Inspirational Stories

I collected too many stories to put in my book and I am still collecting stories and thoughts that may be interesting for your to read. Over the years I've collected stories from my own experience or stories that people have told me, or first person accounts that have been published of miraculous answers to prayers. I wasn't able to include all of them in my book and keep a good narrative flow. I wanted my book to be something more than a collection of stories. But that meant I could not include many stories languishing in my files. I still continue to hear marvelous stories from others. To me that means there are many stories buried in the memories of many people all around us. I hope to tell some of those stories here.

Our Christmas Angels

By Stephen M. Bird | December 15, 2012

I will never forget that moment when I knew a speeding truck was going to hit us on my side of the car. During the Christmas season of 1969, while serving an LDS mission in Bakersfield, California, I vividly remember riding in the front passenger seat while a new, inexperienced missionary, Elder Fodness drove. Elder Timms, a Teacher-Leader rode with his companion in the back seat.

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Miracle Meal for 600 Unexpected Guests

By Stephen M. Bird | May 12, 2012

During a famine, a widow with just enough meal and oil for one last meal “did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15-16).

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An Honored and Invited Guest

By Naida Stephens Tims as retold by Stephen M. Bird

“My marriage was over,” wrote Naida Tims. She been married in the temple twenty years earlier and had four children, but she felt she could no longer live with the strife and contention in her marriage so she met with a lawyer.

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The Miracle Garden

By James Maybury as told to Stephen M. Bird

George Bailey was just beginning to recover and get back on his feet when his wife told him they had no food to eat. Their own garden had been picked clean. The ground had been carefully spaded to remove every possible potato, carrot or onion. The pea vines had been checked many times, but not a single pod was to be found on the vines. Their cupboards were absolutely bare, except for a small chunk of butter and some salt and pepper. His wife wept because they had no food.

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Prayer Turned Our Marriage Around

By Stephen M. Bird | September 28,2011

One night, in response to prayer, the Lord blessed me with a greater understanding than I had ever known. I had never been a listener in our family. It just wasn’t part of my nature. My new perspective was granted in February of 1982. I was a new graduate student at Brigham Young University pursuing a master's degree in counseling. My wife and I had been married for seven years, and we lived in a tiny trailer with our three children. I felt burdened by schoolwork and school loans. I also felt a rising resentment toward my lovely wife because I thought she was failing in her homemaking responsibilities. I voiced my disappointment freely, but though I didn't know it, my faultfinding was driving a big wedge between us.

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