September 28, 2014
I drove myself to church today. Keith had about 6 hours of meetings with a Stake President and a Bishop, and we still have an Elder recuperating at our home. So I did not go with him and was going to get myself to church.
We have gone to this church about 3 times. However, I have never driven there but had always been a passenger. In my mind I could see most of the turns. It is about a 15 minute drive through twisty roads.
Just as I was preparing to leave, I spotted my phone on the table. As I went to pick it up, I remembered I hadn’t prayed, so I did that, and went to the car. I made the first few turns correctly, but as I approached the final turn to the church, the big landmark (a billboard) was not the same. I also couldn’t see the church through a parking lot like we usually can. And so I drove on – but knew almost immediately that I had missed it. It was a one way road so there was no turning back. I drove for several blocks and turned right on the first semi-big road I could. I reached for my phone so I could use google maps but I had forgotten to pick it up after the prayer. I started to talk to Heavenly Father! I hoped that I could make a square and find myself so I took the next right turn. Almost immediately I was on dirt roads that were very narrow and filled with small houses. I was in a little Puebla. I carefully maneuvered around holes and people and tried another right. I knew I should turn around immediately, which I did. I continued down this small street as it weaved back and forth and finally saw a tower of a Catholic Church that looked familiar. I drove towards it and was out of my confusing little area in a few more minutes. Once at the Catholic Church, I could find my way back to our church.
I sat in Sacrament Meeting and thanked my Heavenly Father for getting me through that situation. I almost wondered if I was supposed to forget my phone – maybe pulling over would not have been a good idea!