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Ruth Burr

Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends Sidney and Joseph, your families are well; they are in mine hands, and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power.

Therefore, follow me, and listen to the counsel which I shall give unto you.

Behold, and lo, I have much people in this place, in the regions round about; and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about in this eastern land.

Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls.

Doctrine and Covenants 100:1-4

My husband and I are serving as senior missionaries in New Zealand. Before we left we had a daughter-in-law who was very ill, and we had been staying with them off and on to help out.

About nine months into our mission we received word that her health challenges were worse, and I was so concerned I felt we ought to go home. That evening I told my husband we just had to call our country director and talk with him, and tell him of my feelings. I knew, though, that we could not make such a decision without praying, so we knelt in prayer. The Spirit whispered that we needed to stay where we were. I felt that I had to accept it, but was still so desperately worried about our little family that I still could not feel at peace.

Later that evening, as we were getting ready for bed, we picked up our scriptures, as we read each night together from the Book of Mormon. On this particular night, I wanted to find something that would ease my pain, so I said a silent prayer and then opened up my triple combination. It fell open to the 100th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. We read verses one to four, and as I read tears came to my eyes. It was truly an answer to our prayers, and finally I felt at peace.

It is now several months later, and she is doing better, and we are so grateful we have a Father in Heaven who cares and watches over us. We have gained a more sure testimony that He hears us and knows our hearts and He helps us when we obey and ask and listen.