I Didn’t Used to Know if I Believed in God…

This topic tormented me my whole life.  I just didn’t know.  And I wanted to know.

But then I got really desperate for some hope and healing.  And so I thought I’d give God’s way a try (100%) to see what would happen (yes, I was that desperate that I was willing to go out on a limb like that.)  And well, it worked.  I was shocked, actually.  As skeptical as I was, it really, really worked.  I found myself doing things that I never thought were possible.  

(This is a short video of a father who lost most of his family in a car accident.  The outcome is miraculous.  I get what he’s talking about now.)

Do you believe in God?  Or a higher power?  What guides your life?  I’d so love to hear. 

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  1. ren July 5, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Hi mara! it's karen from singapore 🙂 love your blog! it was amazing getting to know you and danny in brazil!

    • mara July 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Hello Karen! Danny and I just LOVED meeting you and your family too. Hopefully Singapore will be in our future, someday.

      FYI – to all other readers, I posted this while on the road and it looks like I did it from Danny's account. Sorry about the confusion, and thanks for all the great comments. Love- Mara

  2. Michelle July 5, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Very cool video! What I liked most was the part when the bishop or someone said that he was always going to forgive the young man, because he had made a decision in his life long before the accident had ever happened, that this was how he would act. I think this is sooo true! I cannot foresee the tragedies and trials and difficult circumstances that I am yet to face in life, BUT I already have "set my mind on the things of heaven" and this determines my response to such events.

  3. Charlotte July 5, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I'm not sure what I believe, but I choose to guide my own life rather than putting it in the hands of another

    I think it's really nice when people have so much faith though

  4. Lottie July 5, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    that video is really moving–what a brave man and what an inspirational message.

    i believe in God and i have some sort of faith but it probably wavers too much and isn't as strong as i would like it sometimes but i suppose all faith is a work in progress.

  5. Sage July 5, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Yes. I believe in God. What a blessing to feel His love and guidance! In college I wasn't sure. But I too decided to find out by testing His promises.

    Now I always have Him to turn to. I know what He expects from me. I see the blessings He gives me and I am full of gratitude, which feels just like joy.

    And in my trials I turn to Him and I get strength to keep on doing the right thing even when I don't think I can. This makes me humble and grateful…more happy feelings even when I'm down so I don't stay down for too long.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. God loves all His children and wants everyone to know Him.

  6. Whitney July 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    My entire life I've struggled with this. As of right now, I have to say that I don't believe in God. It's a hard thing to admit in the blogging community since so many people wear their faith on their sleeve here. I totally respect that, and honestly wish I could have that faith.

  7. Lindsey July 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Oh Danny,

    I hear you and I have shared that video many times. I believe in God. I feel like I was prepared in many ways for the struggles in my life now. Not because they were predestined, but because trials are a part of each person's life and my faith is sustaining me. I really felt like God sought me instead of the other way around. And that is a miracle. I am grateful for the truth that we are free to make our own choices and so we don't actually put our lives in someone else's hands. That would be easy! But I do believe we are all looked after and God is aware of us.


  8. Tiffany July 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this.

  9. Morgan Reece July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Super uplifting. Thank you.

  10. Noor July 6, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I was raised Southern Baptist and was always regilous but as I grew I started to ask questions which was a big no no in my religion. Something I will never get. I started seeking out other religions to try a fit. I believed in something I was just not sure what. Years after my search I came across Islam and as I read it I felt very whole as if the puzzle made sense. I reverted after I studied and learned more and almost a decade later I am really at peace with my choice and my life.

  11. Anonymous July 6, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I love this post. This is something I NEED to do. Can you offer any more insight. Thank you!!!

  12. Nora July 6, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    This is such a lovely film, full of truth and love. Thank you for sharing it!

  13. Jen Berry July 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    What an incredible man. It's difficult for anyone to say what they would do in a situation until you are faced with it. I would like to think that'd I'd eventually forgive, love and accept. I respect this man for his incredible strength, kindness, love and openness. I'm not a believer, but I respect his faith. I do, however, believe that you can still forgive, have compassion and love without believing in Jesus Christ.

  14. Cassandra C. July 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I believe in God with all my heart. Growing up, I struggled quite a bit to truly trust someone I couldn't see. I read in the scriptures that we must put all our faith in Him with the knowledge that He has great plans for us and that He knows each of us personally. I didn't know if I could really believe in His existence or if I could truly hand over my heart to Him. But now that I have, I don't know what I would do without His love and guidance.

  15. Sarah Evans July 7, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    What an awesome and inspiring and humbling story.

    Thanks for sharing this – it makes you remember you believe in God.


  16. Whitney and Family July 10, 2012 at 6:59 am - Reply

    The man in this video is in my ward. He is the most amazing person and a constant teacher of love! I made a comment a while ago about our Power of Moms group discussing your Mother's Day talk…funny enough his new wife is the facilitator of our group!

  17. Stephanie July 11, 2012 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I watched this about a month ago and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. He is an amazing example of one who can truly forgive. I don't know how he does it…I am in complete awe. On another note, Ben and I stumbled upon this accident the night it took place. I haven't been the same since.

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