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I've been a member of the Church my whole life. I was baptized at eight, received the Aaronic Priesthood at 12, received the Melchizedek Priesthood at 19 and then served as a missionary in The Missouri Independence Mission from August 2008 to August 2010. I have a younger sister and wonderful, active parents. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has brought my intermediate family close together like nothing else in this world. I'm very grateful to have received my personal witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ.
I had graduated high school in 2007 and right before and after that point in my life I had many questions about religion. I wondered if The Book of Mormon was actual scripture. I wondered if the Bible itself was the Word of God. I questioned if there was a God and if I was His Son. All of these questions and pondering came about because I had not developed my own faith to light my way in the world and was borrowing the light of my parents (which was sooner or later going to burn out and I would be left in the darkness if I did not do something about it). I had fought with my parents so much about the subject of religon and just came to the conclusion that I would leave the church after I had left my home. One day, I was in the backyard with my father (who at that time in my life was my ward Bishop) and we talked about the scriptures and the Church while cleaning some rifles. After talking for a long while he made a deal with me that he would stop bugging me about the Church and The Book of Mormon if I just read the book and found out for myself if it was true or if it wasn't. I took this as an opportunity to finally get my family off of my back about religion and decided to read the book. I spent many days reading from The Book of Mormon (this being the first time that I had ever read The Book of Mormon in my life). One day, while reading from the book, I came across a verse of scripture (which I call my conversion scripture) that for some reason or another had caused my heart to burn within me. The verse of scripture comes from Alma 13:20 which states; "Now I need not rehearse the matter; what I have said may suffice. Behold, the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction." After reading that verse I started to think to myself that if I read the scriptures everyday, I could feel the presence of The Holy Ghost and have the protection of The Spirit with me against temptation. When I caught myself thinking those thoughts I came to a conclusion that anything that made me think like this or made me feel this good couldn't be false but true. I had kindled my flame of faith and knew what I truly believed in at that point in my life. Within the next couple of months, I had put in my paperwork to become a missionary. I served The Lord for the next two years of my life in The Missouri Independence Mission and shared my testimony with others. I've had great joy in watching others feel the influence of The Spirit of The Lord touch their hearts as The Spirit touched my own. Now that I'm home, I share my testimony with others and invite them to learn more about the type of happiness that I've felt within The restored gospel. I know that The Book of Mormon truly is The Word of God as The Bible is. I know The Book of Mormon is true because I have read it and as I have read the book, I have prayed to my Father in Heaven and I have received a conformation that it is true by The Holy Ghost. Because I know that The Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith had a vision and saw Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored and that it's on the earth today. I know that anyone who wants to know for themselves if The Book of Mormon is true, all they have to do is simply read from the book and pray sincerly and they shall receive an answer by The Spirit of The Lord. I invite you to read from The Book of Mormon and to find out for yourself if it truly is The word of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I can remember one time in my life that I had been dealing with temptation very strongly and it was just too hard for me to bear any longer. For the first time in my life, I had remembered and thought to myself that I needed to pray to The Lord for the strength to resist the temptation and to choose the right. While praying, I felt something just rush through my body and a great calm came over me. I had gained a testimony that the power of prayer actually works and that God gives us the strength to handle our challenges when we can't handle them on our own.
Every morning, I start off the day with my morning prayer. Throughout the day I wear my CTR ring (which stands for Choose The Right). I keep a little medallion in my pocket that reminds me to put on the full armor of God everyday so that I can have strength and protection to have self control over temptation. I try my best to make it a habit to read from the scriptures everyday. My attitude becomes positive and my patience and tolerance for others increases as I read. I give out pass along cards and copies of The Book of Mormon. I share my testimony with others and invite them to learn more. Recently, I've gotten rid of certain music that (I feel) draws me away from The Spirit of The Lord. I watch movies and television programs that aren't offensive to The Spirit. I hangout with others that hold the same standards and moral values that I hold.