Vai's View: How prayers were answered and missionary opportunities granted for 'Filipino Night'

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    May 24, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    You're a great writer, Vai, and an even better example. Thanks for sharing and prodding us on.

    @Free Agency: if what Joseph Smith taught is correct, we are often watched over by our deceased ancestors on assignment from our Heavenly Father. They love us, care about us, and want us to succeed in our mortal estate. I believe they will help us even if we attribute their help to magnetic alignment, the flying spaghetti monster, or whatever, because they really do love us. It is very real, as you have experienced. Think how much more effective it could be if you were to test the theory that it is really happening under the direction of our Heavenly Father, and if you were to petition Him for more specific guidance on how He would have you live and what He would like you to accomplish with your life.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    May 19, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    It's all good. Enjoyed the article. Welcome back!

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 19, 2014 12:36 p.m.


    The comment free agency made may not be more believable, but it no less than equally believable.

  • Snarrbucks New Bloomfield, mo
    May 17, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    So glad you are back!

  • Beast of the East Philadelphia, PA
    May 16, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    Crimendelsiglo - if his bio at the end of the column isnt enough, youtube or google him with Jose Canseco. That might help offer how strangely unique he is. You know any stake presidents whose on YouTube knocking out a guy 60 lbs heavier, half a foot taller, younger & a world class athlete? Then, writes poetic prose? If you still have friends in Willingboro, ask them. Dude is universally loved by everyone in Philly. And respected. He could run for mayor as a Republican (don't know if he is) and he'd win by a landslide in a heavily D city.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    May 16, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    As a father of a sister missionary serving in the Philippines, and having served a few Filipino's during my mission in Japan 30 years ago I can testify of the special nature of the Filipino people. Thank you, Vai.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    @free agency

    "And, I venture to say, it's just as believable as the narratives which religions present." Or said another way, not any more believable than the narratives which religion presents.

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:37 a.m.


    I don't at all dismiss the idea of the supernatural helping out. I deeply believe in that.

    But I believe it in the sense that the supernatural (or as I said, "The Source") set Its help up in such a way that we can use our thoughts to create, via magnetic attraction, the kind of life we desire.

    Other people believe results come from prayer. My point was that people of different beliefs and paths all have access to this same phenomenon in their own way.

    BTW, these attraction-thoughts aren't created by my body but by my Source-given spirit. It's as much a spiritual experience (since it affirms Life) as religious people have. And, I venture to say, it's just as believable as the narratives which religions present.

  • crimendelsiglo Spanish Fork, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    i don't still know who Vai is; i'll look him up later

    but what a writer ! i've seen his name here for a while but never selected one of his stories. i think i missed a lot. this short story is so well developed and delivered. thnx

    i used to teach at willingboro in the 70's: buckingham park school
    as a native californian, a true angelino (born at Queen of the Angeles, downtown LA,) i really enjoyed living in and exploring new jersey and the east coast for 3years. i didn't think i'd ever hear anything abt willingboro again. i have even forgotten where the closest LDS church was, and the one in philadelphia -- tiny tiny. i hope there are more LDS now

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    free agency - You dismiss the idea of the supernatural helping out but believe that when I think something my body creates is magnetized towards the exact object I want and somehow the inanimate object becomes magnetized towards me? Yep, that's more believable

  • TrueBlue1897 Cheney, WA
    May 16, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    I am so grateful for your column. I really want to do member missionary work but I am like a bull in a china shop. Your example speaks volumes on how missionary work should be done. If a serving Stake President and a news anchor and a good husband and father can find time to be a bird dog for the missionaries; anyone can. I have always looked forward to your column. As a trained newspaper journalist (BYU 1978 graduate), I also appreciate your word craft. You could keep and collet all these columns and place them in a book for sale at Deseret Book and divide it in chapters based on each phase of your life. I hope that you will follow through on this some time in your life.
    Yours truly,
    Kenneth M. Johansen

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    The incident Val describes--of having just the right people cross his path, after praying to God to make that happen--isn't unique to religious people. The Law of Attraction works the same way.

    The idea is that we attract the things we focus our thoughts on. It doesn't involve praying to God, though we can believe in God (or "The Source"). It involves magnetic energy. I've used it many times in my life, and it always works.

    Once I needed to find a used Volvo, to replace my older one. For some reason, I decided it had to be Navy Blue. I couldn't find one anywhere, not even online--even though I allowed a span of 1000 miles in which to find it.

    I was ready to give up and settle for one I didn't want. Then I said, whoa! If the Law of Attraction really works, I've got to apply it unconditionally, not just when it seems do-able.

    Within three days, the perfect Navy Blue Volvo turned up five miles from where I lived. So even people who aren't religious have access to experiences like Val's--and mine.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    May 16, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Vai Returns!

    You are the best writer the Deseret News has. Please keep writing!

    Utah has become a bit fake over the years and it is always refreshing to have someone show us the way again. Actually, more Utah Mormons should try living away from Utah for awhile. Then they can come back to Utah later and really appreciate how awesome it is.

    Your stories of living the Gospel are awesome. Keep it up!

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    May 16, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    Vai has an amazing gift to connect with all kinds. A wonderful writer who is able pass along the gospel without being arrogant.
    I think Stake President is the beginning for Vai not the end of his callings. If there were ever to be a guy I'd love to hear at General Conference it's him. Thanks for making my day brother !!

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    May 16, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Thanks, Vai. Rob here.

  • jamsenior SANTAQUIN, UT
    May 15, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    Thanks Vai for your example!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 15, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    Stuff happens.

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    May 15, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    As a Mom with a daughter serving a mission in the Philippines this column was wonderful to read. What an amazing example to all of us to OYM (Open Your Mouth) and share the restored gospel!

  • OutSide-LookingIn Provo, UT
    May 15, 2014 9:27 p.m.


    What a cliff-hanger...

    I remember being a missionary and having similar weekly discussions. I miss them and they were 35 years ago. I have had discussions in my home many times since and The spirit of God can't be any stronger than at these special times.

    I need to find some people to have these types of discussions in my home in Provo.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2014 3:29 p.m.


    Thank you so much for your honest description of your feelings about working with missionaries. It is good to hear someone of your stature in the Church express the same feelings we all feel at times when trying to do our part in the missionary effort. It was also very inspiring to read about your wonderful experience with the Stewarts. I hope and pray to have similar experiences in the future. I have had a few in the past, but it has been a while so I am probably overdue.