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"For each of us, the tests of life come in different forms. But struggles are a part of the Lord’s plan... None of us have lives that are ideal. But through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can find true joy and peace even when our situation isn’t ideal."

August 2, 2017
Writer: Brandon Isle

On August 1, 2017, Sister Danae Romrell spoke during the BYU-Idaho Devotional about faith and the Lord directing our paths.

She shared a story about an answer she received from God while driving to the Oakland Temple one day. She was feeling discouraged that she hadn't had the opportunity to be married yet. While praying and pondering, she heard a song with the words from Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths." She said that scripture has become an important beacon for her in her life. 

"As I heard those words in the song, I knew they were a direct answer to my prayer," she said. "I felt a little like Joseph Smith when he said, 'Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.' I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and understood that the Lord was telling me to trust Him. That He had a plan for me. That I would be happy and have joy in this life if I trusted in the Lord and His timing. I needed to allow the Lord to direct my path."

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, she said the scripture continues to help her in her life, "That was my first time having an experience with that scripture, and there've been other times later as that scripture comes back to my mind as I remember the importance of trusting in the Lord and letting the Lord direct my paths."

Sister Romrell used the scripture to outline the rest of her talk. She shared four principles: trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

She shared scriptures, stories, and quotes from general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to expound on the principles. One story was about a time she was visiting Rome with a friend. They had spent the day touring the city and were on their way to their hotel when they got lost. Sister Romrell said a prayer and soon saw two sister missionaries who both spoke English. The sisters were in a bit of trouble too. They had noticed a man following them even when they tried to lose him. They had also just said a prayer before seeing Sister Romrell.

"I love this experience because the Lord literally directed our path," she said. "Quite literally."

The sisters were able to show Sister Romrell and her friend where their hotel was and the man stopped following the sister missionaries when the four of them were together.

"The Lord will direct our path to help us avoid danger," she said. "He helped us avoid the danger of being lost at night in a foreign country. He helped the sister missionaries avoid the danger posed by the unwelcome attention of the man following them. The Lord can help us avoid physical dangers and spiritual dangers and he directs our paths."

You can listen to her full devotional talk below.