“Why don’t we see things like that now? Why is it always a long time ago?” These were questions our youngest, Son2, asked me a few evenings ago, as we were reading about Jesus visiting the people after his resurrection (3 Nephi chapter 11) and how they heard the voice of heavenly Father introduce Jesus – ‘Behold, my Beloved Son…’
I think many of us have asked that question – do miracles still happen today? I explained a couple of things to him.
First, that miracles do happen today, in our family lives, everything is not coincidence.
I reminded him of the door key incident. We – the children and I – had all gone out one Saturday afternoon to the library and the market – this was when my dear husband was away studying. As we headed back down the road towards the house I became aware that I did not have the house keys. We checked all bags, pockets, hands. Nothing. I am not prone to forgetting things and our door is such that it won’t close properly without using the key. So I was worried. No neighbour has a spare key and no back door left open. So I encouraged the children to pray as we approached the house. I think Son1 and Daur2 ran on ahead and then quickly one of them ran back – a look of joyful shock on their face. “They were in the door!!” they exclaimed. The keys were in the lock. The house was locked, nothing disturbed outside or inside, after a quick check. I offered thanks to Father and we discussed the many possibilities of the keys miracle – had I actually lost them outside but an angel put them in the door? were they made invisible so no passersby took them out the door? I don’t know. But, for the older children and me, it’s a miracle. Son2 would have been under 5 years so probably doesn’t remember everything about it. I reminded Son2 of other more personal miracles to him, such as when he has been healed.
Second, I reminded him that we live before the time that Jesus will come back, and that maybe we would be alive when He comes back. If so, I’m fairly certain Heavenly Father will introduce Jesus and all the world will experience His return to Earth.
Third and finally, I shared that first we need to trust Father and Jesus (have faith in Them) and then miracles and signs will follow, not the other way round.
I was reminded of the verses in Moroni 7 where he quotes words from his father, Mormon, saying:
it is by faith that miracles are wrought… if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.
I hope I never stop believing. The truth is very simple to understand, and beautifully simple to live. It does take effort, especially since we are not wrapped in cotton wool, but that is why Father does give us help and miracles. He loves and will always love you, me, them, us.