Today marks one of the most important days of my life. While it doesn’t fit the usual theme I originally intended for this blog, today will in fact change my life forever. Here’s my story of how I came to know Jesus Christ.
Let’s start at the beginning. On May 27th My boyfriend, Dallin, of three months at the time invited me to his church for the first time. I accepted nervously and dove right in. I had been to churches before, Non-Denomination, Catholic, Methodist and even Baptist which services usually last an hour to an hour and a half but this was for sure a first. I was going to the Jesus Christ Church of Latter day Saints for three hours! Go big or go home, right? My heart was pounding. Dallin’s faith had always been important to him so I went despite my anxiety. He picked me up and 12:45 and we arrived at church at 12:50. I was greeted by the kindest people and soon realized I had nothing to be anxious about. Hour one we sang hymns, partook of the scarament, listened to a speaker give a talk on a subject about the gospel along with an opening and closing prayer. Hour two we broke into Sunday school classes and then hour three we broke into different groups based of age and gender. By the end of it all I was overwhelmed to say the least, but intrigued. I was interested to learn more.
I decided to come back the following Sunday with a notebook in hand to write down my questions and things I learned from that day. I began studying and reading like crazy. I had this spark of excitement and determination to know everything. I continue to write my studies in this notebook every day, it has become MY scriptures.
God began really speaking to me through his scriptures on June 8th on loving one another as He has loved us , and then again on June 15th on how seeking The Lord through prayer will help you see the answers He’s given to you, and then June 20th on guidance.
Guidance. This is not only something I needed but I had faith that the Lord could provide, all I had to do was ask. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and one who seeks finds and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” I had been talking with the two Sister Missionaries in our ward at the time, Sister Shumway and Sister Ogden, on a once a week basis and they had asked me the night before June 20th to pray for the conformation I needed to fully know that this gosple was true and that I was where I’m suppose to be. So thats Just what I did. Three times, I prayed with the Sisters, I prayed that night and again that morning before I began my scripture work. What happened next was no coincidence but an act of God.
By using the handy dandy Gospel Library app I simply typed in the word “Guidance”. I Had began tapping on a few recommended scriptures and started reading and reading and then I came upon Psalm 25, pretty much the whole chapter stuck out to me but especially verse 5 which says “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.” I read these words and felt prompted to write them down, which I did and then continued. After that came Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” When I read this I KNEW I had seen it before so I flip back though my notebook and it was one of the verses the Sisters and I had read in our first meeting! Suddenly I felt the Holy Sprit guiding me to the scriptures I needed. Next came Isaiah 58:10 “if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” I read the word water and then I really started to freak out. To follow I read James 1:5 that again I had seen before on June 9th when doing a study on personal revelation!! The verse says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach and it will be given to him.” Afterwards came scriptures out of the Book of Mormon starting with Mosiah 26: 15-39 but especially verse 22 in which Jesus is speaking to the prophet Alma and says “For behold, this is my church; whosoever is baptizedshall be baptized unto repentance. And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name; and him will I freely forgive.” Woah. Subsequently Mosiah 18:30 “And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon, how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever.” I was completely blown away and excited because I knew the Lord was speaking to me though the scriptures. Finally I was prompted to read just one more and that was Moroni 10:5 which again I had seen before on June 17th which says “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” I read this and cried. I cried the happiest tears of joy I had ever cried. I knew that I was to be baptized and I knew the Holy Ghost was with me and I knew that little by little the Lord had shown me the answers I needed. It was almost like he said ” you’re going to need this, but not yet” in the scriptures he had given me before. It was all part of His plan. The Lord has a plan for us all! This knowledge gave me overwhelming Joy that I had never felt before. I was truly indescribable in knowing that the Lord was with me and listening and providing to what I needed.
From that day on it has not been all rainbows and butterflies although that’s what I was feeling on the inside. One of my parents was supportive and happy I had found God, the other not so much. However the Lord puts trials in our life so that we may overcome them and turn closer to Him no matter the circumstance. I have learned that we must always put His will over our will which can require sacrifice but He will bless us with getting more than we give up, always. Prayer and Faith are my two most powerful tools the Lord has given me. Through prayer I can repent of my past transgressions, ask for direction and thank Him for all he does for me and everyone I love daily. By having faith I have gained my testimony that will continue to grow with me.
Tonight I was baptized into Chirsts church and I am proud to represent Him in all times, in all things and in all places. I was so anxious all day but as soon as I got to the church I was comforted by all of the people who have lead me here. I am so thankful for each and every person that came tonight especially my family. Mom and Dad I would not be here today without you two and I’m so happy you could both be there tonight, I love you. Furthermore The service was absolutely everything I wanted and could imagine it to be. The love and excitement in the room really brought tears to my eyes knowing that this is exactly what the Lord wanted for me.
I would like to bear my testimony that I know this church is true. I know that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ we may live as we do today. I know the Lord is always trying to show us the beautiful things He has created for us in this world but sometimes the darkness of the world tends gets in the way of His light. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God that translated the Book of Mormon so we may grow closer to Jesus Christ and there are still prophets on this earth today receiving revelation from the Lord so that we may know what he wants his children to do. Jesus Christ is my savior and redeemer of the world and I am so blessed to be able to live somewhere that I may follow him everyday. I am thankful for this gospel and the happiness it has brought to my life.
It is my prayer that if you felt the spirit while reading this that you may have the courage to reach out to me at any time. I encourage you to contact me via dm or through the contact me button on my home page with any questions you may have. I AM child of God, and so are you.
And I say these things In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
(Here’s a flood of pictures from tonight, if you’re not pictured I still love you, and if you have pictures please send them my way!!)