During Saturday morning session of general conference, Elder Eyring explained his experience when he asked through prayer for mountains to climb and challenges to make him stronger, after hearing Spencer Kimball in a previous talk. http://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2012/04?lang=eng&vid=1540737878001&cid=12
His prayer was answered with the hardest trial of his life following the prayer, humbling him more than ever experienced.
I like to say I learned my lesson to never pray for patience. It always takes forever to get that prayer answered.
All joking aside, I have recently been asking for guidance for safety and liberty. To be free from tyranny and persecution. Persecution is coming to my family at a rapid speed that is becoming unbearable which I fear will only get worse. Every time in the past when I asked for God to deliver me to a safe haven, his answer was always “not yet, stay where you are and I will reveal instructions at a later hour. I continued in my lack of patience to ask, “Is it time yet?” The same answer always not yet. Stay where you are. I will deliver you soon.” As usual as soon as I become content with that answer I receive a new one without even asking. “Get your house ready to sell.” I being pregnant with a lot of children and a hernia on top of that humbly asked for motivation and ability to do such a task in time for the Lords will to be done.
MOTIVATION? That is almost as crazy as praying for patience. So far the motivation has come in the form of a leaky toilet and bathtub drain that resulted in a complete bathroom remodel. And eventual drywall and paint replacement in the family room underneath. Then our heater exploded making it so we must get a new one which will be good cause we were going to have to get central air in order to sell the home. No air conditioning is not a selling point in real estate.
We have also been having car troubles. All our transportation suddenly came to a halt. I can only guess this is for the purpose that we stay home and work on the house. These trials have been hard but I know they are for a good ending and for guidance to be where I need to be. To be free to grow and learn and have relationships with my neighbors. To have a place my kids can run safely in a yard big enough to play in. God loves each and every one of us and has a plan for all of us. I know patience, trust, faith in Christ and the simple task of asking him for guidance, knowledge, and the ability to discern truth will always be answered when asked for a good purpose according to his will. When in doubt, ask! When in trouble, ask! When in pain, ask! Knock and he shall answer. Ask and ye shall receive. I am grateful for my trials. Even though they seem overwhelming now, I know the purpose is higher than I can see now and I will be able to fulfill a calling from my heavenly father because I am suffering this long period of trials.
2 nephi 4:35
35 Yea, I know that God will give aliberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I bask cnot amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the drock of my erighteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.