Covenant Reflections

Since being invited to write this article, I’ve spent some time considering what covenants means to me. It’s fitting that last month’s topic was on the Restoration, because understanding covenants begins by having an understanding of the Restoration.

My early understanding of the Restoration began during my mission on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Currently, there is a Visitors’ Center, restored homes, sculptures, and groomed paths at the Restoration Site in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. But during my time there the Visitors’ Center was not yet built, and only the sculptures alerted those passing by that the location marked something of significance. I remember the peace I felt when visiting the location, but it would be many years before I would grasp a deeper understanding of what the Restoration and making and keeping covenants means for me.

We enter into covenants through the power of the priesthood. Through the Restoration this is possible. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that covenants are important because they demonstrate our commitment to God. For example, our foundational covenant is performed through baptism. This is when we promise to take upon us the name of Christ. We know that each Sunday we can renew this covenant by partaking of the Sacrament. Other covenants can be made in the temple, qualifying us to spending eternal life with Heavenly Father.

Because the priesthood is restored, we can make covenants with God and be deeply affected— we can pledge our commitment to take upon us the name of Christ, family relationships can continue beyond death, and ultimately we can qualify to return to God’s presence. The doctrine of the Restoration and the principles of making and keeping covenants brings me great peace. We are not alone. God’s power is on the Earth today, and through it we can show our willingness to be a disciple of Christ and embrace those tools (covenants) that will qualify us to return to live with Heavenly Father. Though I do not bear the priesthood, I can be affected by its power through the covenants it provides. That is empowering!

Kami Walker


The Blessings of the Restoration

The restoration of the church and the true gospel of Jesus Christ has brought many gifts into my life, everything from Relief Society sisters to Priesthood blessings to a Patriarchal blessing to the temple. By far, the greatest gift I received was the sealing of my parents (both deceased) to each other and my sealing to them in the Manti Temple in 2017. That was easily one of the most profound spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. An immeasurable amount of light poured through me, through my two friends who served as proxies for my parents on that day in the sealing room, and through all the people who were present as witnesses–it was a palpable, awe-inspiring experience. Many tears of joy were shed, and Jesus infused all of us with an immense, remarkable amount of love.

In addition, the restoration has allowed me, a Jewish woman, to partake of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ while continuing to embrace my genetic and cultural heritage. I see the gospel as an expansion of my spiritual path, not an “either-or.” I still celebrate Passover and other Jewish holidays–often with my LDS friends–as those holy days align with the gospel, I also can now fully embrace Christmas and the glory of Easter. I have learned that, through the restoration, there is room in this gospel and this church for everyone.

Alyssa Wolf

What the Atonement means to me

When I think of the Atonement I think of my personal conversion. I was raised in the church, but as many teenagers do, I stopped going to church at age 14. During the next 5 years my life went seriously downhill. But at one point I felt something missing in my life. As I started looking into friend’s churches, taking yoga classes, etc. someone close to me had an emotional crisis. He was an emotional wreck, and nothing anyone could say would console him. I remember the conversation that night well. Even though he was the one with the problem, I felt so lost. I wanted to help him, tell him it was going to be alright; but who was I to tell him something like that? What right did I have to comfort someone else when I wasn’t living up to my potential? As I pondered these questions I felt an overwhelming urge to tell my friend that the only way he would find peace was to bring his problem to the Lord.

I never found out whether my friend took my comment to heart, but I felt that was a turning point in my life. My feelings of inadequacy deepened as I went home, but I felt awe as well. It boggled my mind that with my life in shambles God could still use me to try and touch someone else’s, that I could still receive promptings from the Holy Ghost. That night I got on my knees and prayed the most heartfelt prayer I have ever said. The Spirit witnessed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ is true, and directed me how to cleanup my life. It wasn’t easy, but I got my life on track because I knew how much Jesus loved me. That is what the Atonement means to me. That Jesus loved me enough to die for me. That even though I am a sinner He still loves me, and has provided me a way to change – repent.

Calvin Zundel

Listening to the whisper of the Holy Ghost

Listening to the whisper of the Holy Ghost can bring comfort to others. A few years ago, we lost a very close friend and many of us traveled back East for his funeral. One of my friends was unable to attend, but her husband drove back with Roger and me. My friend was very nervous about her husband traveling. Since our friend had just died very suddenly, all she could think about was, “What if I lost my husband?

