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I read an article in the July 2008 issue of the Ensign magazine titled "Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet" and I thought, 'wow I should share the Gospel on my blog.' Well here I am a year later finally doing just that. I guess it took teaching the Young Women in my ward a lesson on "testimony" to realize how strong of a testimony I really have. (Also last night as I was saying my prayers I felt like I should share my beliefs on my blog!) One of my nephews was baptized on July 4th and my mother, being one of the grandmas, was asked to share her testimony. To preface this, all growing up I didn't bear my testimony at church, but every time my mom did she would always get emotional and cry. At the time I was embarrassed and my brother, Michael, and I would crouch down in the pew. But hearing my mom bear her testimony this time I was crying with her. Because I knew that what she knew was true too. I am so blessed to have grown up with a mother who has a strong knowledge and testimony of this great Gospel. So the next day at church, I hadn't planned it, but I was prompted to get up in Sacrament Meeting and publicly bear my testimony. What a great feeling to know that now I have my very own testimony and am not relying on my parents'. So here goes...
I want all my friends and family to know that I know that Jesus Christ lives and is our own personal Savior. Jesus atoned for my sins and through the Atonement I can be forgiven. When I feel that no one in this world knows how I am feeling I know that I can go to the Savior since He not only took upon all our sins, but He took upon all our sicknesses and pains and He knows exactly how I am feeling. I am so grateful for the comforts of the Holy Ghost and for the Spirit staying with me. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the earth today, and I am blessed to be a part of it. Our first latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, saw Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and through their direction restored the Church back on the earth. I am grateful for the Scriptures. The Book of Mormon, Bible, Docrtrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price. I know that without the Scriptures and prayer that I wouldn't be with Klint! When Klint broke up with me I was devastated because I already knew that I was supposed to be with him. I pleaded with Heavenly Father to let me get over him, but God had a different idea in mind for me. I was told several times that I wasn't supposed to move on. Through prayer and by being led by the Spirit I listened and was patient... very patient! But I did get fed up and told Heavenly Father that I was done with Klint for good! One day I was reading in The Book of Mormon (Alma 8:24-25) and was given a definite witness to not turn my back on Klint and only 2 days later we did get back together! I truly believe that the Scriptures are pertinent to us in our day. I am grateful for Temples so close that I can go and serve the Lord and feel peace and love. I am blessed to have been married and Sealed to my sweetheart, Klint, within its beautiful walls. How wonderful it is to go back worthily to the Temple and be in The House of the Lord. It took a lot of work to get to the Temple, but it was worth it and I can't imagine another way.
When I was in junior high I remember one night lying in bed bawling! At the time I didn't understand or have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation. I remember thinking 'what if this life is it?' I had such a dark and sad feeling and was mad at even being alive! I know now that there is life after death and that we will be resurrected and live for Eternity. Not only will we live forever, but we can be with our families and spouse again. Through the Sealing powers in the Temples we can achieve Celestial glory. My hardest part I think is just enduring to the end! If only we could think in the Eternal perspective and realize that his life is but a blink of an eye in the big scheme of things. Daily I am constantly reminded of how much God loves us with the beauty, constant tender mercies, and witnesses to the truthfulness of these things. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and Savior who know me, love me, and care about me. Klint sometimes jokes at all my "tender mercies" talk and praying about silly things, but when it's important to me I know that Heavenly Father cares. Every night before I go to bed I always thank Heavenly Father in my prayers for this Gospel, freedom, and my Savior (among other things of course. ) I love that I can have a conversation with God anytime I want and He listens to me. I don't know how I could go through this life without the knowledge I have to help me through. Again, endure to the end.
Faith is a big part of the Church and I do have a lot of faith. I didn't always have such strong faith I remember when I was 20 years old sitting on my bed thinking I need more faith. So I turned the Scriptures for help. I turned to the Topical Guide and read every scripture reference listed under Faith. I realized as I read each scripture that as you do the things you know you should be doing your faith grows. I look back now 5 years later and realize how much my faith has grown! I am grateful for all the great examples I have had in my life parents, siblings, aunts, family, leaders, friends. When I hear all the evil that is going on the world it makes me happy to know that we have the next life! When things aren't going well, when I'm being a brat, when I'm tempted to do wrong, or when I hear things where Satan is trying to destroy the family (The Family: A Proclamation to the World )and I recognize it I like to say, "Knock it off Satan!" I know that Thomas S. Monson is called of God as our Prophet on the earth today. We are so blessed to hear what the Lord would have him say and to hear the Apostles' words. They are so wise and I know they speak what we need to hear at this time. It's hard to express my testimony in words I think I do it better in tears! But I above all know that God loves me and wants me to be happy and I am when I do what I know I should be doing. We are here to serve others which I need to work on. I am grateful for this life although Klint knows I'm hoping that the Second Coming happens sooner than later! I love the Gospel and I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have no doubts in my beliefs. I have shared these special things of my soul, and I have no regrets for it is my own personal testimony and it will not be shaken. I will close in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I invite anyone that has any questions for me or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to email me or call me anytime! I love you all thank you for taking time to read this.
To Gain a Testimony:
*Desire to believe (Alma 32:27).
*Study the scriptures and the words of the modern prophets (D&C 11:22).
*Pray with real intent (Moroni 10:4).
*Live gospel principles (John 7:17).
*Fast and pray (Alma 5:46).
If anyone is struggling or interested in developing a better testimony...
A testimony is sure knowledge received from the Holy Ghost that:
a. Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world.
b. Joseph Smith is the prophet through whom God restored the gospel.
c. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true Church and is led by a prophet today.