Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Dear President Albright,
I'd like to share an experience with you that happened the evening of the last big snow storm. Many cars were stuck in the snow and traffic was moving along very slowly, so we started for home, trying to avoid the main roads with all the traffic. We ended up helping a lot of people, and pushing many cars that were stuck on our way home. We would just stop our car, get out and help whoever needed a push! During our trek home we cleared several roads and even pushed a car out of a ditch. We were dripping wet from getting out in the storm and pushing people through the snow so often. Finally on a road that was clear of all traffic we saw a single car pulled over and parked. For some reason we felt impressed to stop and offer our help. The sole occupant of the car, a woman that had a cold and whose hair was frozen from being outside for so long, started to cry when she heard our offer to help. It broke my heart. She told us that she had a 2 year old son who was sick at home with a babysitter miles away. She said that she had called the tow company but they could not come for several hours because of all the accidents! She explained that she heard a loud pop and that her windshield wipers stopped working so she had to pull over and park because of all the snow.
We had no idea of how to help her since my companions, Elders Buie and Elder Ditty, and I did not have much experience working on cars. I told her to turn the wipers on and saw that the passenger side was working fine but the driver’s side wiper was not moving. Suddenly I had a flash of inspiration. The thought came clearly into my mind that there was a loose bolt that tightens the wiper to the motor. I opened the hood and that was the problem! I went around and knocked on some doors in the neighborhood, borrowed some tools, and fixed the problem in less than10 minutes! While I was doing that, my companions taught the lady about the priesthood and blessings. When her car was ready she asked with tears in her eyes, “Can I have one of those blessings?” She told us that she knows about the missionaries and has a good friend that is Mormon. She even knew the name of our current prophet! As we gave her a blessing we were able to feel the Spirit, that familiar warmth that comes even in a freezing snow storm. We promised her that she would be safe and that everything was going to be fine at home. God was able to put us in the right city and street to help her. It was a special moment, and we knew that God had led us to her to help her get her safely home to her family!