I was 16 years old and had just received my driver's license weeks before. My friend and I were driving to another friend's house one evening when a distinct voice came into my thoughts that said, "Turn here."
Then I reasoned, "No I shouldn't turn here. I'll have to make extra turns if I do. I'll just keep going and I'll only have to make one turn before getting to our friend's house."
I heard the promptings again a second time, "Turn here."
That way would send me into a residential area that I didn't know very well. "No I'll just get lost in that way."
The third time I heard the voice it was strong and loud, "Turn here."
"No I am just going to keep going." And I did.
When I came to the light at the intersection, the light was green. However it was a three way intersection and I didn't realize that another direction had a green light at the same time. I turned left and straight into a car. It was completely my fault.
Luckily nobody was hurt and there wasn't much damage. But the whole accident could have been avoided if I would have listened to the promptings I heard.
I realized that these promptings weren't just thoughts in my head. They were directions from the Holy Ghost to guide me and keep me safe. From that day on I have been determined to listen to the promptings no matter how out of my way they may send me. Sometimes the promptings have led me to friends and people who needed my help and other times nothing has happened. But I wonder, what would have happened if I didn't listen. That is something I don't want to find out anymore.
"As you strive to stay on the path that leads to eternal life, the Holy Ghost "will show unto you all things what [you] should do". He will guide you in your decisions and protect you from physical and spiritual danger. " (True to the Faith, pg. 82)
2 Nephi 32:1-5
1 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?
2 Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.