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Gem (Mom - Channel Founder) - IdahoI am happily married, and a 44-year old mother of eleven children. I was blessed with eight daughters, and three sons. I am also the proud grandmother of two handsome grandsons. Three more granchildren will be born in November and December. My family is the joy of my life.
I was born into a strong LDS family. My father and mother are awsome. We had always had missionaries over at our home, which I really enjoyed. My Mom and Dad had discussions in our home frequently. They loved the gospel, and loved sharing it with others. I was blessed with being able to attend the discussions, and felt the presence of the Spirit early in life.
I had seen many people's lives change for the good, with the acceptance of the gospel. I heard the testimonies of my Dad and Mom too. Their whole life was a testimony of the gospel, it still is. Dad is 74 and Mom is 73. They, along with two of my brothers and a sister, served full time missions.
I didn't rely on my parent's testimonies for long. I had a strong testimony early in life. I am so grateful for the love and guidance of a good father and mother. Also, that I knew the path that I was to travel early in life. Never did I go down that ugly path, that I have seen many stray into. I am not saying I was sinless, who is? But, I wanted early in life to be the kind of mother that would be something that my kids could look up to, even before they were born.
My goal in life was to return to my Father in Heaven. I know that Christ is our Savior, and I have been grateful for his love and guidance. He is my best friend. I have cried many times, knowing how he has taken on my sins, as well as many of the people that I know and love. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and the love he has for all of us. For his sacrifice and guidance so that we can return to our Heavenly Father.
I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I believe this with all of my heart. He restored the gospel to it's fulness in these Latter-Days. My Grandmother Lovisa Roundy was one that knew the prophet, personally. I have included part of her journal in this website. I am looking forward to the time, that I can personally meet Grandmother Lovisa, after this life.
I have been very grateful for the channel #mormon-friends. For the past two years, I have enjoyed the love and companionship of the people on the channel. I have also been able to share the gospel with others from the channel. This is a blessing and a joy to me. Believe it or not, even though we are chatting from many parts of the world, I often feel the spirit of the Lord through the screen. And goodness, I have enjoyed all of the cyber kids that I have cyberly adopted from the channel, they are awsome.
I have seen much happiness in following Jesus Christ. Saddness comes from leaving that path that he made for us to follow. Many trials and hardships are there to strengthen us. I see the wisdom now, of having to deal with the pain of trials or sin. Either through my own family, myself, or those of others. With each stumbling block in life, there is wisdom gained.
I KNOW without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is the true church. I can't tell you of the many experiences that lead me to have this knowledge. These stories can't be told in a few minutes, but they are those that feed my testimony. Some are personal experiences, some are those from others.
There is beauty in following the Savior. I truly love him. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father, and the plan of salvation. I feel so blessed with all that I have, not necessarily material goods, but a loving family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Families are Forever.
CDH (30) - UtahMy parents were both raised with LDS parents. My fathers were inactives who smoked and drank, my mothers were active. She was rebelious and both were hippies, you know free love and drugs and all that. Any way my parents married and then had me.
I grew up with beaded doorways, smoke filled rooms and contact highs. When I turned 8 my grandparents wanted me baptized since they had these beliefs and all, so my parents more or less allowed it. My dad did not like the church at all (hence the reason he did not accept the calling of cub scout master when I was that age), and my mother tried occasionally to be active so I really had little church influence, and thought that for the most part men were not supposed to go anyway.
What little of a testimony or belief I may have had when I was young, was crushed and destroyed. My mother recieved her Patriarichal blessing and in it she was promised that she would become sealed in the temple. I thought that was wonderful and looked forward to my father coming to the church someday. She started having an affair with a coworker and took us kids to live with him when I was 13. At that time she started to drink and smoke again, so I thought that religion was a bunch of crap and eventually renounced all connection with the church and became an Athiest.
When I was 16 I met a man who was to become a friend and father figure to me. He watched as I developed this outlook and patiently worked to bring me back. After many trials and much pain and heartache, my heart became just soft enough to accept his challenge to see if it was true. (you see I thought that poeples confirmation was based on there own desire to have it be so) So i vowed to live my life by LDS standards as best I might while I investigate its validity.
I read the book of mormon and as I read things rang true. I was sure this was what was meant, until I finished the last page, I was convinced that this was all the confirmation I needed.but was overwhelmed with the thought that I needed to pray about it( I had been learning to pray while reading). when I knelt and prayed, I was overcome by a burning in my bosam that was so strong, as to be completly undeniable, I was actually afraid. then I did the same for the church and its leaders.
