One of my favorite moments of Time Out for Women in Cincinnati happened when it was all over. And I mean all over – not just a few minutes after the event ended – it happened Sunday morning as we were taking a taxi to the airport to go home.
I loaded into a taxi with Christy from Deseret Book. She helps run the bookstore at the event. As we rode for the first couple miles, we talked about the event. During a break in our conversation, the taxi driver – Angela – asked what kind of convention we had attended over the weekend. Christy did a great job of summing up Time Out for Women. I followed by telling Angela that TOFW was for women of any faith but was mostly attended by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Then I said, “You might know us as the Mormons.”
She quickly replied, “I’m a Mormon! But I don’t go to church much any more.”
Angela told us she joined the Church when she was 16 years old and had gone to church with her friend for a couple years. They even did baptisms for the dead in the Chicago Temple. But she hadn’t been to church recently.
I encouraged her to come back and assured her that she would be welcomed with open arms and going back to church would be a blessing to her family. Then I pulled out a copy of my Every Step CD, signed it and gave it to her. She seemed genuinely happy to receive it.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon…at home in my kitchen…
I receive a text from another member of the TOFW team, Chrislyn. She is the Director of TOFW. She also took a taxi to the airport, but her flight was a few hours later than mine. Guess who the taxi driver was? Angela!
Chrislyn said my CD was playing in the taxi! Angela told Chrislyn that “she had driven Ms. Weeks to the airport and was touched that Ms. Weeks had given her a CD.” Chrislyn gave Angela her email address and told her she had a friend and could reach out any time!
I believe Heavenly Father wants Angela to come back to church and feel His love. I believe He allowed us to ride with Angela and encourage her to return. I believe both taxi rides happened for a reason. I believe the Lord orchestrates miracles everyday.
Blog to you soon,