Living by the scriptures

And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.

And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.

Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth. — Mormon 9:19-21

One August morning I woke early to wash the windows. While moving a 12-foot ladder my back started to hurt. I thought I was just out of shape, but then I felt weak and nauseous. I went in the house to rest, but my legs were shaking by the time I got there and could hardly support me. My back pain became excruciating and I lay down, half kneeling, in the living room. Within 15 minutes the pain subsided. My legs slipped out from under me, and suddenly I could not move them anymore.

I had been reading the scriptures daily for several months. While I lay on the floor I wasn't afraid; I knew my Heavenly Father was aware of my circumstance and was with me. I calmed, felt my Father's love, and knew that everything would work out.

After completing every test imaginable at the hospital, I found out it was unrelated to the window washing or heavy ladder. The doctors diagnosed that I had developed transverse myelitis, an autoimmune infection in my spinal cord. The infection attacked my spinal cord and paralyzed me from the waist down.

The next morning in the hospital I opened up my scriptures to where I had left off the previous morning, Mormon chapter 9. I read that God was truly a God of miracles. I knew I believed in Christ without doubt and that I was in His hands. I knew I would be healed.

It's been nine weeks since the onset of this trial, and I have seen one miracle after another. I now have movement in my feet and partial movement in my legs. I can crawl on my hands and knees, and I get more movement each day. I know I will walk again; I just don't know when. I know Heavenly Father's wisdom is wiser than my own. I have never felt more loved and comforted than I have through this trial. My prayers are answered with strength to keep a positive attitude, make my body stronger, and endure this test with honor. — Sheri McCollough, Clayton, Wash.

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