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I lived in the Netherlands for 8 years, then I moved to the North East of England where I lived for 6 years. I then moved to Colorado in the USA. Now I attend LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. I was raised in the Church and I will serve a LDS mission near the end of 2013.
Well my first answer that I would give used to be that I was made to go to church by my parents. Now I have gained my own testimony of the church. Sometimes I feel like it is weak or that I don't have a testimony. But then I think about all the things that I have felt as I have gone to church and church activities such as camp outs, firesides and other activities hosted by the church. I remember that in Holland there was a temple open house. At that age I used to fight a lot with my siblings. Inside the temple I just felt really loved inside. I always look back at this moment in my life when I am struggling with life, it gives me strength and just reminds me that I can have that companionship of the Holy Ghost again. Now that I have lived in three different countries and made many friends I can really see the difference between those friends who have high standards and those with lower standards. It has greatly impressed me to keep the commandments. Your friends are very important and it is even more important to have good friends who help you make the right choices and help you along this adventure. I never understood that until now. I see how many of my friends get pregnant - I see how it has destroyed their life (there are few exceptions to this.) I see how drugs have effected my friends, I see all these things. And I am just thankful that I have guidelines and "rules" to follow. Because If I did not have those "rules" to follow I would be a completely different person- I don't even know where I would be. I know that God Lives. I know this because I know that my prayers have been answered by Him, on multiple occasions.
I like to think of it as a chain reaction. When we make a bad choice, for example; when we lie, we have to lie to cover up the other lie and it goes on. I have done this once before when I was pretty young - I lied about taking some sweets/candy and I had to lie to cover up another lie. I felt really bad. When we make a right choice we can feel very happy and because you want to always have this feeling you want to do more good - well that is how it is for me anyway. I normally cheat on quizzes by giving answers - but after I watched a video called, "Honesty: You Better Believe It!" I had the strength to not give an answer on a quiz. I felt so good! I felt like I could do anything that moment!
For me, hope is very special. Most times when we feel all alone because we have sinned, we feel like we are not worth anything and we feel like we are the only person in the world who has committed that sin so many times. We feel like there is no hope. This is exactly how Satan wants us to feel. But there is hope for us, the atonement. A man died and suffered what a man cannot bear. Jesus has opened the door of hope for us, through the atonement we can become clean. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." This statement has always been in front of me but not until recently has it been a personal scripture to me. We may feel as we are a stain that is not going to be clean any time soon, yet through the atonement we can be pure as white snow. Hope is the beginning step of faith.
I live my faith by viewing spiritual material each day. Most days I just do the minimum - but those few days where I do not just do the minimum, I can feel something inside of me that is not physical. This power inside of me is so powerful, but only last as long as I am willing it to do so. This power also know as the Holy Ghost wants me to be the best I can be. Most Latter Day Saints have read the Book Of Mormon. I have also read it, but I feel like I just read the letters. I am not to sure that I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. But how can it not be true, I have felt the spirit a few times while I needed help in my life while I was reading it. How can there not be a God, when I have had my prayers answered so many times? I know there is a God. I know that I know that I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I home teach three family's at the moment. I used to go with my dad but then I was given a new companion. I love going home-teaching I feel the spirit a lot. Home-teaching: "A priesthood assignment in which men, working in pairs, are assigned several families to visit monthly. They teach a brief spiritual lesson and serve the family as needed. All families in a congregation are assigned home teachers." I try to be a good example. I know that I fail at this sometimes - But I just need to keep going and trying my best. I go to church every week and participate in church classes. During the week I go to institute which is just a class that teaches us about the scriptures. In a recent past experience I did not put that much effort into the class, however I set a goal to be quite and turn to the pages where I was supposed to turn to and I saw that I felt more peace and that I enjoyed it a lot more. Anyone is welcome to come. I don't swear, I don't say God's name in vain, I pay 10% of my income as tithing to the church, I did not date until I was 16. I have troubles like any other natural human being. That is why the natural man is an enemy to God.