Never Alone
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“Never Alone,” Liahona, Apr. 2022.

Latter-day Saint Voices

Never Alone

The sick man was a stranger to me but not to Heavenly Father.

Priesthood Blessing

Composite photograph from Adobe Stock and Janae Bingham

We six Brazilian missionaries had just landed in Argentina and were awaiting flights to our missions. As soon as we entered the waiting area for our departing flights, we wanted to take photographs of the airport runway with the city in the distance. While the other five went to take pictures, I stayed nearby watching our luggage.

After they returned, I looked around and saw a place from which I wished to take a picture. “I’ll be right back,” I told the others.

After I had taken the picture, I heard someone call, “Elder.” I quickly looked around but did not see anyone. Then the call came a second time: “Elder.”

When I looked around again, I saw an old man seated on a nearby bench. When I approached him, he said, “Elder, I would like to receive a priesthood blessing for the sick.”

His request startled me. A man I had never met had asked me for a blessing on my first day in a country where I could hardly speak the language.

In fumbling Spanish, I asked him several questions: “Do you have faith? Do you believe in the power of the priesthood? Do you know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

Somewhat confused by my questions, he responded, “I am a member of the Church, Elder. I am from Salta, in the north. I am alone, I am ill, and I need a blessing.”

I went to get the other missionaries. We introduced ourselves and visited with the man for a minute. Then my companion and I took him to the restroom, where we gave him a blessing.

On that occasion, I had no time to think much about what the man had said to me other than that he needed a blessing. But later, his words “I am alone” deeply touched my heart. He felt alone, but he had a Heavenly Father who knew where he was and that he was ill. Rather than forsake him, Heavenly Father sent missionaries to comfort him, give him a blessing, and remind him that he was not alone.

That experience strengthened my testimony that we have a Heavenly Father who knows us and will never forsake us.