Mormon Messages

The Missing Piece


Jesus Christ and His gospel help a man find direction amid adversity. Read Elder L. Tom Perry's talk "Let Him Do It with Simplicity."


    My name is Stacey Miles. I live in Akron, Ohio. And life was going along pretty well for me, or at least I thought.

    He was a very successful athlete. He did very, very well in pro sports. He actually seemed to have everything going for him.

    Sports, to me, was always an outlet that made me feel like I was successful. I started out playing tennis, and then there was football. And as I progressed through high school and college, it became something that was always still enjoyable to me, and became possible that I could go ahead and play at a higher level. You run out on the field, and you have so many people go ahead and cheer you on, or depending on where you play, have so many people boo at you.

    Life intervened. It threw me a couple curve balls, first in the form of injuries that kept me out of any further sports activities, and then in the form of cancer. I had a lot of ups and downs in my relationship with Jesus Christ early on, because materialistically things were doing well.

    I'd have an injury and I'd go, why me? Then I'd go ahead and become successful in coaching, more injuries. What? Why now? Are you just picking on me now? What did I do?

    My life is like just this huge puzzle, and I'm not sure how to put it together. But when the doctors start putting timelines on you now, and the clock really is ticking, and you do hear it ticking louder and louder, sudden you have this urgent need to find an answer to these questions. But as I started on the search of mine, I always keep thinking to myself, something's missing. There's a piece missing, two pieces missing.

    Stacey and I met in an unusual way. He needed crutches in order to continue to walk. And he'd heard about our crutches that we manufacture. We'd just trade telephone calls every now and again.

    And here I am in Ohio. And here he is in Utah. And we had struck up an amazing friendship during the course of him solving my problem with crutches, of all things.

    It got to the point where if I needed just a pick-me-up I'd call Stacey.

    Gradually our phone conversations would shift from how's the crutches working to hey, how are you doing? How's your search going? And we would have hours of conversations just on religion.

    There would be a shift in his voice. And I'd hear this serenity, this peacefulness that would come over him. And I thought, that's what I'm looking for. I can't believe it. Why can't I find that? And for the first time in my life I was actually envious of somebody else. And that bothered me more than anything.

    My relationship with Jesus Christ changed. Everything He did for me was to enrich my life. He didn't do anything to pick on me.

    I still haven't put it all together yet, but I feel like Heavenly Father's given me the directions. He's given me the picture of how it's supposed to look. He's told me, hey, listen. You can take as much time as you need. I'll be patient and wait for you to do this.

    I know that I can get this puzzle put together, and that He's willing to help me every step of the way and make sure that even if I get one or two of the pieces mixed up, that I can go ahead and put that puzzle back together and have it look the way He wants it to look in the end. If it wasn't for the things that I'm going through, He never would have led me to where I am now. And that's been the best thing I could have ever asked for.

    We cannot predict all of the struggles and storms of life, not even the ones around the next corner. But as persons of faith and hope, we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. And the best is yet to come.