The Parable of the Anthill and the Cell Phone

    “The Parable of the Anthill and the Cell Phone,” Friend, Nov. 2011, 27

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    The Parable of the Anthill and the Cell Phone

    From an interview with Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy; by Lindsay Stevens

    Elder Joseph W. Sitati

    The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith (D&C 42:14).

    Some years ago, I was traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with other Church leaders. We had been driving in complete wilderness when we suddenly hit a big bump in the road. Our driver struggled to steady the truck, but it landed on its side.

    After we pulled ourselves from the wrecked truck, we said a prayer of gratefulness that no one was seriously injured. Then we set out on foot to find help. We came to a small village and explained our predicament. The villagers told us that sometimes it was possible to make a call on a cell phone by climbing one of the tall anthills nearby.

    We climbed one of the anthills, but there was no signal. We tried again with the same result. Finally, on the eighth or ninth anthill, we were able to detect a small signal by raising the cell phone high in the air. We were able to get help.

    The Savior promised, “Whatsoever things ye shall ask the Father in my name shall be given unto you. Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (3 Nephi 27:28–29).

    The Holy Ghost is available to us all the time, but we must work to feel His guidance. Often as we seek the Spirit, the Lord allows us to develop our faith by not giving us an answer until we have shown our real intent. Just as I had to go to a higher place to get a cell-phone signal, we must place ourselves in the right environment to feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost. When we do what the Lord asks of us, we can gain His help through the Holy Ghost.

    Illustration by Dan Burr