I is for Inspiration

Here are a few random experiences of receiving inspiration from the Spirit:

  1. I had lost a library book that I wanted to read to my younger daughter. I looked everywhere then I prayed about it and felt impressed to ask my oldest daughter. She knew exactly where it was–under a pile of papers in her sister’s top right dresser drawer. 
  2. I’ve been watching the neighbor’s pets while they are out of town. I was heading over about 9 at night when I couldn’t find their house key. I thought I’d left it on the hall tree but have had nightmares of locking it inside their house accidently and figured that’s what I had done. I was debating whether to call a locksmith or call the neighbors in Arkansas to see if they’d given anyone a spare key or could mail me one overnight express…Then my daughter asked me if I’d prayed about it…I did, but didn’t feel any impressions. Evidently, my daughter then prayed also. She asked me to ask her sister–she felt she would know. Just then said sister walked in from being out with friends. She had the key! She’d taken it thinking it was one of our house keys.
  3. Today we had an extraordinary answer to prayer. We were on our way out the door to go to the base for me to do Story Time and my companion couldn’t find his ID card. 15-20 minutes of looking and still no card. Now we were going to be late even if we found it immediately, so I called and said I may not make it. Then my companion put his hands in his trouser pocket and there it was. He had looked in that pocket at least twice (it’s not a big pocket. Nothing else was in there. It definitely was not in the pocket earlier). After the initial 5 minutes of looking he had offered a quick prayer. After 20 minutes of looking, and fearing it had fallen out of his pocket at the store last night, he offered up a more fervent, pleading prayer. That’s when the thought came, “look in your pocket again.” And there it was. We jumped in the car and were only 3 minutes late–story time was awesome with 25 people attending this time!
  4. This one is from my mom’s experience: she and her brother had gone to Florida to bring their sister, Dolores back, who was having another mental health set-back. No one would or could take responsibility for her and left the decision up to my mom. She prayed about putting her in a hospital in Boston and received the definite “burning in her bosom.” [see D&C 9:7-9 for more on this method of receiving the Spirit.] Suspecting heartburn, she prayed two more times and each time felt the burning. She went ahead with the decision which proved to be best for her sister, as she was diagnosed properly and put on a more effective medication as a result.
Version 2

A favorite picture of Mom with me and my firstborn–her first grandchild


About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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6 Responses to I is for Inspiration

  1. Yamini Ali MacLean says:

    Hari Om
    Inspiration works best when Intention is clear
    Often what seems farthest is the nearest of near!
    YAM xx

    • Gail says:

      You are a wise woman!
      This morning in my scripture study I came across this message from Elder Rasband, an apostle:
      We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings—and we all have—we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten.17 [See Truman G. Madsen, Joseph Smith the Prophet (1989), 103.]

      It reminded me of my mother’ “Heartburn” !

  2. sizzlesue15 says:

    What a lovely photo to treasure, Gail. How wonderful for you to have your faith and to find inspiration from that in times of need.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  3. Richard says:

    I like the quote from Elder Rasband. Sometimes one can be prompted about something more than one time. In the event a reminder is not forthcoming though, better to follow the prompting right away.

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