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I’ve often asked myself the question, “Does God really care about the things I care about?” In this episode Sara powerfully testifies that she has seen Christ in her life and shares how He has shown He sincerely cares about her desires, big and small. Her stories reveal how God’s love manifests in both monumental events and the small, reassuring signs we might overlook. Join us for a touching episode, filled with testimonies that remind us of Heavenly Father and our Savior’s unwavering support and care, often arriving just when we need it most.

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Speaker 1 (00:06):
Hello everyone and welcome to.
More Than Coincidence,remembering Jesus Christ in your
Story as the author andfinisher of our faith, our
Savior writes personalexperiences into each of our
lives which can later strengthen, empower and bring us peace
upon reflection.
This podcast is dedicated tosharing these anchoring memories

(00:26):
from everyone's unique storiesin order to collectively
remember and testify of thereality of Jesus Christ and his
presence in our lives.
I'm your host, lily, and I'mvery excited to share these
experiences together.
Good evening everybody.
Welcome to the podcast.
Today we have Sarah.
How are you, sarah?
I'm good.
How are you doing?

(00:46):
Fantastic.
It's been really nice catchingup and sitting and chatting for
a little bit.

Speaker 2 (00:50):
It's actually been awesome.

Speaker 1 (00:56):
Right.

Speaker 2 (00:56):
So, sarah, will you introduce yourself a little bit?
Yeah, so I'm a stay-at-home mom, married, coming up on seven
years.
Congratulations, thank you.
It's been an awesome ride.
And yeah, we have two kids andtwo boys, so you know boy mom.

(01:16):
Yep, a little about me.
I did a lot of singing groupsgrowing up, sweet yeah, so less
so lately, but I still love it.
I'm in the middle of a pianorenovation project, but that's

(01:36):
also been going on for nearly ayear.
So we'll see how I am.

Speaker 1 (01:40):
We'll see what process I'm in about a year from
now I feel like renovating apiano would take about a year.

Speaker 2 (01:45):
I feel like that sounds about right yeah, it's
more that I keep looking at itand thinking I'm gonna get to it
eventually and then I justdon't.
Um, life gets busy, yeah, um, Ihave started doing a little bit
of freelance editing.
So I'm editing a book for afriend and I'm about halfway

(02:09):
through what she has availableright now.

Speaker 1 (02:13):
Oh, that's cool.

Speaker 2 (02:15):
So yeah, you got a lot of stuff.

Speaker 1 (02:18):
That's really interesting.

Speaker 2 (02:20):
Yeah, thank you Interesting.
Yeah, thank you.

Speaker 1 (02:23):
Well, I'm really happy that you said yes to come
on to the podcast.
I've been really excited tointerview you, so I'll just ask
you the question, sarah whatmemories do you have in your
life that you reflect on, thatprick your heart in remembrance
of our Savior Jesus Christ?

Speaker 2 (02:39):
Yeah, um, the the ones that I was thinking about
leading up to this were, uh twoevents that happened within a
month, uh, where we were gettingready.
So this was uh back in decemberalso recently yeah, yeah and uh

(03:01):
, we were getting ready to uh gosee my family for Christmas.
They live, we live out of state,not them, because we moved away
, we live out of state from themand we are going to go visit
them.
And the day before we weresupposed to leave, we had packed

(03:22):
everything up, we had done abunch of laundry and cleaning
and, uh, we were I think it wasabout midnight, uh, wrapping up,
getting ready to go to bed, so,uh, so we could head out early
in the morning, uh, and then we,uh, we heard my almost

(03:45):
four-year-old who he wasscreaming in the middle of the
night, which is very odd for him, and so we went in there and he
had thrown up and, um, we were,uh, you know, hectic because
our plans suddenly changed,where we wouldn't be able to go
early in the morning to visit myfamily, right?

(04:07):
So we were rushing to get himcleaned up and back in bed and
an hour later, our one and ahalf year old he wakes up and is
just screaming, and we hadnoticed, by the way, that my
almost four-year-old had a fevertoo.
They were definitely sick,definitely sick.

(04:28):
So I went in to help ouryoungest and he's just screaming
.
And then I realized he feelsjust as clammy as our other son
did, and I start panicking likeno, we can't have two kids sick.
This is really bad.
And so I asked my husband togive him a blessing, and he had

(04:53):
also given our other son ablessing to get him to calm down
and be able to go back to sleepand hopefully start healing,
right?
So then he gives the blessing toour youngest, and he was just
fighting and screaming andtrying to get my husband's hands
off him, but as soon as theanointing part ended he just

(05:16):
went quiet and my husbandcontinued with the rest of the
blessing and he was just calm,continued with the rest of the
blessing and he was just calmand when the blessing ended I
remember feeling his foreheadand he felt completely normal,
wow, as if he hadn't been sickat all to begin with yeah and

(05:37):
then we were able to put himstraight in bed and he was fine
and slept through the night.
As soon as I had realized thatour kids were getting sick, I
had just started breaking downbecause I was looking forward to
seeing my family and I just wasso sad that we wouldn't get to
be there with them for Christmas.

(05:58):
And so then, my husband Kenton,he gave me a blessing too.
So then, my husband Kenton, hegave me a blessing too, and it
was one of comfort rather thanhealing, because I wasn't sick
at that point.
So then we went to bed and wokeup in the morning.

(06:19):
We had told my parents what washappening, and so we had to
postpone.
At least two days was our plan.
But in the morning my husbandstarted to feel sick too and we
were getting really nervousbecause that would push back the
timeline even more, right?
And so he asked a friend for ablessing, and in the blessing it

(06:44):
said that he would be healedsufficiently for the trip.
Right?
So we waited the two days, andthere were no more bouts of
illness in that whole span.
Wow, the kids were completelyfine, completely fine, and
Kenton had healed enough that hewas able to function normally.

Speaker 1 (07:12):
Can you drive?
Yeah, yeah exactly.

Speaker 2 (07:16):
He felt tired and lethargic and like weak in the
muscles, but other than that hewas fine and we were able to
make the drive, and that itselffelt like a miracle, because I
mean, we've been sick so manytimes since then this year and,
uh, and every time it's been atleast a week at least in the

(07:37):
house always right, um, and thiswas two days, yeah, and so in.
In that instance it was just uhlike wow, that was really cool,
that it was an answer to ourprayers and, uh, the blessing.
But then on the drive back wehad another experience that hit
home even harder, where we werein a canyon and I was the one

(08:02):
driving and and I started to getreally tired and everyone else
had fallen asleep.
We didn't have any musicplaying and I was listening to
an audiobook, but we had turneddown the volume a little bit so
that it wouldn't wake up thekids, right, and we had the
heater going because it was coldoutside you were nice and nice

(08:23):
and comfy.

Speaker 1 (08:24):
It was a perfect storm.
Yeah.

Speaker 2 (08:26):
And because of being in a canyon, it was winding back
and forth which was alsolulling me to sleep and I kept
catching myself where I wouldstart to feel tired and I would
like shake myself awake.
And getting toward the end ofthe canyon, I actually did fall
asleep and it was only for asecond or two, but it was enough

(08:51):
that the car hit the siderailing on the passenger side
Right.
My husband shot awake andstarted yelling and kids started
screaming and crying Right.
And the miracle there was that,even though we hit the side, we
were able to keep driving Rightand we got out of the canyon,

(09:15):
stopped and looked at it.
There was no damage except forjust external, like little
scrapes on the sides damageexcept for just external, like
little scrapes on the sides.
Yeah, there was a dent alongthe side, but not enough to do
internal damage or structuraldamage right.
And the crazy part is thatthere were so many curves in

(09:35):
that canyon that for for it tohappen where it didn't hit the
front of the car at all and haveus like, go over the edge right
or hit the canyon wall andwe're coming to oncoming traffic
oncoming traffic too, becausethere were cars coming yeah the.
The fact that it just happenedto hit on that one side with no

