Prayer at the Start Gate

    “Prayer at the Start Gate,” Friend, December 2017

    Prayer at the Start Gate

    Prayer at the Start Gate

    Illustration by Kory Heinzen

    It was a cold day, and I was scared. I shook hard in my speed suit. It was my first ski race since I had been injured. The course was a long blur of blue and red gates. My coach skied by me.

    “Noah, are you OK?” she asked.

    “Yes,” I said, but I was actually scared out of my skin!

    It was time for me to be at the start gate. Oh no! I thought as I skied down to the start gate. But then I remembered something I had learned in Primary: I can pray anytime, anywhere.

    So I prayed, Heavenly Father, please help me to be safe and do well. Right then, I pushed out of the start.

    What came next was natural instinct. Left, then right, gate after gate, for what felt like days until I finally crossed the finish line. Boy, I was slow! I thought. But I looked at the timer. I was 12th in my category!

    “That was so good!” Mom said.

    During the excitement, I silently thanked my Heavenly Father for answering my prayer.