The Power of Prayer


(From a speech, “Goals,” given March 15, 1983, at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.)

More than a hundred years ago President Brigham Young sent a family to a small, remote place in Arizona to make peace with the Indians.

The father of the family was away on Church business when an impression came to him that something was wrong at home. He headed there at once, arriving about four o’clock in the morning. He found his wife gently cradling their little baby daughter in her arms. The baby had fallen into an open fireplace and was severely burned.

The father took their infant in his arms and gave her a blessing. He promised her that she would live, that she would not be disfigured, and that she would sing before the prominent people of the world. The baby girl did live. She was not disfigured, and she grew up, raised a family, and sang in the Tabernacle Choir. The powers of heaven gave life back to that tiny child. And that sweet baby girl, who owed her life to the power of prayer, grew up and gave me life. She was my mother.

[illustration] Illustrated by Roger Motzkus