(09:57):
other damage and no injuries wasincredible, and I just feel
like that was God's hand in thatmoment, because I imagined so
many ways that that could havegone wrong and it didn't and it
should have.
Because I even remember, when Iwas shaking myself awake before

(10:22):
that happened, that we would belike flying toward the uh, the
canyon wall, and then I wouldlike shake myself awake and turn
in time to to make the turn andlike it was scary and I should
have.
You know, I should have wokenup my husband, but I just was
trying to be the nice wife thatyou know lets everyone sleep

(10:42):
Right Should have been the meanwife in that moment.
Moral of the story I know Be themean wife Be the mean wife in a
car trip, but no, it was scary.
And then we also found outlater, when we got the the car

(11:04):
fixed, they had to replace thedoor both doors actually and
because it didn't hit the frontpanel, they uh, they did have to
check it just in case, so likethey looked underneath right and
took off the front panel justto check on things, right, but
they didn't have to replaceanything for that.

(11:25):
But what they saw was thatthere was uh previous damage
right in that spot, in thatfront corner, that it could have
hit right, that if we hadgotten hit there it's supposed
to be structural support thatprevents uh internal damage to
the the car and uh prevents uhinjury to the people inside.

Speaker 1 (11:53):
Yeah, and it was completely crushed and so, um,
there, was you got hit there,you guys would have been damaged
.

Speaker 2 (12:00):
We probably not only the car, but us, yeah, we would
have at least been injured, yeah.
If not more than that, and justthe combination of the two
makes it feel like Like it Idon't have another way to

(12:20):
describe it it was just God'shand.
Yeah, there's no way that twocoincidences like that could
have happened of of theimmediate healing in our family
and and our survival Rightfamily and and our uh survival

(12:44):
right the lord is definitelythere watching over you guys
yeahsarah will go on this trip and
she will make it home, yeah nowell, uh, we also had on the
drive down there, uh, to visitfamily.
We had heard about a youngfamily who had just died in a

(13:06):
car accident on their drive fromUtah to Arizona.
That's where we were drivingfrom right.
They were fairly newlywed andthey were actually driving down
to announce pregnancy, no way,and they had died, or the wife
and her child had died in thecar crash and the husband I

(13:30):
don't remember if he had passed,but he had a lot of injuries.
He might have passed away Right,and my dad had been really
nervous about it all and wastelling us be very, very careful
in this drive and was prayingfor us and telling us just, you
know all the cautions anddespite being in a situation

(13:54):
where we should not havesurvived, we somehow did.

Speaker 1 (13:57):
Right.

Speaker 2 (13:59):
And yeah, I can't say that it wasn't God.

Speaker 1 (14:05):
Yeah, and isn't that going to be so cool.
Where you have that, you havethe chance to think about it now
and just be in awe andamazement.
But then, even in the future,when you know you have other
things happening or you can, youcan bear witness and bear
testimony to your children or tofriends or to family or whoever
like.
I've seen this, I've seenmiraculous healings, I've seen

(14:30):
that the Lord will keep us safe.
Yeah, right, I think that thatis very special, to be able to
bear witness to that.
Yeah, were there any other?
Any other stories or thoughtsthat you want to share?

Speaker 2 (14:45):
I mean other than that.
It's that if I have had othermiracles in my life, none have
stood out as much to me.

Speaker 1 (14:54):
Do you feel like you needed this miracle?

Speaker 2 (14:56):
No, kenton says he not necessarily needed it like
he, he didn't need to get in acar crash.
You know, but no one needs that.
No, no one had sick kids.

Speaker 1 (15:12):
No one needs to have to have a near-death experience
no, but to him it was like awake up.

Speaker 2 (15:18):
That was heavenly father, just giving him that,
like, not just a reminder, butlike a shake, yeah, like shaking
his shoulders and saying youknow, I'm here, I haven't
forgotten you, don't forget meRight.

