Day: February 4, 2012

I Am a Mormon

I know this may seem redundant as the name of my blog is smilingldsgirl but I just wanted to say that I AM A MORMON.  I have a testimony of the Mormon church (or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  I gained this through much prayer and study.  I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet.  I know that the Book of Mormon is revealed scripture.  I know this with all that I am.

Does that mean I can answer every question or satisfy every inquiry about the church?- no.  I don’t know anyone that can do that with their faith.  Still, I have gained a witness for myself that Jesus is my Savior, and that He has given me His truth. I know that families can be together forever through the covenants of the temple and that this life has a purifying purpose.  Our Heavenly Father gives us trials to test our faith and force us to let go of pride.  The more we turn to Him, the happier we will be.

Recently I am making a change from young single adult ward to a family ward.  I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t difficult but it has no affect on my testimony.  I am not in the church for social benefits.  I could be spit on everyday at church and it wouldn’t matter.  All that matters to me is what God wants me to do.  I will be obedient in every way I can and repent when I fall.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most happy message there is.  Life has purpose.  Families are forever. Friendships and knowledge gained in this life matter. We matter.  God doesn’t care just about the people in Jerusalem but has shared His message with the entire world.

My favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:41- “And moreover, I would desire  that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.  O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”

I will hold out faithful to the end.

Just so there is no doubt I will not be publishing any comments to this entry that are negative in nature.  Sorry, find another blog to post those thoughts on. This is my blog and my religion is the biggest part of me and my character.  If you have found anything insightful or interesting on this blog it was founded on my faith and the happiness it gives me.  I am not in the mood at the moment to argue theology or to debate my views.  They are not changing and believe me- I’ve heard it all!  The church is true.  I love it with all my heart.

To get a free copy of the Book of Mormon go to http://mormon.org/missionaries/. Read it.  Pray about it and God will confirm to you its truthfulness.  I’ve seen it 100’s of times and feel the strength of my own convictions renewed each time I read it.

People often think that Mormon’s are all the same (I think its because the missionaries dress the same) but it isn’t true.  We differ wildly in tastes, hobbies, and interests but we share a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and His plan: