Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Testimony of the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a very special book to me. It was by the Book of Mormon that not only did I realize for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true, but I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Priesthood of God was restored to the Earth, and that the full and pure teachings of the Savior were once again restored to all mankind. This book is true. You can know for yourself! Don't take any one's word for it, but by sincerely studying and praying to know of it's truthfulness, you WILL get an answer from the Holy Ghost that this account is real. I love studying from the Book of Mormon and the Bible together. Everything makes sense! Read, ask questions, pray about it! I testify that the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any other book and can get us closer to our Savior than by anything else.

I will admit, I was kind of sceptical at first when I read the promise at the end of the Book of Mormon written by the last prophet Moroni. He gives a powerful promise to anyone who will read the Book of Mormon saying,

" And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

I had finished the Book of Mormon and desperately wanted to know if it was really true. I had grown up with this faith...was it just my parent's, or mine as well? After finishing the Book, I set it down next to my bed and I knew what I needed to do next. I was afraid to pray! What if I didn't get an answer!?! What if all the things I believed were false!?! However, I knew that the only way to find out for myself was to take the advice of Moroni and to pray. I knelt down at the edge of my bed, and I began to offer a simple, sincere prayer to my Heavenly Father. I told Him that I wanted to know if this book was really true and if the faith of my fathers was real. An overwhelming peace came over me. Usually I have thoughts rushing in and out of my head, things from the day, people I need to visit, stuff I need to get done; but for one incredible moment, there was NOTHING in my head, just peace. I knew that was my answer. I felt completely content with life, everything was going to be ok, and I KNEW that the Book of Mormon was true.

Everyone receives answers differently. I know some who felt a blanket of warmth sweep over them as they prayed, some felt joyful, some feel inspired. There are so many ways to feel the spirit. However, Heavenly Father knows us perfectly, and will give us the answer that we need in His own due time. My prayer about the Book of Mormon was not the first time that I had prayed about it. It took time. It took effort, but most of all, it took faith that an answer would come. And it will! If you don't know for yourself if the Book of Mormon is true, then I give you the same invitation as Moroni. Read it! Study it! Ask questions! Then turn to the source of all wisdom and ask God if it's true. This book has changed my life, and I know that it will change yours if you let it.

Testimony of the Book of Mormon

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Comments on "My New Life"

This Mormon Messages video, "My New Life" has changed me. I had never seen it before, maybe you have, but there was something incredibly special and humbling about it. How often do I take everything in my life for granted? How often do I go throughout life just day to day without stopping to look at the beauties that are around me, including my family? Life can change in less than a second, and if we're not careful, we may miss the big picture. We may miss that everything we have is on loan to us from a loving Heavenly Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine.

Next time you see or talk to a family member or good friend, tell them you love them. How often do we forget to do that. I know I do. There are so many opportunities to look beyond ourselves, to see farther than we think we can. This week, I am going to try to look for the little blessings, and thank Heavenly Father every night for them. Join me?

My New Life

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The inside scoop...

I can only imagine how curious people are about what happens on a regular daily basis. I was always so curious before I came out as to missionaries actually DO!  Well, let me sum it up for you...we talk to people about Jesus Christ, and invite them to change their lives in Him. Sounds easy? Possibly. Personally, I find missionary work to be a variety of different things including fun, frustrating, exhilarating, tragic, humbling, and hopeful to name a few. How many people go around and talk to random people about God. In this day in age, that subject is unfortunately something that not many people care to discuss. However, one thing that we emphasize as missionaries is that we are not here to take away people's faith in Christ, but to add to it.

Our day consists of studies in the morning, service at the Local Food bank (which I LOVE by the way),  and the rest of the day is appointments/ finding new people to teach. One thing I love is going to bed at night happy because I know that we have worked hard trying to share the message of hope and love that we have with everyone that we meet. The Church of Jesus Christ, the VERY church that Christ established when He was on the Earth has been restored to the Earth in its purity and fullness! How neat is that!?! I love sharing that with people. With that knowledge, people's lives can and will change for the better,but first we have to trust in that God that gave us life. We really can know truth, if we simply take some time to learn of Christ, to read of Him. The Bible is a great way to gain that knowledge, also reading from the Book of Mormon answers life deepest questions. The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible. It's main purpose is to convince everyone that Jesus really is the Christ, to add a second witness to the validity of the Bible, and to show the world that Christ's church is back on the Earth today.

It's simple really. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a prophet, called of God to restore the Church, if he was a prophet, then God truly does talk to man in our day! I love it! I love the message we share. That's what we do. As missionaries, we are normal people, but we have a divine calling and purpose. What more could I want?!?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just gettting started!

I've never had a blog before, but I'm excited for this new adventure. As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my testimony of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

I feel really blessed to have this opportunity to serve. I love meeting new people and sharing amazing spiritual experiences with them! Sure, missionary work is hard, really hard, but the rewards from sharing the gospel with others far outweigh the struggles that we go through.

I decided to name the blog "Hurrah for Israel" because of one of my favorite stories. Two men, Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball were asked by the Lord to serve missions. They and their families were all suffering from a serious illness and it was almost impossible for them to even get out of bed. However, they had faith in the Lord and knew that if they still went, they and their families would be greatly blessed. As they struggled into the wagon that was going to take them away to their unknown future, both Brigham and Heber couldn't stand the thought of leaving their wives and children still lying in bed sick. They stopped the wagon, struggled to help each other to stand and cried with a loud voice, HURRAH, HURRAH, HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!!! Their wives heard them and came to the door to wish them farewell. This shout of hope and encouragement is something we can all say when we go though rough times in our lives. With faith in the God of Israel, nothing is impossible. Hurrah for Israel!