Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.

  • I have not always had a Knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I was young when I had the chance to visit the Sacred Grove. Because of my age I was not fully aware of the feeling that i felt in that grove of trees, in fact it has just been recently that the feelings that I felt in the Grove have come into my mind. This Grove is where God and Jesus Christ showed themselves unto Joseph Smith, He wanted to know which church he was to join and received a answer that he should join none of them. I have visited this area and have felt the feelings that still dwell there today. I know that the Joseph Smith is a prophet I know this because of the love I have felt as I have done the same thing as many before me and that many will do after me, and that is I have Knelt in pray and asked God if the Church was true. I have received my answer and I continue to receive answers to my prayers. Show more

  • As I said in my profile. I know it's an incredible story, a 14 year old boy gets on his knees to ask God if this is His church and not only does he get an answer, but one of the most awesome answers ever, God the Father himself, and His Son, Jesus Christ, appearing to this unlearned boy? Not only is it an incredible story though, it's an incredible, true experience. Through the Book of Mormon, through prayer, I know for myself that Joseph Smith really did restore God's true church because no evil man could write the Book of Mormon, and no good man would unless it were the will of God. I also know for a fact that there's no way in 1820 a 19 year old unlearned man could write the Book of Mormon. It's not possible. I know God appeared to Joseph Smith. I know He called Joseph Smith by name. I know it's through Joseph Smith that in 1830 the fulness of Christ's gospel was restored upon the earth. I know that church still stands today and bears the name of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." More than that, I know that if everyone truly has a desire to know for themselves, if they will read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father, wanting to know if it's His book and His Church, they can know for themselves that it is all true, that Joseph Smith is His prophet, the Book of Mormon is His word, and this is His church. Show more

  • I was about fourteen years old, when I first knew about Joseph Smith. At that time in my life I was hanging out with the wrong crowd and going down a path that wasn't going to end up good. I remembered that I kept a Book of Mormon in my room and I finally started reading it, I must have read it about five times and after that fifth time I got down on my knees and prayed. I said I was sorry for what I'd done, I wanted to change and I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was True. I finished my prayer and immediately, I felt an assurance of what I had just read was True. It hit me to my heart and has always stayed with me. When i stood up I knew I'd been forgiven and a new chance was opened up for me. All because another fourteen year old boy stepped into a quiet grove of trees, to ask our Father in Heaven for help. Show more

  • The greatest thing about this Church is that Christ runs this Church. He speaks to us through a prophet. Our Church teaches the restored gospel--the gospel that He Himself put on this earth. Think about it. After He was called up to Heaven, and the Apostles were all dead, the Church was left to us; us being human and make mistakes. The "Church" for quite some time was about gain; at one time, you could "pay" your way to Heaven. Isn't that ridiculous! The falling away or apostasy, commonly known as the "Dark Ages," left the Church in a state that even the sects of the Church were confused about the truth. For a time, common people couldn't read the Bible for ourselves and when that got old, several people split and founded other churches, i.e. Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists and many others. Joseph Smith was confused and asked God which to join and was told none of them; that he would be the one to restore His Church on earth. Show more

  • Because of family traditions, I was introduced to the gospel at birth, and it has remained a steady part of family life. Family prayer and scripture study, Sunday worship, family recreation, and working through difficult times have all been seasoned and strengthened by The Book of Mormon and leadership provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How much I would miss the restored gospel! Show more

  • Coming from a background that believed that the Bible was all there was of the written word of God, I was completely intrigued by the message that God has spoken through prophets in these modern times, and over 150 years of it by the time I heard it. My intrigue began when I was a boy and couldn't read. Back then, I used to open my moms big Bible and look at the pictures. They made a great impact on my tender mind an heart, for my upbringing was very dysfunctional. My soul was full of hurt and loneliness from the wickedness I endured in this world. So, when I looked into those Bible pictures, I would often think to myself, "Oh that I could crawl into that picture and be with them! Then I would be safe. Then I would feel OK. Then I could be with the guys who knew God. I could be with the good guys. But I knew that I could not go back in time or crawl into a picture, and I felt that I was left to mourn out my days. Imagine my great astonishment when the missionaries told me about the restoration which came with prophets and apostles, and new scriptures and visits by Jesus Christ, and temples and angels, and miracles. Those were all the things in the pictures that I loved as a small boy! Now, as a young man, I was hearing that I was actually in a picture like I longed to be in when I was a little boy. This news that was almost too good to be true, but if it was true, I wanted to know. Was I already in the picture that I wanted to be in all my life, complete with prophets and apostles? Was the picture real? Was I really going to see a prophet with my own eyes some day? Could I be with them? To all those questions and more like them, I desperately needed an answer, and God's own witness came to me by His Spirit to assure me that the missionaries were not deceived. I found out for myself that Joseph Smith told the truth. Now, I am with the good guys; and it fills my heart with gratitude every day to know that I am home where I have always wanted to be. Show more

