Many have heard the story of President Kimball helping a struggling young mother carry her child through the airport.
But there is more to the story that I learned from “Priesthood Power of Woman” by Barbara Gardner.
The woman in that airport was Barbara’s mom.
Her mother had a daughter and then four consecutive miscarriages before she conceived another baby.
Her body was weak. The doctors suggested an abortion. The couple knew this wasn’t the right choice for them, but also knew they needed help so they decided to move closer to family.
A long car ride was dangerous for her, so they sold everything and scraped together the money for the mom to fly with her daughter with just 35 cents left over.
After she was at the airport, her flight canceled. She was stranded with no money, diapers, or food and strict instructions to hold nothing heavier than a loaf of bread.
Exhausted, she prayed for help.
A man came up, held her very wet, sad child lovingly, and helped schedule a new flight.
She said that as the man helped her, she inexplicably felt as if he were also blessing her.
Months later she connected who that man was: President Kimball.
After their meeting, defying all odds, Barbara’s mother was able to give birth to ten more children.
Barbara speaks of this story not only an example of charity, but also of priesthood power.
She states, “Here were three people: President Kimball, my mother, and my father, all using their priesthood power and authority for the salvation of God’s children on the earth. These three individuals were determined to keep their covenants, and, in their own unique ways, be about His errand for the salvation of the souls of others.”
D&C 121:36 states, “the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven.”
The RIGHTS of the priesthood CONNECT US to the POWERS OF HEAVEN.
“The same priesthood power that created worlds […] can and should be part of our lives to succor, strengthen, and bless our families, our friends, and our neighbors.” (M. Russell Ballard)
It is there—
A flowing river of power waiting for us to dip our teaspoon into.
Draw upon it today.