This past week, I had an experience that helped my faith and strengthened my assurance that God knows and loves each of us.
Last Tuesday, I was planning on going to the my local LDS temple after school to do baptisms for the dead. Before my last class of the day, my mom texted me and told me she would be willing to excuse me from school to go to the temple so I could beat the after-school rush. As I pulled into the temple parking lot it was, as I had expected, rather vacant. I assumed I would be one of the only youth there as school was still in session.
I followed the regular procedure of having my temple recommend checked at the front desk and then going downstairs to the baptistery. As I reached the desk in the baptistery, I noticed a young man standing at the desk, with a worried look in his eyes. When I approached the desk, the temple worker looked at me and asked, “Do you happen to speak Spanish?”
As chance would have it, I have been taking Spanish since I was 12, and I am currently enrolled in AP Spanish at my high school. I replied with a, “Yes,” and began to speak to the boy. He sighed with relief, as he could now clearly communicate with the temple workers through my translation. I accompanied him throughout our experience at the temple that day, speaking Spanish the entire time. Usually when I speak Spanish on the spot, I get nervous and tend to struggle with even the basic rules of Spanish grammar. But this particular time, my Spanish was fluent and easy.
I know that it is beyond just chance that that our paths crossed that day. The odds of him and me running into one another aren’t mere coincidence. I feel he was prompted to go to the temple, despite his inability to speak English, because that is where the Lord wanted him to be. And likewise, because he acted in faith, Heavenly Father prompted me to go and help him through his experience at the temple.
I know that when we act on the promptings we receive, the Lord will provide ways to accomplish what we need to. I am grateful that he understands all our wants, our needs, and knows how to help us. I know that we will receive His help when we trust in Him by acting in faith.