Angela's Temple Prayer

(This story is based on a true experience)

“I’d like to close our Family Home Evening lesson tonight with my testimony of prayer. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers and I’m very thankful for prayer,” Dad said. He turned to Mom and said, “Time for family business. What’s on our schedule for this week?”

Mom pulled out the calendar. After talking about a home teaching appointment, a choir concert, and piano lessons, Mom said, “And, we have our trip to Mesa, Arizona this weekend so Dad and I can attend the temple. Since it’s a seven hour drive from here, we’ll need to stay overnight.”

Angela played with her braids. She looked over at Dad and said, “Do you think we’ll ever have a temple closer to us, Daddy?”

“That’d sure be nice. The Mesa Temple is wonderful, but it’s so far away. Maybe we should pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him to bless us with a temple closer to our home. Then we could attend more often and not have to spend the weekend.”

Angela nodded.

That night by her bed, Angela knelt down for her own prayer. She remembered what Dad said about praying for a temple. She thought about her favorite song, “A Child’s Prayer,” and the words to the second verse,

“Pray, he is there; Speak, he is list’ning.
You are his child; His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer; He loves the children. . .” (CS 12 )

She bowed her head and asked Heavenly Father for a temple closer to
where she lived in Southwestern Colorado.

When she finished her prayer, she froze like a statue. Her eyes moved from side to side. “Is someone there?” she called out. Finally, she jumped up and rushed into the living room to find Mom and Dad.

“What’s wrong, Angela?” Dad said. .

Between breaths she said, “I was saying my prayers and I asked for a temple.”

“That’s good, isn’t it?” Dad looked puzzled.

Angela jumped up and down. “Something happened.”

“What?” Mom asked, reaching her hand out to grab Angela’s.

“After my prayer, I heard someone say, ‘A temple will be built here.’ I looked all around my room, but no one was there.” Angela’s eyes grew big.

“Hmmm. Sounds like you had a direct answer to your prayer,” Dad said.

Mom gave her hand a squeeze.

“I think so, too.” She pulled her mom and dad close to her and gave them a tight hug. She skipped back to her room and wrote all about her experience in her journal. That night, she thought about what happened until she drifted off to sleep.

About a month later, on April 4, 1997, she was watching General Conference at her ward building. President Hinckley stood at the pulpit and announced plans for a temple in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a four-hour drive from Angela’s house.

Angela felt tingles all over. Heavenly Father had really, truly answered her
prayer for a temple closer to her house.

Even more exciting, was the announcement at the next General Conference, on October 4, 1997, about plans for a smaller temple in Monticello, Utah because that meant there’d be a temple within two hours from her home.
She looked at her dad and said, “Now Heavenly Father has given us a temple even closer to our house and has answered my prayer again.” She grinned. “Sometimes, He answers prayers in more ways than one.”

***Angela and her family attended the open house for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple and the Monticello, Utah Temple. Her family has been blessed to regularly attend the Monticello, Utah Temple because they can now travel home the same day.

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