms and hands, I throw up or am nauseous, and I am in bed until I can see again. I am miserable when I have them. 

The rest of the night I was in bed sipping on a Coca Cola. Dom was so kind and wrote out my newsletter as I told him what to write. I told him what articles and pictures to be a part of the newsletter. 

I love to do that work on my own but I couldn’t. He stepped up and did it for me. He did great! 

Before I fell asleep that night I said my prayer. In my prayer I went over my prayer from that morning. I quickly felt that warmth in my chest that the prayer I had that morning was being fulfilled. 

To review, I felt the spirit say that I would have a great day with my kids and my writing wouldn’t be as successful as I would have hoped. I did have a great day with my kids outside and I was able to write a really good article but I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted. I had to have Dom write my newsletter and I couldn’t post the article I wanted to because of my migraine that I got. 

Confirmation of the Spirit

This prayer and the prayer that morning was a great confirmation that the Holy Ghost is real and the promptings I receive from the Holy Ghost are REAL. 

I have received many experiences like this one where the spirit has warned me, prompted me, and guided me. 

These are confirmations to me that Heavenly Father is answering my prayers through the spirit. 

My days are being guided as I search for the spirit and listen to it’s promptings. I loved having these moments. Sometimes the lessons are hard but I see the blessings from it.

The Spirit is REAL! 

The promptings I receive are real and I know they come from a loving Heavenly Father that is reaching out and guiding me. 

I know prayer is my guide and the spirit is with me. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real. They want to be present with us in our beautiful Earthly experience. It is a great joy of mine. 

Jacob 4:13

13. Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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