“The Savior is never closer to you than when you are facing or climbing a mountain with faith.”

art by Caitlin Connolly

Lucy Smith was leading a group of Saints to Ohio, and they were in desperate need of help.

They had already traveled five days down the Erie Canal and were hungry, cold, and exposed.

So, when the haggard group saw they were stranded on an ice-locked harbor in Buffalo, they started to complain and argue loudly.

Observing this, Lucy stepped before them and said,

“You profess to put your trust in God, then how can you feel to murmur and complain as you do! […] Where is your confidence in God?

“Now, brethren and sisters, if you will all of you raise your desires to heaven, that the ice may be broken up, and we be set at liberty, as sure as the Lord lives it will be done.”

As soon as she spoke, there was a noise like thunder and the ice parted, leaving a space just big enough for the boat to get through, and then the ice closed again.

I thought of that story as I have reflected on President Nelson’s talk on faith.

He stated, “My call to you is to start today to increase your faith. Your faith in Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move mountains in your life. […]

“Moving your mountains may require miracles. Miracles will come according to your faith in the Lord.”

But what about the Colesville branch? Faithful men and women who also left their homes and, at great sacrifice, followed the prophet’s call, who watched the ice close before them as Lucy’s boat continued forward.

Who spent 11 dreary days waiting for the ice to reopen.
Did they lack faith? No. Not necessarily.

Importantly, President Nelson continued that miracles do not always come how or when we expect them.

Each mountain is different.
Each person is different.
Each miracle is different.

It does no good to compare.

But our God is the same.
And He is a God of miracles.
He will deliver them in your life where and when He wills—but you have to have faith. And you have to ask.

The days of miracles have not ceased.

May we have the faith to find God’s will, the courage to ask for a miracle, and the confidence to access His power.

And remember, “The Savior is never closer to you than when you are facing or climbing a mountain with faith.

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