Wright Words: Icy mountain road teaches the best answer to prayer is often ‘no’

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  • spydyee Asheville, NC
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:24 a.m.

    God always answers our prayers. However, sometimes the answer is a resounding NO!

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Jan. 14, 2014 9:45 p.m.

    Not so much of a "no" as a "not in this way"…but yes. Sometimes "no" is the right answer.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Not sure what you're trying to say.... You're saying that the answer was NO, you shouldn't have gone to had a nice visit with this lovely couple?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 9, 2014 8:37 a.m.


    Inspiration to walk up an icy and snowy road instead of driving it after he tried to make it up but couldn't? Unlikely. I'm sure people have done that many times without having to pray about it.

    His story exudes story stretching, over exaggeration, and lack of common sense. You could use the same logic with every little thing that happens in your life. I prayed to be safe while traveling, and I was safe - therefore god helped me to be safe. Meanwhile a family who prays to be safe, but does not end up being safe... what then?

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    Whether or not the author would have made it without prayer is not the real issue. He knows that he has a caring and loving Heavenly Father who takes care of him. Sometimes common sense comes as an answer to prayer. To me, it is not common sense to walk up to a house in the ice and snow, but rather inspiration. He could have just gotten in his car and told himself that he gave it the best try he could. But instead, he decided to walk up the road only to find that he could not have driven it anyway. His story exudes faith, courage and trust in God. God did help him when there was no other way for him to fulfill his mission.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    And then there is the now-mythic story of the LDS prophet who, with his companion, found themselves in a foundering boat. The companion asked, "Should we pray?" To which the prophet answered, "I prayed this morning. Now is the time to bail water."

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    That wasn't a prayer that told you not to continue, that was common sense. It happens millions of times a day to people without prayer.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    "No" can be really hard to take, and sometimes many years go by before you know why. I have found it is worth the wait, and always with my best interest in mind.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    I don't know if prayer had ant thing to do with how much effort you was willing to put in to the gift. Sounds like your a really good guy to make the effort.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Great story!

    Maybe to expand the answer to the prayer... "No... not with your car. But, yes, with your feet!"

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    Wow! I'm impressed you even tried!! Plus the driving skills are something I never heard of in your description of your attempts to get up the hill. But then I live in the Seattle area where an inch of snow can shut us down and few of us even try in freezing rain. I reread your description picturing myself trying that and then realized there is no need to commit it to memory, I would never try it!!!! Thank you for the inspiring story :)

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Answers to prayers can come in different forms, too. Like the time my 3 year-old son answered my prayer as we were sliding down an icy mountain road, sliding for a drop-off of several hundred feet, with nothing to stop us. He said from the back seat in a firm voice: "Put the car in reverse, Mom." So shocked at what was happening, I did not hesitate, and the car came to a dead halt. We continued to limp down the mountain, first in drive, then in reverse, until we got to a safe place. I pulled over and asked my son how he knew to say that. His simple childlike answer was: "Heavenly Father told me. We couldn't die, Mom. You need to be a mom, and I need to be a missionary." And he was and much more. And no problems with the car, either!