As we were driving, I had this strong feeling to text her and let her know that we would return her husband home to her safely. She quickly responded, “How did you know I needed to hear that right now? That little act calmed her fears.

Heavenly Father knows each of us and has given us a great gift–the Holy Ghost. We just need to listen.

Melissa Davis

It takes a ward/family …

Most people know about the accident that I had three and a half years ago. It had been around six months since the accident and I was asked an interesting question.  Alyssa Wolf and I were talking about it, and she asked me if I had learned anything from my experience. Aside from not riding a bike at night without a helmet, I told her that I had. Our ward is the most giving and charitable ward that I have ever been in. That’s saying a lot because we have been in three wards just in Mt. Pleasant. Our ward fed our family for two months while I was healing after I got home. I had many visitors. Angie Jorgensen brought me a bunch of videos to borrow and watch, which was great because sometimes the days were very long. Sue Johansen brought me a fan because we don’t have air conditioning. I was working at the Drive-In at the time and Molly Anderson and all the employees that I work with gave me part of their checks for the rest of the summer. There were countless others who visited me in the ICU, even when I was unconscious and I found out later that they had been there to see how I was doing. I know I will never be able to repay all that everyone did for me, and I am thankful for this opportunity to thank this wonderful ward. You are truly Christ-like. Sometimes it is hard to accept charity, but it was humbling and deeply appreciated.

Crystal Bailey

Sharing The Good News

While I was serving a mission up in Montana, I had the great privilege to meet a man by the name of Milo. He had been investigating the church for a while and when I got to the area he was able to share his story with me. He grew up in a polygamist colony down in Mexico, so he knew a lot about the church. However, he was part of a break-off group, and once he left the colony he never felt to find out more about the true church. He had many family members who had left the colony and joined the church. After much time, his nephews invited him to attend the YSA ward activities. Once he did, he slowly came to church and then took the discussions. Milo’s life was completely changed, and he came to know many things for himself and to know they were true. His most special experience was when he came to know that the prophet today is called of God.

Milo changed a lot; he knew the gospel was true and was changing him. He felt a desire to share it and to help be a good example to other family members and friends who were not members of the church. It was amazing to see how quickly he started to share the gospel and wanted his family to have that same joy and goodness he felt. He was the perfect example of taking the blessings we receive and sharing the good news of the gospel with others who don’t know it yet.

                                           Austin Ison

Missionary Christmas

As a sister missionary, 15 years ago, I was lucky enough to spend two Christmases on my mission. Surrounded by the splendor of Oregon at Christmas – famous for its Christmas tree and Holly Berry Farms; I reveled in the joy of the holiday season. But, as a missionary I wanted more. Even though my life was focused on studying and teaching about my Savior, Jesus Christ, I wanted to strengthen my personal relationship with Him. I felt impressed to read, Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage in its entirety during the month of December. This was an amazing experience! Elder Talmage wrote this book in the Salt Lake Temple, and the truth and spirit infused in it is profound. I enjoyed the experience so much and was so uplifted that I read it all again my second December in the field.

I am so happy that the book Jesus the Christ can be found for free in the Gospel Library App. I have read it a few times since my mission. I especially love to read it in December. I love my Savior! He has healed me spiritually, emotionally, and physically. He shows His love for me constantly with tender mercies. How blessed I am to be a member of His church! And how grateful I am for this beautiful season of love and giving where we can feel His presence more strongly as we celebrate His birth!

Becky Zundel

Reflections on Gratitude

When I think of Gratitude I think of the old saying “Gratitude is an Attitude”, which I definitely agree with. As I reflect on what I am most grateful for many of them were difficult times in my life. I am grateful that I was born with a spine deformity making me ineligible for military service which enabled me to serve a mission for the church instead. I am grateful for my son. Even with all his special needs he brings a joy and happiness into my life that I don’t know what I would do without it. I am grateful that I have moved around a lot, not that I want to move again, but I have found many places I dont want to live.

Over the last thirty years of my life I have put a lot of thought into what I would change in my past, if I had the power. I have come to realize that I would not change a moment of it; I would not do anything different. I am who I am because of what I have been through, and I am grateful for it all. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the trials and hardships I have faced, and I am grateful that God has gifted them to me – the good times and the tough ones.

