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Faith Before A Miracle

Debra Oaks Coe copyright 1993 all rights reserved

"And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me." Moroni 10:23

Many despair over the increasing deterioration of our country's values and morality. We have serious concern for our youth. While there are some fine teenagers, many families are not so fortunate, even in good homes.

So much needs to be better in our world that it seems we are in need of a miracle. The kind of miracle we need is not the easy kind, such as moving a mountain or healing a physical ailment. We need changed people and changed hearts, the very hardest of all miracles to achieve.

Yet it can happen and much of the responsibility and power to affect change rests on the women of our day.

While it may seem like a small contribution and perhaps make only a small difference -- or perhaps no difference at all -- that those of us who can, stay home and do charitable acts of service, we need the faith that our prophets are correct in their council and that a changed world will be the result of these "small things."

It took only 2000 young stripling warriors to save a nation in battle, and my guess is that it required less than 2000 mothers to teach and have such a powerful effect.

A changed world will require good children and youth today, for they are the future and world of tomorrow. Are we do all we can to train our children?

President Wilford Woodruff said if we will teach and train our children correctly, at least 99 out of 100 will not go astray. President Benson has said that if we are the kind of parents we should be, no generation gap will exist in our homes. He stated many times that the generation gap is just a tool of Satan and need not exist in a good home where the gospel is really taught and true examples set by parents. (see Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pages 406, 491,and 497)

First we need to have faith that this is true. We need to be willing to try everything we have been asked by our Prophet to do.

Often sisters are heard to say that it is impossible to do all that we are asked to do, yet Nephi taught that, "the Lord giveth no commandment unto the children of men save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." (1Nephi 3:7)

When life seems too overwhelming perhaps we need to reevaluate our priorities and the way we are accomplishing the tasks given. The Book of Mormon tells us that the Lamanites had problems because of the traditions of their fathers. Perhaps we too have false traditions that keep us from better accomplishing our main goal of parenthood. President Benson tells us that it can be done and that some families are doing it. I believe him.

Even though some of the things our leaders admonish us to do seem small and not to matter all that much, we need the faith to follow with all our heart. The testimony of the truthfulness of their words will then come. I believe the miracle of a finer world will also then come.

President Kimball said, "To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman's strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home -- which is society's basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife." Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, page 326-327.

If what President Kimball said is true, that the strength and influence of a righteous woman today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times, then it stands to reason that it is also tenfold as important that we be righteous women!

President Kimball made this statement in more tranquil times than we now have. If it was tenfold at that time, I believe it may now easily be twenty-fold.

We are in a cultural war, a war over values. The battle our young stripling warriors are in is one that requires the greatest courage and knowledge of our Heavenly Father. It requires far more than mere testimonies from all of us, it requires valiancy coupled with faith and hope that cannot be swayed.

It is my prayer that we will have the faith to follow our Prophet and heed all the council given us as parents, for our country is in need of a miracle.

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