The Faith of a Child

The Faith of a Child

From Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul

The Faith of a Child

Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation.

D&C 89:4

Having been raised in a home with an alcoholic, I saw firsthand the problems alcohol can cause in a family. My father was a minister and never apologized for his drinking. In fact, some of his best drinking buddies were members of our own congregation. My parents divorced when I was just seven, and my father met his next wife in a bar. My father died before his fifty-second birthday from complications related to his drinking, and I wondered if there was any group of people that didn’t believe in drinking alcohol.

My daughter and I were introduced to the gospel by a neighbor in 1978. One of the things that attracted me to the Church was the Word of Wisdom. I lived next door to my bishop and knew that he not only professed to live the Word of Wisdom, but he really did live it.

As we listened to the missionary discussions, I had a strong impression that we were where we needed to be— and, more specifically, that I was being given this opportunity so that my daughter would be raised in the gospel. At the time it wasn’t so much about me as it was about her. The gospel came so easily to her, and it seemed apparent that she was one of those choice spirits reserved for these latter days.

All these feelings were confirmed as time went on. She couldn’t wait to go to Young Women. She faithfully attended seminary every day. She received good grades in school, and we often referred to her as our “perfect child.” She was a wonderful example in every way, and while I had thought I was there to teach her, she was always teaching me.

Because she was totally immersed in school and Church activities, we bought her a used Ford Mustang. We trusted her to give rides to friends once she had some practical driving experience, but we learned that even if you’re responsible, there simply are things you can’t foresee happening.

One night she pulled onto an ice-covered driveway to pick up a friend. She left the car running and waited, but the girl didn’t come out. She finally got out of the car to go up to the door, but as she did, she fell, and one leg went under the car. The car began to slip on the ice and rolled over her leg. She wasn’t hurt—and, in fact, was able to get back in the car and drive home.

When she arrived home and told us what happened, I marveled at how she hadn’t been hurt—or killed. She said, “Mom, it’s because I obey the Word of Wisdom.” Her words were spoken with such complete faith. Whatever reason she had been preserved, she knew the Lord was watching over her. She understood the principle and the promise.

The Word of Wisdom has been a definite blessing in our lives. There was never a moment’s worry about our daughter drinking and driving; never the concern of her drinking and losing the ability to make the right decisions. Our daughter knew from an early age that if she was faithful, the Lord would protect her. And He did.

Joyce Moseley Pierce

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