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At some point in our lives every member has to gain a personal testimony and decide whether or not they believe the church is true. I was blessed to be born in the church, but i feel my true conversion started when i was thirteen and has been growing steadily ever since. It was just me and my mom at the time and we were in a bit of a rough spot. The lord helped us through. We have moved many times and the church has been a constant foundation for us. Growing up moving from school to school really gave me the opportunity to change myself, to find out who I really was instead of getting caught up in any stereotype, i could be whoever i wanted. I figured out that I am a bit odd and a nerd at heart but I wouldn’t have it any other way! My family has always been a big support for me, they helped to shape me into the person I am today and they taught me how to open up and love life, to enjoy whatever life throws at you and then throw it right back! I hope and pray I can live up to their example. I hated when my brothers and sisters slowly left home got married and moved on with life. But now i love thier kids and i love every chance that i have to see them and play with my nephews and nieces, now i look forward to the day i get to have my own family and hope to be the Father and Husband they deserve.
My Family has always meant a lot to me, I am the youngest of five and I loved having the whole family around. It was everything to me, but that all changed when my parents were separated. It didn’t help that just before the separation my brothers had moved out and shortly after both my sister had. It was just me and mom. Marriage and family is held almost sacred, second only to God. It went against everything that I know and believe in. But when it seemed everyone had left us one thing had stayed the same. We still went to church every week and they didn’t judge or scorn, but they did support us and give us all the help and love that we could ask for. My Mom was always very faithful and continuously turned to god for answers. She taught me to honor the priesthood I received and to fulfill all my duties. Whether I didn’t want to or I really didn’t want to, I knew what was expected of me. I know that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet. That he did Restore the one and only true church of Christ once again onto the earth with all the authority, doctrine and ordinances needed there in. I would challenge anyone to replicate what he did, the Book of Mormon, or the outstanding lay ministry, even the missionary program, because I know they can’t! Because this is Gods work not mans!
Faith is an interesting thing, i had a friend once give a great analogy of faith we have all experienced in our lives. A fast food drive in, you tell a wall what you want to eat, give money to someone you dont know and then expect food at the next window. Faith is in more aspects of this life than i could count. I am moved by my faith because i know Gods plan for me and that he will help me . for example i know that if i am sick god will help me to heal, i exercise my faith by planning on fulfilling my responsibilities regardless of my illness, recieving a priesthood blessing and following the apropriate medical advice. There are so many ways we can exercise faith in our lives and i would callenge everyone to find another in theirs!
I love that I can know of the Great Plan of Happiness. I have had several family members die and when I think of the heartache death can bring into your life, I can’t help but think of those that don’t know of the life after death and how much worse their loss must seem. Knowing of the plan of salvation is truly one of the greatest sources of hope for us and our loved ones. Again my heart goes out to all those that choose to live without this knowledge. God love us and has prepared a place for each of us to live in happiness and joy, how much is up to us, God has told us what to do, will we do it?
I Consider this to be one of the greatest of the restored truths in the church. Because of convincing evidence, The Book Of Mormon, I Know that God has restored a greater knowledge of his plan for us( See http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness/ ) , of which i have been able to learn over my life time from the teachers that God has put in my life through His Church. The Book of Mormon itself has been key in helping me truly understand my part in this plan. It has given me understanding of how to be a good man, Husband ,and Father. It gives greater perspective to what we do in this life and what is truely important.
When it comes to the gospel I find myself get a little lazy sometimes, that is really easy for me! I love that God knows us each individually, I know he does because through the responsibilities that that He has given Me. I have been able to learn to really love work! When I fulfill these responsibilities I often find that it changes me, little by little, making me better than I was before. I am so grateful to be in Christ’s one true church, I continue to study the scriptures and attend my church meetings and as I do something happens that seems to me to be simply miraculous. My Testimony, belief that the church is true, grows! It continues to grow there have been so many times in my life that I thought that I could never know more sure than I did then that it is true. Then it happens again, and I am continually left speechless. I could never deny, I know that this church is Gods one and only on the earth, again, to stay. I hope to help others receive the blessings from it that I have! I live my faith by fulfilling every calling, assigned responsibility from priesthood leadership, which I get. Then I continually try to improve myself, so that I may better serve my Heavenly Father. By sharing the gospel with all that I can, anyone that will let me, and I never want to be able to say that I didn't try. Because of what Christ Sacrificed for me, I will surrender myself for him! So that maybe someday he can say "well done thou good and faithful servant."