In my Ensign Reading Project, (and I am still way behind…) this article, “Starting Our Marriage with Nothing but Faith” by Elisabeth Allen, touched my heart. I especially loved the heavenly sent crib part. It made me tear up because EB and I started our marriage almost 27 years ago in the same way. It brought me back to those faith-filled GOOD ole’ days and driving cars that were named “the pumpkin”.
If you don’t have time to read all of the article (it’s really short, only two small pages) here is my favorite part that you really need to read. It will put a bit of hope back into your day.
When we were expecting our first baby, a girl, we had no idea how we would pay the bills, but we believed that it would work out. Around this time we received an unexpected $1,000 check in the mail from Matt’s grandma. At that point in our marriage, $1,000 was more money than we had ever had at one time. Grateful, we thanked first God and then Grandma for it, and we set it aside to put toward the impending baby bills. Another day Matt got an odd job fixing a pothole—another $250. The blessings kept coming.
Two weeks before our baby was born, I called Matt at work and told him that even though I didn’t know how we were going to pay for it, we needed a crib for the baby. I told him I would pick him up at work and that we were going to go get a crib. While on my way, I pulled my car over to answer a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize.
“Hello, Liz? This is Katherine Anderson. I live around the corner from you.”
“Oh! Yes! How are you?”
“I am fine. I am calling because this morning I was praying and I had a feeling that you needed a crib. I have one here for you. I had five babies and couldn’t have lived without a changing table, so I have one of those for you too.”
I sat in stunned silence.
“I know your car is small,” she continued, “so I’d like you to come over and use my car to get these things over to your apartment.”
Tears and more silence.
I still think of how much God blessed us through that wonderful woman!
Even though we did not start our marriage with things—not even a dresser or a bed—what we did start with was a lot of faith and a lot of dreams. We started our marriage with the determination to always trust in God. We started our marriage with faith that if we worked hard, we would enjoy the blessings of providing for ourselves through the Lord’s help.