A rather exciting thing happened yesterday, but that you might more fully appreciate this blessed occurence let me first provide a little background. We have an investigator, Abel, who, as investigators sometimes do, had recently ceased to progress in his learning of the gospel. There has been minimal communication between us over the past month and contact has slowly diminished to zero. We were about ready to drop him off our records this week when lo and behold there came a most-unexpected miracle! We arrived early to our weekly English class to feast upon a chicken that was so graciously provided by a member in Petaluma. To our surprise, Abel had just pulled into the church parking lot and was about to leave when he saw us. He had decided to come give English class a shot because of a boredom that had overcome him and he arrived an hour early because of a time misunderstanding. We consequently met with him and invited him to dinner where we shared a pleasant time together before our language lesson. Had not a very particular series of events taken place, Abel may have been lost forever!
"Miracles" are real and they take place according to our faith. "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men? (Moroni 7:27). I know that miracles have not ceased. Miracles of varying proportions take place every day of our lives and if we take a step back, we can see God's influence in our lives. I am grateful that another opportunity was gifted us to teach Abel by our loving Heavenly Father.