I am most grateful for my wife. These last seven years we have spent together have been the best, and hardest, of my life. Becky is my rock. Her love helps me to get through anything. I don’t know who/what I would be without her. I look forward to many wonderful, and stretching years with her at my side.

Calvin Zundel

Testimony of Prophets

When I was investigating the church in the late 1990’s President Gordon B. Hinckley was the prophet. I felt an immediate trust in him when I watched General Conference. Even today, when I view videos his talks, his kind, wise, loving voice still inspires me to do the right, keep my covenants, and deepen my testimony. I can actually hear his voice in my mind at times; I always feel comforted when I think of him and remember his counsel. I trusted who he was (and who he is!) and the message he imparted; that was part of what led me to my baptism in December of 1998.

My first real introduction to President Thomas S. Monson was through one of his talks during an April General Conference. I remember clearly when he asked a question of the viewing audience. He looked straight into the camera and asked if any among us were lonely, if we were struggling, etc. He invited us all to “Come unto Christ.” I still reflect on that moment – I was, indeed, lonely at that time, and (of course) it seemed as though he were speaking directly to me. When I get down or discouraged, I still remember his invitation to “Come unto Christ,” and I pray to be open to the unconditional love and peace “which passeth all understanding.”

I think all of us have prophets and apostles with whom we connect most directly. For me, having been baptized in 1998, the only two prophets I’ve “known” in a direct way while still alive were/are Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson. Both hold a very dear place in my heart because of the good counsel and love they have extended to all of us and the world.

 Alyssa Wolf

Token of Grace

At many points during my mission I was given small tokens of grace by Heavenly Father. One point in particular was at a time when I felt like my testimony was at its lowest. Being on my mission I felt like the weight of the mantle I carried plus my questioning of the church, and the scriptures, was almost too much too bear. I felt like I couldn’t find my way.

This came about because before my mission I had never studied the scriptures in depth. On my mission that’s all I was doing. I couldn’t help but ask questions, and find specific things that boggled my mind. The troubling thing was that the answers weren’t always there. I always felt the spirit of the scriptures, and had always trusted in them – but my anxiety over a specific question had overcome me. What scared me the most was not feeling like I could offer anyone a genuine testimony. One Easter Sunday, in Sacrament meeting, I was fasting and praying to receive an answer. I wanted a specific answer to my question regarding the scriptures.

Instead, the Spirit instructed me to get out a pen and paper. Obediently, I found a pen and scrap of paper and started writing the words that came to my hand. I didn’t save the paper so I can’t remember exactly what I was specifically told, but it was to the effect of “Don’t trouble your heart any more with this question; it is not important at this time for you to know it. You need to get back to work and focus on the needs of the investigators and the less-active. Their questions are more important. Be calm and know that in this way, your question has been answered.”

An answer like that normally wouldn’t make me any calmer. However, I felt calm. I felt happy to continue on and not be troubled anymore. His grace in answering my question and calming my anxiety helped me through my mission and has helped me carry my testimony. I can rely on the small miracles I have witnessed in the past so I can be a disciple now. I can genuinely say that prayers are answered in better ways than we expect. I know this church is true and I know that Heavenly Father cares deeply for each of us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Ashley Reid

Finding Faith

As a child, I always knew there was a God. I knew there was something or someone who was looking over me. Growing up in a home where religion or God was not talked about, I could still always feel His presence. However, I never knew what our Heavenly Father had prepared for me in life!

At the age of 15, my home life had deteriorated to nothing at all. There were drugs, and abuse abounded. I knew that there was something more in life, and I wanted out. I prayed and prayed to God that if He would elevate me from my current position in life, I would always try to serve him. One week before my 16th birthday, that prayer was answered. I was adopted by a family in Sandy, Utah. They took me in as one of their own children and saved my life. I was introduced to the church and quickly gained a testimony of its truthfulness. My life completely turned around. It was a miracle!

I know that all of this was possible because of faith! I knew even amidst all of the craziness of life that there was a God and he knew me. I don’t know how I knew. It was just something that I felt. If we put faith in our Heavenly Father and allow him to bless our lives, he will! All we need to do is ask in faith!

