Trust in the
Marion G. Romney
(Excerpts from the Ensign, Nov. 1977, page 42)
mission presidents’ seminar last June, Elder Thomas S. Monson told of
the great faith and trust in the Lord of Randall Ellsworth, a missionary
who, in Brother Monson’s words, “was crushed under that devastating
earthquake in Guatemala, pinned for, I think, twelve hours. Found himself
totally paralyzed from the waist down. Kidney functions, not present. No
hope to ever walk again. . . .
flown to . . . Maryland and . . . interviewed in the hospital by a
television reporter. The television reporter said to him, ‘The doctors
say you will not walk again. What do you think, Elder Ellsworth?’ He
said, ‘I’ll not only walk again, but I have a call from a prophet to
serve a mission in Guatemala, and I shall go back to Guatemala and finish
that mission. . . .’
“He exercised twice the [requirement] outlined by the doctors. He
exerted his faith. He received a blessing from the priesthood and his
recovery was miraculous. It astounded the physicians and the specialists.
He began to be able to stand on his feet. Then he could walk with
crutches, and then the doctors said to him, ‘You may return to the
mission field if the Church will permit you to go.’ He went. We sent him
to Guatemala. He returned to the land to which he had been called, to the
people whom he dearly loved.
“While there he was walking, proselyting a full schedule with a cane in
each hand. [His mission president] looked at him and said, ‘Elder
Ellsworth, with the faith that you have, why don’t you throw those canes
away and walk?’ And Elder Ellsworth said, ‘If you have that kind of
faith in me [take the canes].’ ” He put down the canes and has never
used them since.
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