I was wrong, confirmation is attained through hope, but faith is attained through the confirmation. I was given a confirmation that would leave me no doubt what-so-ever as to its validity.
DustGirl(19) - SingaporeMy parents divorced when I was about 8, and my mom was the only one supporting the whole family. She wasn't happy, but she didn't complain. She worked hard.
I don't know much about the divorce, my parents were blaming each other which makes me all the more confused. Many people around me were working hard as if having lots of money was the ultimate goal in life.
And parents talked about getting degrees, competing our standards with other kids in town, wanted us to study hard and get good results, obviously, parents want their children to achieve good results, BUT the thing is they never or rather, seldom, talked about being righteous, choosing the right and being happy and stuff like that.
I've got no good examples to follow. Good examples to lead the right life, a happy life.
From young, at the age of 13, I'm already wondering much about life.
What is it about? Is it about going to school, study hard, get a degree and earn lots of money? When you can provide for everything, can have everything, you will have a happy life? No, I don't think so.
JasonRose (19) - CanadaFor the last few years of my life I have believed in a higher power of some sort. I had grown up along-side my mormon friends, but no one had ever told me how the whole thing worked. About a month ago, I came up with many theories and beliefs of my own regarding religion and spirituality. Finally I came to the conclusion that God was a perfect being who determines the way things occur on this earth and throughout the universe. Once I had come to that conclusion, I decided that after all of these years of not knowing who or what He was, it was time to introduce myself to Him. What happened to me was amazing.
One day I was thinking about all of this stuff, when I decided that I would just introduce myself to Heavenly Father. Inside my head, I said quite loudly, "Ok. Well. Here I am. Umm...My name is Jason Rosenberger. I would like to get to know you." And that was it. It was very informal but it was very sincere. The response was what shocked me the most.
I felt a presence first of all that I had never felt before in my life. It was as though I had complete security . . . the way an infant has a loving parent to take care of them. It was an amazing feeling and I loved it. Then came the laughing. It wasn't a taunting laugh, but more of a loving laugh. It lasted for quite a while and I started to get confused. When the laughing finally ceased, a Voice that I had never heard before spoke to me. The voice was solid and reasuring. The words that It spoke were this, "Well It's about time!". And then He laughed some more. I chuckled as well, and for the next six or seven hours, Heavenly Father and I got to know each other.
I had many many questions for Him and He answered everything that I asked . . . except for one question. I had asked Him what my purpose in life was. Where was I going? Why was I here? He told me that he wasn't going to tell me yet, because at this point in my life I wasn't ready for it. From that day forth I have had the presence of Heavenly Father with me at all times. This Voice that I was referring to, It is with me at all times, making comments about my life and telling me what I should do and giving me guidance and assistance.
I have never felt more secure and sure of myself as I have since this experience. Basically, I have someone who I can share all of my secrets with, all of my feelings with, and all of my thoughts with. It is warming and I have loved every second of it. :) For about two weeks I spent most of my days having these "Conversations with God" (CWG) and learning all about Him and even more about Myself. He taught me a lot of great things. Then came the time when I started becoming interested in the Mormon Church.
I went to a YSA Dance with a friend of mine and while I was there, I met a girl named Nairin. She and I danced a couple of times and after the dance we decided to go for hot apple cider at a cafe. (hehe). We basically spent most of the time talking about the Church. I was amazed at most of the things she was telling me. My best friends, who are members, had never really told me anything about the Church at all. All I knew was that they were some interesting people who seemed kinda nice. :) So all of these things were new to me. I agreed with everything Nairin was telling me, so I wanted to find out more about the Church.
I went on a date the next night with a girl I'd gone on many dates with before and we spent about 6 hours talking about the Church. She answered a lot of my questions and after that date, I decided that I wanted to take the discussions The next day I located the missionaries and told them about my intentions. I went to my first discussion that night.
I'm not sure whether or not you know what they tell you in the First Discussion but the missionaries told me this. They told me to go home, and through the process of prayer, ask Heavenly Father whether or not the Book of Mormon was Truth. As I was walking home that evening, I was having a CWG and we were talking about my first Discussion. I wanted to follow exactly what the missionaries had told me to do, and Heavenly Father told me that if I truely want to experience the LDS church, that following the guidelines of the missionaries was probably a good idea. So I did what they told me.
