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Day 24: A photo of something that means a lot to you.

…. I’ll come back to this one.  And all of the other ones that I have missed.  Sorry for not being consistent.  School and traveling to meets is taking up all of my time these days!  I’ll finish the last 4 posts tomorrow 🙂

Good night all!

… and I’m back!  As I sat here pondering what I could put as something that means a lot to me the first things I thought of were my family, my friends, and the gospel.  I was going to just put a picture of each of them, but as I sit here thinking more about it, I realize that without the gospel, my family and friends wouldn’t mean as much to me.  They wouldn’t mean as much to me because I wouldn’t understand how deep my relationship with them is.  To better explain, I want to bear my testimony that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true:

All growing up I have been blessed to be a member of the LDS church.  A.k.a. I have been a Mormon all my life.  When I was little I just followed my parents’ examples and believed that the church was true because they told me it was.  Then as I started getting into my teenage years and started thinking more independently, I have thought, prayed, and sought out to know if this gospel is indeed the true gospel here on the Earth.  To find my answer, I started earnestly reading the Book of Mormon.  This book is a set of scripture that sets us Mormons apart from other religions out there.  I, and the LDS church, believe that Joseph Smith, a prophet back in the 1800’s, saw God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, and was commanded by them to restore Christ’s original Gospel.  We believe that he was guided to translate the Book of Mormon from an ancient record. He was guided to find this book which was buried in a hill in upstate New York.  The Book of Mormon contains an account of Christ coming to the Americas after he was resurrected.  As I started earnestly reading the Book of Mormon for myself, I became wrapped up in it.  Not only were the stories in it historically cool (i.e. crazy wars and stuff like that) but the gospel principles that were taught in the book just made sense.  I read the book, have prayed sincerely to know if it was true, and now, I just know that it is.  I know that the accounts of these people long ago really did happen.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to fathom the reality of Joseph Smith acutally seeing God and Christ, but because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith truly did see God and his Son, Jesus Christ.  And because Joseph Smith really did see God and Christ, I know that the church which he restored in these latter days, is the true church.  I just know it.  Of course there are MANY things I don’t know and don’t fully understand about everything involved with the gospel but I know that if I keep seeking out the answers I will know more and more and come closer each day to fully understanding this gospel.  While I don’t know everything, here are some things that, because of this gospel, I know are true:

 

  • I know that families can live together forever.
  • I know that God wants us to be happy and has given us his gospel, the scriptures, prophets, and commandments to follow in order to be happy.
  • I know that by keeping the commandments and really striving to live like Christ, we will be able to be resurrected, like Christ was, and live with our Heavenly Father again.
  • I know that we are given trials in life in order to make us stronger and to test our hearts.
  • I know that Jesus Christ suffered for each and everyone of our sins and because He did, He know us so intimately.  He felt what we feel, He knows what we are going through.  And luckily for us, He wants to help us so much and He will help us, but we have to come to Him first.
  • I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us, more than we will ever be able to comprehend.
  • I know that if we strive to choose the right, that we will be blessed and our lives will be better off because of it.
  • I know that we have a living prophet on the earth who receives revelations from God and because of that we know how God wants us to live and act in these days.  (i.e. how we should be refrain from smoking or from sex before marriage)  And these counsels which we receive are given exclusively to make us truly happy!  By living the counsels of the church, I have such lasting true peace and happiness.
  • I know that we can live in the world, and not of the world.  There are so many negative things out there which are Satan’s ways of trying to tempt us and make us unhappy.  But I know that by abiding by the commandments and striving to do what we know is right, we will be able to overcome these temptations.
  • I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true!  I am so blessed and happy to be a Mormon 🙂

Please don’t be offened or think that I disregard any of the other religions out there.  I don’t at all!  I believe that most religions are so great and have so many great principles!  I love going to other churches and learning about other religions.  I just don’t think all the religions have had the opportunity to know of the full truth of Christ’s gospel.  I believe that because of the Book of Mormon and the present-day prophets the LDS church is the only religion to have the fullness of the gospel.

It makes me so sad when I see anti-mormon literature or people out to rip my church apart.  I promise that Mormons aren’t weirdos and that we, just like everyone else, are trying to live in such a way that we think and know is the right way to live.  Of course there are some extreme Mormons out there that can go a little overboard.  I’m the first one to admit that there are some Mormons out there that are stuck-up, not accepting, and just not worth anyone’s time.  But in any group and organization there are people who are a little crazy, right?  🙂  Please don’t be offened by these individuals.  And PLEASE, if you don’t know something about our religion, just ask me! I won’t be offened at all, seriously, I won’t.  In fact, I would like it if you did ask me questions 🙂  Or if you feel uncomfortable about asking me, go to the right source to find out the answer to your question.  Here is a website that has all the answers about what our church entails: http://mormon.org/

Whew!  Sorry for such a long and deep post.  I just thought I should let everyone know about how much my religion means to me.  It is what makes me truly happy, comforts me, and is my foundation and backbone.  I love being a member of the LDS church 🙂

 

The Draper Temple (Draper, UT) Where Nate and I were married 🙂

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