“It’s a Christmas Miracle!”. These were the words exchanged between my mother and I very often during this past Christmas season as we witnessed countless miracles while she helped me with all my choir shenanigans as the Southern Utah Heritage Choir Applause chairman conducting our annual fundraiser event with all if it’s many intricate details and follow-ups. Immediately after Christmas was over, we moved right into the next busy agenda of my daughter’s wedding, those words were replaced with, “It’s a wedding miracle!“. Then when my mother became gravely ill and I got the flu, our words changed to, “It’s a miracle to be alive!”. Three individual and separate miracles occurring on a daily basis where we saw the hand of God.
The only other time I’ve witnessed so many consecutive miracles was when I served as a missionary in Honduras. My companion and I used to call ourselves, “Warriors of Light” because daily we put on The Whole Armor of God and set out on foot to bring people to Jesus Christ through faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Our mission included bringing to light the knowledge of the Book of Mormon and the blessings of the temple which are a continuation of families through the Abrahamic/New and Everlasting Covenant made possible through priesthood authority. All of these endeavors rendered MANY miracles.
All missionaries are bringing the world His light which conquers darkness. How grateful we are for the blessings of protection their planted feet provide the soil thereupon. This darkness began as a battle way before we were born. The war was called, “The War in Heaven”. It is between good (from the Savior) and evil (from the serpent-Satan). Clearly, we all began as “Warriors of Light” because we are here on earth today. Why do we need to prove ourselves again in this battle if we already proved ourselves in our pre-existence? Is it because we were only spirit children of God and didn’t have a mortal body that would need testing? So, here we are, and now the wages of war are: life or death, happiness or sorrow, light or darkness, continuation of life hereafter or the end of that continuation when we die.
There are several things that are prerequisite for becoming a warrior in this war and entering the gates of the nobles: humility, a desire to lift up the gospel banner (Mosiah 2: 5-6), temple worthiness, a warning voice “every man to his neighbor” (D&C 38:41) and a desire to beckon or invite others to the “gates of the nobles (the temple portals)”. Understanding Isaiah, Donald W. Parry, Jay A. Parry and Tina M. Peterson
There are three miracles we will see from God prior to his second coming that are known as signals. They are: Gathering of Israel by hoisting a banner or ensign on a mountain; calling with a voice; and beckoning with the hand. Isaiah 13:2-5. 2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. All of these signs or signals have taken place and are in full effect today! Many people are learning to understand the words of Isaiah because they know they are written to us for our day even though they are difficult to grasp. Some people may want to give up and quit because they feel like there’s no hope. To you, I especially say, this is for you!
Is it worth it, or in Spanish I would ask “vale la pena?” I suppose we would need to ask these questions, why are we here, where are we going? Do we need a Savior, is there life after life and will our conduct in this life make a difference in the next life? If you read this link, you will witness the countless times where we know the Savior himself appeared to so many after his death and resurrection and to what purpose the Father sent Him to earth in the first place: “And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil-and for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works. And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world” 3 Nephi 27:14-16. He will to redeem us from the fall and atone for our sins and raise men up just as men raised Him up upon the cross. (John 11:25–26).
There are three things happening at this very moment that tell us these events are happening: The book of Mormon has come to light and is flooding the earth acting as a voice from the dust and inviting all the sons of Adam to become heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Temples are on every continent populated by people. Sanctified missionaries, who like ancient Israel soldiers, prepared for their service to Jehovah by participating in holy rituals connected with the temple. They have been welcomed into the gates of the nobles.
There is truth when we say “things come in three’s”. For me, enduring these past three months with all my choir duties and duties as a mother, wife/daughter/sister/friend and a fellow member of the gospel. There is truly no possible way my mother and I could have done all the things we did to celebrate four birthdays, Thanksgiving, invitation to sing at the temple visitor’s center, three back-to-back choir Christmas concerts , conduct the Applause fundraiser, prepare and celebrate for Christmas and then have a wedding eight days later without divine help. In hindsight, I now see why we both got sick right after, but thank the Lord we were able to endure and get through the toughest of times and then, miraculously be healed. He will use each of us for good in the capacity of our gifts and willingness to serve as we first sanctify ourselves and then invite others to do the same. The Savior desires for all to enter into the gates of the nobles. .