When I was thinking of what story I could write, I couldn’t think of a better story than the story of my sweet wife finding the Restored Gospel. So I asked her permission and wrote a brief history of how she found the Gospel and how it can be applicable to the reader’s lives. I chose to direct my writing to a young adult audience in the young adult section of the Ensign. Below is the story along with two different sketches of how the magazine article could look, as well as some eye-pleasing images that will be included in the article.
Story: The Lord Guides Those Who Are Actively Seeking Truth
College was full of fun and adventure for Perla. She would miss all the good times she had with friends at the University of Texas over the past 6 years. It had been a time where she came to understand herself better, but at the same time it caused her greater confusion. She had grown up an active Catholic, but as she began attending college she felt like something was missing from her life spiritually. She began going to different churches with friends trying to find something to fill the void she was filling. She didn’t even know what she was looking for, but she knew something was missing.
By the time she graduated with a Master’s degree she had basically given up on going to different churches and had decided that for her it was enough to just be a spiritual person. However, when the time came to choose a vocation she had a tough time deciding where to take a job. Finally, a job was offered for the State of Texas, but she would have to move a few hours away to a place she had never lived before. Nevertheless, she felt good about the decision (later she would discover that she had been inspired to make the decision) and decided to make the move.
However, instead of living in the small town where her job was located she decided to live in the city 45 minutes away due to the nature of the job and for various other reasons (including being guided by the Lord). And where do you think the Lord guided this woman seeking for truth? Why, to an apartment complex with 8 missionaries living in it of course. However, that is not how Perla found the Gospel. In fact, it was two days after she had moved that she was invited to dinner by the only family she knew in the city. It just so happened that this family was a less-active LDS family and that the missionaries were going to be there that night to have a family home evening with the family.
Four weeks later Perla had read the entire Book of Mormon and just six weeks later she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Now, you may be wondering where I fit into this story. Well, I was privileged to be one of the missionaries that was guided by the Lord to be in the right place at the right time and that helped guide Perla to baptism. Later I was even more blessed to be sealed to Perla for time and all eternity.
The reason I love my wife’s story of becoming a member of the Church is because it shows that the Lord is always willing to guide those who are actively seeking truth. Although, I have wondered why the Lord didn’t help her find the Church when she was going to different churches in college. There could be a multitude of reasons. However, I like use my wife’s experience as a guide to me in my own life. Just like my wife, we all have to always be open to the guidance of the Lord. We have to be willing to do what he asks at any moment. Then, as life goes on the Lord will continually guide us to truths as we become ready to receive them. The Lord knows each one of us individually and he will help us throughout our lives as long as we are open and willing to receive it. Even though you may not feel like you know all the answers now, keep moving forward and faith and the Lord will guide you to where you need to go.