  • I'm eternally grateful for the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Restoration is bringing something back in its original form from being lost or corrupted. We believe in a complete restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel that He taught while on the Earth. So much confusion is rampant on the earth today and many people are lost in spiritual confusion. The reason why I love this gospel so much is because it answers all the questions of the soul. It fills in the many gaps that our curiosity has brought to view. For example, where did we come from, does God hear our prayers and what is our purpose here in life? All of these questions have been answered through the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of my favorite things about this restoration is that I know who my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are. I have come to understand and experience the love that Heavenly Father has for all of us and how badly He wants us to return to Him. I have realized the importance of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for me, suffering and bleeding so that I could repent of my sins and become clean. All of this to return to His presence and enjoy everlasting happiness in heaven with my family. How great this gospel is, to know that we can be forgiven of our sins, feel of God's love, have a personal relationship with Him, and know that families can be together forever. Without the restoration of the gospel I would be lost in confusion and darkness. I know that if you want to feel loved and part of a greater family, you can find it in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful for its positive impact and influence in my life. It's TRUE! Show more

  • When I was a young teen, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and prayed to my Father in Heaven to know if this was true. I received my own personal witness through the power of the Holy Ghost that this is all true. I felt the strongest feeling come over me, to where I found myself crying. I was crying because of the joy that filled my heart, and I could tell that it was good. Later in my life I had the opportunity to visit The Sacred Grove where God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith after he knelt in prayer asking if any of the churches at his time were true. Now I already knew for myself that this church was true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and oh how this experience added to my testimony. It is not possible that Joseph Smith, having only 3 years of formal schooling, could simply just "make up" The Book of Mormon. Upon the plates that Joseph Smith translated from, was of Hebrew writing. I know that through the power of God, Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. I know that it is true. And because I know that it is true, I know that this church is true. I know that this is the restored church of Jesus Christ. I know that in it, contains the fulness of His gospel. I know that the priesthood power is on the earth once more. Christ is at the head of this church and I know that we are led by prophets and apostles today, just as in Christ's day. Show more

  • My life has been full and happy, but along with that there have been times of trial. In 2000 my oldest daughter passed away and left four beautiful boys and a family that loved her deeply. Shortly after that I divorced my husband, and began taking care of my son as he went through rehabilitation. He had a paragliding accident and was paralyzed. Within a year my life completely changed. I cannot begin to describe the struggles I had at that time, but I can share the feelings of peace and love that surrounded me. I remember finally coming to the point of accepting that there was “absolutely nothing” I could do about my daughter’s death, about the incidence of the divorce, and about my son’s accident. It was through the help of the Savior walking beside me, of angels comforting me, and of friends and family that stayed close by that I was able to continue putting one step in front of the other. My testimony grew strong as I placed myself in the arms of the Savior and came to realize that he was, indeed, orchestrating my life. I could have never carried the load without that support and love. One of my favorite scriptures is: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy path”. I learned to trust in him who suffered and died for me on the cross at Calvery. I came to know why he could understand my pain and sorrow. He had felt it in Gethsemane for me and for all of us. I felt sad that He or anyone could feel my hurt, but that feeling helped me understand better, what He had done. My trials became my blessing as I came to understand the atonement in a very personal way. Show more

  • Since becoming a member of this church, I have learned that we are all sons and daughters of glorious Heavenly parents and that we can become like them one day. That is one reason why we are here. To learn, and grow and be challenged so that we can understand all the wonderful things that come from learning from trials while also enjoying our numerous blessings. I've learned that we are not just a number. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us personally. They listen to us when we pray. They want us to be happy. They want us to ask them for help when we are having a hard time. They love us unconditionally. I've learned that the families we have here on earth are our families for eternity through the wonderful blessings of temple ordinances. It is beautiful to know that my husband will be my husband forever, that our children will be our children forever and ever. It gives my heart such joy to know these things. And I KNOW them. I know that we have a living prophet on this earth today. After learning this truth it rang true to me. Heavenly Father would not cut himself off from the world but would continue to provide a way for us to receive counsel from Him, which is done through prophets and apostles and personal revelation, just as it was before, during, and after Christ was on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and restored the church back to the earth through their counsel and direction. This is perhaps one of the hardest principles for people to understand. But I know that if asked in humble prayer, anyone can understand and believe his purpose and know that he did in fact translate the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a true additional testament of Jesus Christ. When you read it, you will see that every page testifies of Christ. And I know, without a doubt, that if you pray to see if what you are reading is true, without any thoughts or answers predisposed in your mind - you will get an answer. Show more

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