Speaker 1 (15:37):
It reminds me of you know, when you have your baby
and you have them up and thenyou like pretend to drop them
and for a split second, they'relike but then you catch them
Right and the baby kind of likegoes stiff, yeah, but then
they're happy because you'resmiling, and they're smiling and
you're like, ha ha, see, I'mjust letting you feel like
you're falling, but I have you.

Speaker 2 (15:57):
Right.

Speaker 1 (15:58):
Yeah.

Speaker 2 (16:08):
So maybe it was a little Heavenly father giving,
giving you guys a little.
That's a little bit of that,just what it reminded me of.
Yeah, there I I don't feel likethis is as it.
For me it was a big thing whenI was a kid, but I mean, for
kids, little things are bigthings.
But I do remember the firsttime that I relied on the spirit
and I received help, just areally simple thing.

(16:34):
I was in school taking a testand I couldn't remember the
answers and I just completelyblanked and that had never
happened to me yeah, and I wasfreaking out.
And then I remembered a primaryhymn, the.

(16:55):
The lyrics just hum yourfavorite hymn, hum your favorite
hymn.
Hum your favorite hymn.
Sing out with vigor and vim andyou will find it clears your
mind.
Hum your favorite hymn, so Idid.
I hummed to myself the.
Whenever I hear the song of abird, look at the blue blue sky,
yeah.
And so I hummed that to myself,just in my head.

(17:18):
Yeah, and immediately I feltcalm and I could remember
everything.
Wow and um, got through thetest, no problem, right and um.
I think that was the first timethat I felt my testimony
strengthened, knowing thatHeavenly Father was there and

(17:40):
would help me.
Such a simple moment, but itjust, it's always stuck with me.
The small and simple things arewhat we can rely on, and God

(18:01):
cares about all of our moments.
He cares about all of thethings in our lives, from a test
as a third grader to wanting tospend time with family in the
holidays or making it home tocontinue your life with your

(18:26):
family.
And it just, it just isincredible to me that that, not
not just that God exists.
I've, I've honestly neverquestioned that he's there, but
that he loves us so, so much tobe there for all of it, to help

(18:52):
us through all of it, that hereally is the perfect parent
right?

Speaker 1 (19:00):
well, and as you're talking, it reminded me of the
conference talk that was justgiven about what?
What was it?
The, the rays and the beams, orsomething like that where he
specifically was saying you know, to those who feel like god's
not there or they aren'texperiencing big things, god
gives little rays of lightrather than a giant pillar, or

(19:21):
maybe it was like rays andpillars or something like that,
and I feel like what you'veshared tonight is a testament to
that it's.
You've had this pillar of lightof I saved your life.
We are eternally grateful andthen the smaller one of my gosh.
I just really want to pass thistest.
And so the fact that he gave youthat ray and he gave you that

(19:45):
pillar and I think you know,sometimes in our lives maybe we
still won't get that pillar, butI think the fact that you are
testifying that you have seenthese rays, right, but the fact
is he's there and he's giving usthose things in the ways that
we need to receive them he, hetouched your heart in only a way

(20:08):
that could touch Sarah, right?
So I think that that is isbeautiful, is absolutely
beautiful.
So thank you for sharing that.
Um, if there are no otherthoughts.
Would you mind leaving us witha testimony?

Speaker 2 (20:25):
Yeah, I just I know that that Heavenly Father is
that he's going to be there, hasbeen there through everything,

(20:47):
and that he will provide us withthe help we need, but also be
there when we don't really knowthat we need it, and that he'll
sometimes just wait for us toask, but other times he'll be

(21:12):
there before, and I'veexperienced both.
He's a God of love and Icouldn't be more grateful for
him.

Speaker 1 (21:28):
Wonderful.
Thank you, Sarah, for sharingyour testimony with us.
I appreciate you coming.
Thanks again for tuning in toMore Than Coincidence,
remembering Jesus Christ in yourstory.
Please follow us on socialmedia or share us with a friend.
If you have an experience you'dlike to share, feel free to
reach out tomorethancoincidencerememberhim

(21:51):
at gmailcom.
I can't wait to hear all of theamazing memories you all have
of our Savior.
See you next time.
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