I’d like to share an example of a woman who is exercising her faith—she is choosing to have faith:
While serving in Iowa, my husband trained a missionary named Dallin, and Dallin was a wonderful guy. Not only was he an exceptional missionary, but he was humble and fun and made everyone around him happy. He married his long-time sweetheart, Amy, this past November, and Ivan and I were privileged to be at their sealing. It was a beautiful ceremony, and the love that Dallin and Amy had for one another was evident.
Unfortunately, tragedy fell upon their family. Just a week or two after finding out they were expecting their first child, Dallin was critically injured in a car accident. This was a few weeks ago. He was placed in an induced coma and the doctors were unsure if he would survive.
This horrible event could have crushed the faith of Amy and their extended families. But instead of asking questions like, “Why has God abandoned us?” or, “How could a loving God let such bad things happen to such a good person?” they turned to their faith to get them through their trial. Amy has sat by Dallin’s side with extreme faith and confidence that her husband will survive. She has prayed, born her testimony, and tried to share uplifting stories about Dallin with all of her friends and family. She trusts that the Lord will heal him and so she is acting in faith. She is not passively waiting by, but she is moving forward as if the Lord has already granted her the miracle she so desperately desires.
Because of her faith and the faith of friends and family (and even thousands of strangers), Dallin is making incredible progress. He is not only awake from his coma, but he is improving miraculously. He is able to play the piano a bit, talk more, remember more, and do a lot more physically. Dallin still has a long way to go to reach a full recovery, but he is astounding everyone around him.
My friends, I have no doubt that much of his recovery is due to the faith of his wife. She knows the power of the Atonement and knows that only Christ can heal us on this earth. Doubt, fear, or anger would not bring her or her husband the peace or miracles they need, and so she avoids them. She has a positive attitude, prays constantly, and keeps her covenants.
Amy is exercising her faith. She is choosing to have faith. We can make the same choice every day.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, that we cannot meet with faith."
Amy and Dallin are great examples of living this quote, and inspire me to be better. To hear their story and see Dallin's progress, please follow them at https://www.facebook.com/DallinandAmyWengert.
How has faith helped you overcome a trial in your life?