Andre Rainey

Freedom From Mistakes

I had an experience on my mission that I will never forget.  I was in the city of Dandenong, Australia. It was a cold and rainy day.  We had tracted all day and had not found much success so we looked forward to our dinner of fish and chips; they taste soBegging good in Australia.  We bought our meal wrapped in brown paper and went to sit down on a bench.  The warmth of the food and the smell made our mouth water with anticipation. Just as we were ready to eat a homeless man, smelling of alcohol and looking very hungry, came over to ask for money for food.  We had spent all of our money and told him so.  We also judged him as one who would spend the money for alcohol so we really did not want to give him any money even if we had any.  He left in a hurry looking embarrassed.  As we sat there, we both realized we could have given him our food!  We did not feel like eating our dinner after this and we got up and looked for him to give him our food.  But he was nowhere to be found.  I thought of the scripture that said people “entertain angels unawares” and felt we had been tested to see if we were truly the Lord’s disciples. As we went to people’s homes that night to teach them about the gospel, we did not feel like His representatives at all.  I will never forget the heart-felt prayers I said that night asking for forgiveness.  I vowed that night that if anyone ever asked me for money for food, I would give them food.  I was grateful for the experience I had a year later when I was visiting San Francisco with friends. A homeless man came BeggingAppleup to me, again smelling of alcohol, and asked for spare change for food.  I did not hesitate at all, even with his alcohol smell, but I immediately jumped at the chance to help him – I think this startled him. We went to a local convenience store and I bought him an apple and some cheese.  He was thankful for the food.  I was grateful for this opportunity to be free of the guilt I felt for that mistake I had made in Australia as a missionary.  Repentance is a great blessing and I am thankful for the gospel, which helps me to be free from the guilt that comes from making mistakes.

Sara Staker

Scripture Study

I like to get up early in the morning and study my scriptures. I find my mind is a lot more clear at that time, and I like starting my day off with something spiritual. I feel it helps my day go smoother, also. I can’t think of a specific incident while reading the scriptures that would be considered a big spiritual experience, but the scriptures seem to testify of their truthfulness over and over again to me. There’s an app I like to use called “My Daily Book of Mormon Devotional.” I also use “The Gospel Study Series,” by David J. Ridges. They really help me in my studying.

I try to read a conference talk after reading my scriptures also. A talk that has had an impact on me is Elder Holland’s talk “None Were With Him.” It’s probably my favorite. Another one that really helps me is Elder Christofferson’s talk on trials called “As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten.” It’s a good one to listen to or read often.

I remember the first time I saw the “Praise to the Man” movie at the Legacy Theater. It was so powerful! I don’t think there was a dry eye there. It made my faith and testimony in Joseph Smith grow so much!

I have a testimony that I know if we read and study our scriptures and study the words of our prophet and apostles that they can help with the problems we our having in our daily lives.

Julie Pehrson

Personal Study

About 2 years ago, I was really struggling with some personal things going on in my life.  Prayer has always been difficult for me not because I didn’t believe in it I have just never had those great experiences you hear people talk about where they just felt the Savior’s arms around them while praying.  I have never experienced that.  But I knew that I needed to get some answers to some questions and help how to deal with the issues I was having.  I started for the first time really in my life being very diligent about praying and reading my scriptures every day.  I had never done it consistently I would pray here and there or read my scriptures here and there but never had been consistent every day.

As I began to study and pray, and not just read to get through it but really try to understand what I was reading, I couldn’t believe the difference of things that I was able to understand and actually retain or how something would jog my memory of another scripture, it was amazing!   For the first time in my life I finally completed the Book of Mormon!  And I actually had a desire to keep reading so then I read the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price too.  I couldn’t believe it, I had never been able to do that before but something had changed.  I don’t know if it was because I was earnestly trying and needing so much help from my Father in Heaven that I was able to do it but it was wonderful.  I have since slacked off again and I notice the difference, why I can’t keep on rolling is a question I am still wrestling with in my own head, but when I reflect back to that time and how I was really trying to study how the answers came so clear and prayers were answered I know it was because I was doing what needed to be done.  Although Heavenly Father and our Savior already know what we are dealing with it is our responsibility to go to them in prayer and to study and to ask for that help.  They are there and they are willing we just need to do our part, so as I have tried to apply that in my own personal study I have seen the blessings that come from it.  I am grateful that each day we get to start new.  I fail daily on so many levels but the knowledge that I can start again and just a little harder the next day keeps me going, and that is all that they expect of us is to just keep trying, never giving up.

