Following Promptings

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(This is an excerpt from the chapter "Face the Son by Following Promptings" in the book Facing the Son.)

I had just applied shampoo to my hair when the piercing rings of the smoke alarm began. I wrapped up in a towel and ran to the kitchen with soapy hair, water dripping everywhere. The screaming alarm had ceased, but I was worried nevertheless.

“I heard the noise, Mommy,” Benji, age five, said innocently as he met me in the kitchen. He reported that he had just been playing with toys and had heard the alarm. Hmm. Something seemed fishy, but I made no accusations. I instructed him to stay out of the kitchen. He went back into the playroom to resume his play and I returned to de-soap.

Well, a few minutes later, the alarm screams sounded once more. I again panicked. I wondered if my sweet Smokey the Bear was playing camping again, as he had a few days earlier with some neighbor boys and some matches or if the alarm was malfunctioning (one can always hope).

It took longer for the alarm to stop this time. Smokey explained that a box of matches had “fallen” out of the cupboard and one match had fallen out. That had made the alarm go off. I hate it when that happens.

Calmly, I asked my son to bring me the box and the match that had fallen out so unexpectedly–especially when I thought the matches were sufficiently hidden.

Later, the boys and I were in the playroom and I found a bunch of used matches behind the TV. There were also marshmallows stuck onto several of them. I’m not kidding!

“Benji, were you roasting marshmallows?”

The carpet was a bit melted in spots and there was ash on the floor. Let’s hear it for indoor camping!

Man, was I grateful for smoke alarms that day. However, the warning system that I prefer is the Spirit of the Lord. The Spirit can send us messages of warning, as well as truth, knowledge, and comfort, but his method is much softer than a smoke alarm. In order to utilize this warning system, we must tune our hearts and minds to the voice of the Holy Ghost. This type of spiritual listening is a vital component to our spiritual eyesight.

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