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Living by the scriptures

Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. — Ether 12:6

Many years ago, I lay in a hospital bed waiting for a call from the newborn intensive care unit where my two-day old son was in extremely critical condition. The call came and I was told by a well-meaning person that in spite of the seriousness of the situation, if we just had enough faith my son would live. I hung up the phone and lay in bed thinking to myself, "Faith — my son's life depends upon my faith." What an overwhelming feeling that was.

I started praying. I pleaded and begged my Heavenly Father for my son's life — that he would be healed and live. As I did this, I had the strangest sensation that the ceiling over me was solid — that my prayers weren't going anywhere.

After a while the realization came to me that I was praying for the wrong thing — I needed to know the Lord's will for my son. I started to pray in great humility. I told my Heavenly Father that I knew that this little boy was His child, that I knew that He had the

power to heal Thomas if it was His will, and then I acknowledged that if it wasn't, I would accept His will, that I would do my best to trust in Him. Minutes later, I got the call telling me that my beautiful little boy had died.

What I learned through the days and weeks and years that followed was that it took great faith to bow to my Heavenly Father's will and to let go of my little boy, to trust in Heavenly Father's love and care and His promises for a future with my son — perhaps even greater faith than it would have taken for Thomas to be healed — as I wanted him to be.

Truly, the process was a great test of faith yet, the promised witness did come, as well as great peace, but only after the greatest of the trial had passed.

— Carla Cheney Carter, Charleston, S.C.

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