SMW 024: The Next Step When Your Answers from God End in Commas Instead of Periods || Alisse Coil

When Alisse Coil was 16 years old, she visited the Sacred Grove in New York. Alisse was sure this visit would be the defining moment of her testimony. So, she was a little taken aback when the only answer she received that day from God was, “You already know.”

In this interview, Alisse shares how that experience over 30 years ago helped her to realize that God doesn’t usually answer her prayers with periods. He answers with commas.

Alisse explains how the answers with commas have given her the next step to take, helped her gain strength from past answers and shown her how to see the Savior in her life.

Journal Questions

While visiting the Sacred Grove, Alisse received the answer, “You already know,” when she asked about her testimony of the gospel. Alisse shared that after this answer she dug a little deeper and asked herself, “What do I already know?” What are the things you already know? Record the things you know in a place you can go back to often.


Alisse shared this quote from Elder David A. Bednar, “Knowing that the gospel is true is the essence of a testimony. Consistently being true to the gospel is the essence of conversion.” How are you being consistently true to your testimony?  What do you need to stop doing to be truly converted?  What do you need to start doing in your life to be converted?


Have you ever experienced a time where you just wanted to see the end? You wanted to know how things were going to turn out. Maybe you’re experiencing this right now. How can you embrace the words of the hymn, Lead Kindly Light?


Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;

Lead thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on!

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene—one step enough for me.

How can you put your trust in Jesus and say to Him, “One step is enough for me?”

Episode Links

Talk and quote Alisse referenced by Elder David A. Bednar: Converted Unto the Lord

Hymn Alisse mentioned: I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Hymn Alisse mentioned: Lead Kindly Light

Book Alisse mentioned: We Were Not Alone by Karola Hilbert Reece and Patricia Reece Roper

Scripture Alisse referenced: D&C 6:22-23

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