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"Go to the Third Floor"

As the morning began, Elder Kelly and Elder George knelt together as companions and asked Heavenly Father to lead them to those who had been prepared to hear the gospel. After spending two or three unsuccessful hours knocking on doors, they returned to their car knowing they must go somewhere else.

After deciding to offer another prayer, they again pleaded with Heavenly Father to help them to know where to go. When they had concluded their prayer they sat in their car, wondering where to go next. As they both looked at a large apartment building some two miles away by the ocean side, they turned to each other and said, "That is where we are to go."

They quickly drove to the apartment building and parked their car. It was an attractive, three-story building. The two missionaries entered the apartment complex and began to systematically knock on each apartment door. After knocking on every door on the first floor, they had not found even one person home. They went to the second floor and suffered the same results. Both missionaries now doubted that this was where they were to be. In fact, they turned to each other and said, "Let's go."

As they started down the stairs, however, the Spirit spoke clearly to Elder George's mind: "Go up to the third floor." Elder George was walking behind Elder Kelly and they reached the parking lot before Elder George could get up enough courage to say, "We need to go back to the third floor."

To his surprise, Elder Kelly immediately agreed. They climbed the stairs once again, this time going to the third floor. Again, as on the other floors, no one was home. They knocked on every door with no success, until there was just one door left. When they knocked on this door, to their surprise, the door actually opened and a man greeted them. As Elder George introduced Elder Kelly and himself as missionaries representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the man said, "I know, I saw you come to my door in a dream. Come in and tell me more."

Excerpt from the book: Stories that Teach Gospel Principles, by Allan K. Burgess & Max H. Molgard (true stories).

Teaching Ideas and Related Scriptures

Dreams: One means by which the Lord speaks to men is through dreams.

Acts 2:17: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." (see also Joel 2:28).

Divine Guidance; Lead, Guide and Direct: Proverbs 3:5-6: "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." (see also Isaiah 48:17; Ether 2:5; Moroni 6:9