“Dating Dilemma,” New Era, Oct. 2004, 49
I met him at school when I was 17. He was funny, smart, and really cute, but best of all he was spiritual. We quickly became great friends.
We started dating, always going in groups and keeping it casual. It was fun being with him, and he made me want to be a better person. Although we were never seriously dating, I started to wonder what my Heavenly Father thought about all the time and energy I was putting into this relationship.
I decided to fast and pray about it. I was surprised at how quickly the answer came. I felt the promptings of the Spirit telling me the opposite of what I’d hoped to hear. I knew that I needed to stop spending so much time with my friend, but I wasn’t exactly sure why. Despite my doubts, I wanted to follow what my Heavenly Father had in mind for me. It was hard to tell my friend that I couldn’t see him so often, but I knew it was the right thing to do.
I learned that answers do come through prayer and fasting, and that even when I don’t know why the Lord guides me in a certain direction, I can trust His wisdom. He has prepared a plan for me, and I am happiest when I follow His will.