Today church was simply great. It was rejuvenating. My girls were well behaved during sacrament meeting even despite sitting on the folding chairs in the back (I credit it to a 1.5 nap before hand, and lots of food). Lisa decided it was time that she and Alison partook of the sacrament for the first time and grabbed a piece of bread off the tray, so we gave one to Alison as well, followed shortly by the water. Josh explained to them what the bread and water were symbolic of and then we had the privilege of having testimony meeting this Sunday since last Sunday was our Stake Conference.
It was during testimony meeting that an older sister who is investigating our church came to the podium and bore her testimony (during testimony meetings all members and visitors are invited to come up to the podium and share their testimonies of Jesus Christ and his restored church). This woman’s name is Mona and she shared her story.
Three weeks ago she woke up and didn’t want to live. She was contemplating suicide, but felt compelled to get in her car and drive, relying on the Spirit to tell her where to stop. She drove around for a while and eventually stopped in front of our church building and pulled in and sat down. It has since changed her life! In these last three weeks she has started reading the Book of Mormon (via our Stake President’s request that we all read 34 verses a day, finishing the Book of Mormon by the next Stake Conference in August) and is reading it to her friend who has been recovering from cancer. Mona is excited about life again. She is happy to know that God lives and loves her and guided her to this church at this time.
Having a knowledge and testimony of my Savior has personally changed my life. In times of trouble or distress I have hope! I can look forward. I also know that even in my darkest hour Christ and his angels are near, sometimes literally bearing me up: He is near me! I also know that everything has a purpose and happens for a reason even though I can’t always make sense of it now or here in mortality. I also know that I am loved, even when I am undeserving of love. Because of Christ I know that I can change my bad habits, forgive more easily, love more unconditionally, and endure to the end. Jesus Christ is my friend and my Savior. He is my everything. The more I come to understand His life and His Atonement, the more loved I feel. I am truly grateful for this knowledge.
How has having a testimony of Jesus Christ affected your life? How did you gain a testimony (or witness) of Jesus’ divinity and mission? What would you suggest those still trying to come to that knowledge?
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