1 - One time when I was about 12 years old my parents and older siblings all went to a gymnastics meet which left me at home in charge of my 5 year old little sister. We were watching TV when a tornado warning came on. Being from Texas, we were quite used to that sort of thing, and were not too worried. Until the news said that it was headed straight for Irving, which is where we lived. I started to get nervous and my Dad called and told us that he could see the tornado and that it was headed straight in our direction. He told us to get in the bathtub and put a mattress over us. We did as he told us too, and as we were lying there I told my sister we should say a prayer. I prayed that when the tornado hit our house, we would be protected and kept save. Then my sweet sister said she wanted to pray, too. She prayed that the tornado wouldn't even come into Irving. I thought, "Oh no, she is going to loose her faith because the News lady said it was coming to Irving". We waited a little longer and nothing happened. Soon my Dad arrived, and lifted the mattress from us. He said the tornado had past. I'll never forget what happened next. We went in to watch the news and the lady said, "A very interesting thing happened. The tornado had a sudden change of direction and went directly around Irving". My faith grew tripple fold that day.
2 - As a teenager, my father presided over our local church meetings and he put me in charge of typing up a program for each Sunday morning. I would go to the church the night before to use the copy machine. My Dad was one of the few that had keys to the building. One Saturday night, I borrowed his keys to go make my copies. The next morning as we were getting ready for church my Dad asked me for his keys. I couldn't find them anywhere and started to panic. He told me that if I could find them, they would have to change all of the keys at th church. I was very nervous and embarrassed that everyone would be disappointed in me. I was making it into a really big deal and getting very stressed about it. I decided to pray for help to find them. I knelt down at the couch and closed my eyes. Instead of praying to find the keys I felt that I should pray to be calm. I felt that it was not as important as I was making it out to be and that I need to put things into their proper perspective. Most of all I felt that God was not disappointed in me and loved me very much. I had a wonderful connection with God and felt great peace and love. Because I had knelt to pray in that very spot, when I opened my eyes the keys were sitting in between the cushions right in front of me.
3 - When I was a teenager, I had a strict curfew and all of my friends knew it. I had to be home at 12:00am. On one particular group date, we all went to some fun water fountains in Dallas, Texas. As it was approaching time to be heading home, our driver dropped his keys in a deep water feature with moving water in it. By that time it was dark and the water was black. All he could do was reach his hand down with the water all the way up to his shoulder and search for the keys. The time kept ticking by and still no keys were to be found. I was getting nervous that I would miss my curfew so I started to pray that he could find the keys and at the same moment that I said "Amen" he pulled up his arm and said, "I got 'em".
4 - My brother was recently married and at a family reunion he lost his wedding ring in the grass. He and his wife searched the whole day trying to find it and were quite saddened that it was no where to be found. The next day, I went to my mom's house and he was there with a metal detector getting ready to go search some more. A little while after he left, I had the feeling that I should get my 3 year old daughter and pray for him. I asked her if she wanted to pray for her uncle to find his ring and she said, "Yes". She said a very short and simple prayer and in the exact moment we were finishing, my brother called to tell us he had just found it.
I was raised in Irving, Texas. I am now 32 years old and have 5 children. I have been married to my perfect match for 5 years. We now live in Utah with an amazing view of Utah Lake. I love being able to stay home with my 5 adorable children.