I love the quote by Elder Jeffrey R Holland that says “Don’t you quit.  You keep walking, you keep trying there is help and happiness ahead.”  My testimony is simple of personal study, it works if we just keep trying and applying the principles that we learn while studying and the blessings are there we just need to ask.

Kristie Ison

Memories of the Atonement

I grew up in upstate New York. Occasionally during the winter we would have ice storms. Everything would be coated with a thick layer of ice. The year when I was in kindergarten or first grade, we had one of those storms. The school bus dropped me off at the end of our driveway. Our driveway was a fairly steep hill. I tried to walk up the driveway to the house, but every time I did I slipped on the ice and slid back down.  It didn’t take long for me to become frustrated and scared. I didn’t think I would ever get to the house. My older brother came to my rescue.  He knew if he stayed where the snow was deep he could break through the ice crust and get where he wanted to go. He scooped me up and carried me to the house. To me, this is a lot like the atonement. We all have things in life that we can’t handle by ourselves – sin, grief, pain, etc. – and our Savior, (our big brother) is there to help. He carries us over and helps us through the things we can’t navigate by ourselves.

Pam Allen


My testimony of the Atonement was strengthened and solidified as I studied my scriptures and was able to bear testimony of the purpose of the Atonement on my mission. I acquired a picture which is now inside the front cover of my scriptures. It is of the Savior standing by a door without a handle. This has brought many thoughts to my mind. First, the Savior is standing at our door, but if we fail to open the door at His knock He will not be able to help us. I testify that the Savior will never leave our door.  He will always be there; it is our responsibility to invite Him into our life. The Atonement is the same. The Savior has paid the price for you and me. We need to make the Atonement effective in our lives by inviting Him in and applying those principles of the Atonement. The Atonement is not only for our wrongs, but for the wrongs people commit against us, and for every pain and suffering we may have. It is truly a blessing to have a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, to turn to and always know that they are there to help us and comfort us in any trial we may face.

Kevin Allen


A Family of Service

As children, we learned about joy. True joy can be found in loving and serving others. We pulled our red wagon around collecting Sub for Santa donations for years. One year, we collected enough for three station wagon loads!

My sister has been battling cancer for ten years. One family took soup to her every Monday night for a year. Heather told them she was feeling a bit better and didn’t “need” it at one point. Her neighbor said that her own family “needed” to do it because she noticed a lack of charity in her own family. Each of her four teenagers was in charge of buying ingredients, making, and delivering soup one week a month, boys included. Grumbling turned to joy as they served, and they actually looked for others to serve as well. One neighbor towed his trailer with a fully stocked fridge to Willard Bay so Heather’s family could have a three-day vacation after one of her many hospital stays. Even my sister found a way to serve. After her four-hour chemo sessions (five days a week for the first week of every month for three and a half years), she would often take a ward member in for a chemo session immediately after her own. Her doctor was astounded.

My brother Bryce always served others with his many talents and friendship to those seeming to be left out by others. Our family motto was “All for one and one for all” and our family truly lived it. My dad once bought tires for a down-and-out family we met on vacation, knowing they couldn’t pay him back. Bryce was like my dad. So many people have helped me because they say they could never pay Bryce back. They will pay him back by fixing my car or things outside. As sick as he was, Bryce still served me. I found his bucket list. Every line on two pages was for me. He supervised while his friends did for me what he could not do.

Through this time, I have been the recipient of the pure love of God – charity. Moroni states in Ether 12:33-34 that Christ loved us even to the laying down of his life for the world. Then he states, “Now I know that this love which thou has for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity, they cannot inherit that place thou has prepared in the mansions of thy Father.”                               

Heidi Jensen

The Power of Forgiveness

I come from a long line of grudge-holders. Sadly, my Grandma didn’t attend her own brother’s funeral because of a long previous offense that she couldn’t even recall. I have learned that holding grudges and withholding forgiveness feels a lot like carrying around a backpack full of heavy rocks. It sounds ridiculous to carry such a burden around unnecessarily, but when we choose not to forgive others the weight can be felt both physically as well as spiritually and emotionally. As we forgive others, we literally feel lighter as we toss off the burden of carrying around those “rocks.” As we try to become more like our Savior and learn by his forgiving example, we will enjoy the peace and light that comes through forgiveness.

