I am glad to share about an angel in my life, my sister. Monika. Being a nurse, she plays various roles- a soft and sweet one at home, a very friendly neighbour to all her acquaintances, a stalwart testimony bearer and the strong pillar of prayer in our home.
Though fearful at any first instance, she usually challenges the status quo in whatever situation she might be put in. Her courage comes from her heritage, inherited from our loving Heavenly Father, and she loves him dearly and never fails to speak to HIM every day. Still evergreen is her childhood memories wherein she has written two bags full of letters addressing Heavenly Father. Her effort to teach primary songs to kids in the hostel, her willingness to pay her tithe even without a job, and her relentlessness about acquiring a job to support our family, amazes us.
Heavenly Father blessed her with a job at Balaji Hospital. At the end of a months completion in her new job, challenges awaited her when she had inadvertently drunk some liquid chemical, assuming it to be water, which was placed on the canteen table. Though this did not impact the same day, the very next day, her voice became rough, which we thought must be due to a cold or sore throat. After a couple of days, she completely lost her voice. She could not talk anymore. Life seemed dark for her. Each passing day went by with so much grief, and sorrow questioning the brightness of her future.
The medical field could not help, and doctors assured only a 1% probability of voice restoration. Phrases such as 'Throat is swollen' and 'operation required' kept echoing in our minds. We were heartbroken and were not in a circumstance to approach anyone, even the Branch Presidency or members, for they all have done more than we needed. Shattered by this misfortune, now our only hope was the Saviour. We, as a family, fasted and prayed along with our church members.
The most beautiful thing happened; this experience brought mortal angels to surround us. We were never forgotten in the eyes of the Lord; we had seen God's hand in our lives many times, but this time we were made witnesses in front of many people. We were visited by friends and family regularly and given blessings. The priesthood blessing was very strong and inspiring. Every time I hear the blessings given to Monika, I stand amazed by the love God had for her and relate the same kind of love he would have for all of HIS children across the world.
Being led to a hospital for a check-up by a Church member, the miracle happened. The same Medical world reported no sign of any chemical in her throat; two days later, while singing hymns in our family prayer, we heard one more voice adding to us YES, HER VOICE WAS RESTORED; ALL THE GLORY TO GOD, A GREAT MIRACLE. The people who helped us were not only happy but also cried and thanked God for this great miracle.
I believe in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know what I experienced is true, and I know my God is a God of miracles. In every struggle I have been through, I have witnessed a miracle in my life. Believing and trusting God without doubts during hard times helps us see miracles. I believe in the power of the priesthood. I know that the Book of Mormon has the magic to cure anything physically, emotionally and mentally. All I wanted to do for my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ is keep the commandments they have given us and prepare myself to return to my real home and live with them. I know this is not easy, but it is possible.
I wanted to borrow the testimony of Monika to share it with you here - I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to them for restoring my voice. Book of Mormon is God's words. One day I will go and serve him and testify about him to every person with this gift of voice he has given me. I will always stand as a witness to my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I know prayers will be answered if we seek him with faith.