Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Impromptu Prayer

So every first Sunday of the month our church holds a "Fast Sunday". This is where we are given an opportunity to fast 3 meals, and attend church and partake of the sacrament. We are also given the chance to bare our testimonies to the congregation if we would like.
Well both of my girls look forward to this Sunday. Every Sunday they are asking if it is fast Sunday. About 2 months ago it was a fast Sunday and Kristen had been asking since she woke up if she could bare her testimony. I agreed that she could, but something you should know is that I have never gone up with them and told them what to say in any way. I stay in my seat in the congregation and let them bare THEIR own testimony.
So the sacrament ends and it is time for the testimonies to be said. Kristen jumps right up and she is the second one to bare hers. The thing about Kristen is that I never know what she is going to say or how she is going to say it. Most often it is a sweet simple testimony, others she will giggle, and breath heavy into the microphone. So I was a little worried about how she would do this time around. Well she gets to the pulpit and begins..."I'd like to bare my testimony, I know this church is true, and I think that its very important to pray, and I think that we should pray today for those who are not at church that they can come to church. OKAY?" She pauses and looks around, I am on the edge of my seat, what do I do, can she pray at the pulpit? I am growing nervous. I look to the Stake President who is sitting on the stand. At that very moment he shrugs his shoulders and folds his arms. "Okay this is going to happen I say. Everyone else in the congregation folds their arms as well, but not without having a little chuckle themselves. Kristen begins, "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this day. So glad we can be in church. Please bless those who did not come to church today, that they can come, and that they will love Jesus, and make good choices. Heavenly Father we love you, and we love Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ amen." She said thank you and she left the pulpit.
Everyone came to me afterwards and said how sweet that was. My stake President was very nice and was like "hey we are told it shall be said out of the mouths of the children..."
That is one fast Sunday that I will never forget. I am so thankful for my girls and for their sweet examples to me about how we should be and their forgiving nature, and their love and forgiveness. I love being a mom. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my children.


  1. That is awesome! I am so glad the Stake President set the example and allowed her to be who she was and do as she felt was right. You are a great momma Rebekah.

  2. Oh man, that made me cry. What a sweet little girl. You have obviously done an amazing job at raising them! :)

  3. This is the sweetest story ever!!!!!! I love that girl and I love you, what a fantastic mom you are!

  4. I loved this story! lol I had to share with Andrew.


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