I've had a few encounters. When I hit dating age, my dad didn't want to stay up all night waiting for me to come home, so he asked me to come in the bedroom and pinch his toe when I got home. Ten years ago, after he died, I was sleeping and felt my toe being pinched.
About 3 1/2 years ago, I was sitting on the steps outside our apartment, crying. As I cried I felt a hand on my shoulder, as physical a touch as I've ever felt. But I was sure no one could be behind me, because I had closed the door when I came out, but the touch real. I thought maybe one of my dogs was laid a paw on my shoulder, but when I turned around, I could see the door was closed, and neither my son or the dogs could have come out without me hearing the door open.
About a year ago, I arrived at church for an early morning meeting, only to find I wasn't necessary for that meeting. I didn't want to go back home, and I was exhausted, so I walked into the chapel and sat down in my regular pew, and fell asleep sitting up. But just before i was really gone, I heard a real voice whisper to me something God wanted for me.
A few years ago I had such an experience. I awoke one morning to my mother who had passed away gazing at me with such love in her eyes, and she told me it would be alright, I felt her embrace me. And then she was gone. I had been praying over some family issues that had troubled me for some time and after that I felt so comforted and was able to put it all aside and not be concerned about it again. It brought such peace to my heart. I know my mother was there to comfort me and I felt so blessed to have such peace.
I love the final comments in the article that God or the Savior may answer our prayers, but it could also be our family angels that answer them as well.
I can testify of Angels who have attended to me during my life time. Once when I was a young girl after a severe beating by my father after accusing me of lying. I was confused and hurting. An angel came to me and told me Heavenly Father would always be there for me though my earthly father would not. I often thought of that experience over the years of continued abuse and even after I left home and struggled with life.
Just a few weeks ago I felt the hands of ministering angels lift me up during a very traumatic time with my youngest son. I knew all would be well and just left it into the hands of the Lord. It turned out even better than okay.
I had secondary infertility and struggled for 10 years to become pregnant again. During that time, I felt the presence of 3 little boys often. I could felt their hands tucked into mine, especially one in particular. After 10 years I became pregnant with my 2nd son, 17 months later a 3rd son, and 3 years later my 4th son, who was the one I always felt comforted by the most. I had been given a blessing that he was sent to bring me comfort during difficult times and I would say, despite last week, he has.
Thank you Anne for this beautiful article. I also have a testimony that angels can be with us, most often our unborn family members or our ancestors who have gone on before. What a comfort to know that families are forever and that we are never alone. Hugs to you, Sarah
My dear friend's daughter passed away last year as a young mother of five children. A few days after her passing her husband took their older children to the temple to do baptisms. Right outside the temple he saw his wife dressed in white looking happy. That gave him the assurance that she was in a good place.
I love your piece so beautifully written about angels among us. Surely this is true!!!! I also love the picture of angels that accompanies this.
Thank you for writing this article. I so needed to read this today.
As a young bride I had menorrhagia and worried that the hormones I was taking would inhibit my ability to have children when the time was right. I prayed to Father in Heaven to help me know when it was time to stop my medication so our first child could be conceived. About 6 months after we were married I was driving to work and distinctly heard a voice telling me "You will have a son and his name will be Jeromy." I would like to think our son, Jeromy, born some 10 months later was that voice. And my menorrhagia stopped for all my child bearing years after.
I remember one hot summers Eve, I decided to to outside and sit and enjoy the cool night and star gaze. We live in a apartment building so people are always coming and going. Suddenly a voice prompted me. "Do not move". I glanced over my shoulder and saw a man standing on the top of the stairs that go up to the next apt building. I realized I could see him but he could not see me. He finally left and I realized that I had just heard a spiritual prompting. The spirit knew the man did not belong there and who knew what he was up to. I don't really want to know. I slipped into my apartment and thanked my Heavenly Father for the protection.
When my husband and I were on a mission in Australia, our daughter gave birth to a girl who was having severe problems. She was stressed and driving to Primary Children's Hospital when she felt her two grandmothers who had died several years before in the car comforting her. She knew everything would be all right, and that girl is now 13 years old.
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