Wendy Condie

Family Forgiveness

My experience of learning about forgiveness came with my father’s untimely death.  My father and I had a 13-year silence.  I would call him on his birthday and holidays, but not really in between. He came to town every few years, and he would come to say hi to his grandchildren.  However, he never was interested in my life or my children. He caused me so much pain in my youth that I thought I could never really truly love him.

When I found out that my dad was dead, I had so many emotions take over me.  There was never any closure.  I never got the apologies I deserved!  I never got to apologize for what I had done.  Well, God took that experience and made it beautiful.  I was able to find love and forgiveness for my father.  I was even able to talk to my stepmom after his death and honestly held no malice for him or her for the hell I went through as a child with them.

I have learned how freeing it is to choose love over hate.  How freeing it would have been for my dad had I ever been able to express that to him.  How different things would have been.  But it was the way God wanted it.  I learned a beautiful lesson out of something so horrible.  I never leave any fight without apologizing.  I never let someone who has hurt me or someone I have hurt go away without some closure.  It is so important to forgive and move on.  It is God’s job to judge.  It is our job to love.

Amanda Richmond

Family Tithing

In 1995 Angie decided to go back to church making sure our kids were brought up with good standards. At this time I was still offended and wanted nothing to do with any of it, so I did not participate. We had our struggles on and off just like any other marriage would have about money, what to do for entertainment purposes. Money always seemed to be a factor, there just was never enough for what we wanted to do. So we did like everyone else, play first then pay the bills with what was left, didn’t work out so well. So we decided to switch up who paid the bills. So one of us would pay for a while, and then the other would pay for a while, that way we both knew where the money went, not to mention getting a break from all the stress of paying the bills. No matter how hard we tried or which part of the year, it seemed like there just wasn’t enough money to go around.

In 1998 the brains of our outfit came up with this idea of paying tithing, yeah right, we don’t have enough to pay our bills and you want to give ten percent to the church, that by the way offended me back in the 80’s. Yeah still wasn’t over it. Well Angie started paying our tithing and low and behold what happened. It was a miracle, we were able to survive with what we had. We have not missed the money that we pay in tithing. And the blessings have never stopped. We have a wonderful home, healthy kids, (even Braden as many times as he has been to the hospital and can still function with all the breaks and sprains), best of all we were able to pay the hospital bills, we have our own business and everything else we need. This life lesson has helped me grow in the ward and the church.

-Jeff Parish

Not Room Enough to Receive

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  (Malachi 3:10)

I really like the idea of giving my tithing without knowing exactly where the money will go because I trust our church leaders to disseminate it to the right people and places.  I also am always interested and excited to see how the blessings will manifest, even though I do think a lot of those blessings aren’t always recognizable as related to tithing. I’ve had a lot of blessings come my way—and I definitely to attribute those to tithing. I’m not sure who said this, but I have always appreciated the saying, “You pay your tithing with faith, not with money.”

At one point when I was living in Spring City after my divorce, money was really tight.  One day, there was a knock on the door. My bishop was there w/ several bags full of freshly butchered and wrapped pork and beef. He was a farmer and had just butchered those animals. He asked if I could use the meat. “YES!” was my answer. The funny part was that I literally did not have “enough room to receive it”! (Malachi 3:10).  There was A LOT of meat, and I only had a tiny freezer—I had to get several different neighbors to store some of it in their freezers until I could use it, and there was plenty to share that bounty with them, too. I used that experience as an object lesson w/ my children about tithing and the promises of that wonderful scripture from Malachi.

Another time, when I had moved to a different house and the bishopric had shifted to a new bishop and counselors, I was going through a really hard time (both financially and physically). One day, just minutes after I’d been on my knees and had offered up a big prayer about my situation, there was a knock on my front door. When I opened it, the entire bishopric was standing on my front porch! I thought to myself, “Thanks, God, for sending out the whole brigade!” They had been driving around the neighborhood, with freshly butchered and wrapped beef from a cow that had been donated to the ward. They had been seeking inspiration from the Lord inspiration as to who could use the blessing, and they felt moved to come to my house. They asked me if I wanted the meat, and of course I said “Yes!” They also gave me a beautiful Priesthood blessing before they left, and that helped tremendously with my physical condition.

These two examples may seem to be only temporal ways in which I have been blessed, but the truth is, both experiences strengthened my faith and also my testimony of tithing.

-Alyssa Wolf