Sunday, January 24, 2016
Why I Am A Mormon
I've been born and raised in the LDS faith. My family is what anchored me to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But there came a time in my youth when I needed to know for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. One cannot live on borrowed light. We all must find the truth for ourselves. In the LDS General Conference as the Prophet, Thomas S. Monson announced the age change for missionaries, I felt something burning inside me. I knew I needed to serve a mission. A few months later, serving mission was in the back of my mind. But one day, I was in the gospel learning class, called seminary, off school campus. The lesson was on serving the Lord. I felt that same feeling I had when a Prophet of God spoke. That thought stuck with me and it was all I could think about. That night, I knelt to pray with a sincere heart, truly wanting to know what Heavenly Father had in store for me in my life. I asked if it was His will for me to serve. I expressed that I would do whatever He would have me do. I just needed a direction to follow. Soon after I ended, I felt that I should open my scriptures. I opened to Doctrine and Covenants 4:3, where I learned if you have desire to serve, you're call to do so. I felt that same burning. I knew from that time forward I needed to serve. What drove me towards that goal was my desire to serve God and share the joy I feel everyday that comes ONLY from the gospel of Jesus Christ. I struggled with my choices for a year or so before I realized what I had been doing was not what the Lord wanted me to do. My faith was tested and I knew I had to repent and come back to the Lord to be freed from my guilt. This experience humbled me more than ever. I prayed to Heavenly Father and asked if He would take my guilt away from me. I knew what I had to do. I knew it wasn't going to be easy but I had to submit to my Father in Heaven. I did and eventually found peace and comfort in my life and finally felt worthy of Him in my life. This Gospel is True! I know it!