If you have seen Freetown, this question probably crossed your mind:

“What does Mark 9:24 say?”

For those of you who have not yet seen Freetown and are wondering what I’m talking about, in the movie the Elders travel to Freetown in a small red car. The car holds the six Elders and the driver. The back windshield of the car has a sticker with the reference Mark 9:24.

In case you forgot to look up the reference when you left the movie, it says “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

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The infamous car. 

I thought this scripture fit the movie perfectly. When I went to go see Freetown, I loved the contrast between the faith of the Elders versus the doubt of Brother Abubakar.  Brother Abubakar has moments of unbelief. Whereas, the Elders have a great deal of faith and put their whole trust in the Lord. Their faith allowed them to witness many miracles.

As a missionary I always searched for, and to some degree expected, miracles. Since missionaries are representatives of Jesus Christ they can leave behind them a trail of miracles.

However,  I, and maybe many of you, sometimes have the doubt of Brother Abubakar. I sometimes feel my life is too ordinary for God’s miracles to happen. I say, “Sure, miracles happened almost every day on my mission but I was a missionary then. Now I’m just me,” or perhaps I say, “God has already blessed me in so many ways. Surely I have had my fair share of miracles.”

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On the set of the recent hit movie “Freetown”. 

God eventually reminds me of the words of Moroni, “God has not ceased to be a God of miracles” (See Mormon 9:15).

Then I have to ask myself some questions:

  • Am I noticing God’s miracles in my life?
  • If not, why not?
  • Are they not occurring or am I just not paying attention?

Whether you are going on a mission, recently returned from a mission, or simply desire to have more faith in the Savior, these are steps that can help you witness miracles throughout your whole life. They were shared with me by my mission president’s wife at a multi-zone conference.

  1. Cast out doubt

I’ve often heard the phrase, “If you think you can, you can.” God is omnipotent. He can do anything, if it’s in His will. God is willing to give us miracles. We just have to be willing to ask in unwavering faith (see James 1:6). If we doubt, faith cannot exist. President Monson once said, “Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.” So we have to make a choice. Are we going to doubt or are we going to believe?

  1. Cultivate faith

In order to work miracles, we need to believe they can happen. We need faith. So how do we grow our faith? Believe. If you can’t believe, just start with a desire to believe. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, “Lord, I Believe.

 

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  1. Be cleansed from sin

Christ worked so many miracles when he was on the earth. One of the reasons He had the power to do so was because He was sinless. If we want to work miracles like Christ did, if we want our hands to be His hands, our hands need to be clean like His hands. Repent. Rely on the Atonement. Be clean. D&C 50:29 promises that if you are cleansed from sin, anything you ask in the name of Christ will be done.

  1. Expect the trial of faith

God loves us. He wants us to learn and grow. Before we see a miracle, God may try us. There may be doubts, concerns and heartache. But, if you go through a trial and are faithful through the trial, expect a miracle. Take a look at D&C 136:31.

  1. Watch for miracles

I love to take the time each day to think back and reflect on how God’s hand was in my life that day. As I’ve done so, I’ve not only noticed His hand guiding my life but I’ve also found miracles that have happened that I may have overlooked. I love asking the questions recommended by President Henry B. Eyring:

“Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children?”

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  1. Be grateful

Be grateful. God let you witness one of His miracles. His love for you is incredible.

Miracles have not ceased. No matter who you are, you can witness miracles in your life.

 

For another great story, check out: “New member cuts out tattoos to serve mission“.

About The Author

Lindsey served in the California Riverside Mission, Spanish-speaking. She now studies journalism at BYU. You can find her on Instagram, @lindseybwilliams, or on Twitter, @lindsey5brooke.

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