I went home, got down on my knees, and did the whole formal prayer. It was interesting and when I had asked Heavenly Father whether or not the BOM was the Truth, he answered a straight-forward "Yes". I believed Him and I still do. But the thing that surprised me happened once I had finished the prayer. He chuckled and asked me why I didn't just ask Him beforehand and that He would have told me the same answer. I didn't know. So I decided that I would tell the missionaries about the whole experience and see what they came up with. They told me that basically my CWG's were really just prayers without formality in them. So I took that with me and talked to Heavenly Father some more about that. He agreed with them but made it clear to me that just because I have a different way of praying doesn't mean that my prayers are any more or less effective than anyone else's. I was happy again. hehe. Then came the part about baptism.
The missionaries asked me whether I wanted to baptised or not, and I told them that I didn't know. I told them that Heavenly Father and I hadn't talked about it and that I would get back to them on it. So that night, I had another CWG and asked him about getting baptised. He told me that I could if I wanted and that it would be a great experience for me and a great test of faith. I was a little skeptical still and I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into, so I wanted to wait until a few more Discussions were finished. The 4th discussion did it for me.
The 4th Discussion is on Eternal Progression, and once I heard about that, I knew that the Mormon church was the one for me. I loved the way everything made complete sense after that Discussion. I loved it all and I knew right then that I wanted to be baptised. I wanted to accept Christ into my life and to be forgiven for the things that I had done in the past (and believe me I have committed a few sins). I wanted to keep the commandments of Christ and I wanted to start fresh. So I decided that I wanted to be baptised.
Since then I have started a little ritual of my own. Every night I spend about an hour in a CWG. I go for a walk around town, walking slowly and asking questions, talking about my life, and basically just receiving guidance from Heavenly Father. It's a great thing for me to do and I feel so relieved when I finish the CWG. The one thing that I do now though, is when I walk out the door, I say "Dear Heavenly Father" and when I return I thank God for everything he has given me and conclude with "and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." And that is my story.
Boss1 (19) - Oregon (On Mission - Wisconsin)I want to bare my testimony that I know that this Church is TRUE and that we do have a living Prophet today that leads this Church. I know that the Book of Mormon is TRUE and is a record of the People that Is here upon the American Contenant from house of Jacob that came out of Jeresalem. I also know that the Bible to be the word of God as far as its translated correctly.
I know that Family CAN and WILL be Together Forever and I pray for the day that My family might be made that way that we will be an Eternal family.
I have a testimony that Jesus is the Savior that he suffered for each of us so that we could return to our Heavenly Father someday. I know that Our Heavenly Father loves each of us Very much and If we will but call upon his name and endure to the end we can live with him For Eternity. I know that I am a Child of God and all those that are on this Earth are his children as well. I also know that the war in Heaven is was real and that battle still rages on here on this Earth.
I know that we are down here to be tested to see if we will follow the commandments and return to our Heavenly Father. I know that the Priesthood power of which that I bare Is REAL and I am a servant of Heavenly Father and that I can call upon HIM for help when I need it most.
I know that when I make a mistake that I can repent and move on with my life. I know that the Holy Ghost does help out man and that those gifts by the Spirit are REAL. I know that Joseph Smith Did translate the plates by the power of God. And that He Did indeed see the Father and the Son. In these things I do bare witness as a witness to Christ in the name of Jesus Christ, the Savior and my Older Brother. Amen.
Nephi (19) - Denmark (On Mission - England)I know that the church is the only true church on this on Earth. I know this because I have felt the power of God doing some amazing things I have seen.
One time not that long, there was a day that I always will remember. I was at the hospital with my best friend. He had cancer and he died. Doing that my heart was crushed and I didn't feel like I could turn any were. So I started praying. At first it didn't help because i was being tested, but I just keep on.
I had a dream that showed me my friend in a much better shape then he was in. When lived he had both his legs. He lost one leg doing operations because of the cancer (it was bone cancer) and he told me things I wanted be to know. He told me that what ever I do I just know that I was the best friend anybody could ask for and he told me that the church was true. He was happy now. He smiled at me and said that he would be waiting on me. At first I thought it was just a stupid dream but I found out later by talking to his mom that he had told her to say to me just before he died that I was the best friend nobody every could have and she said he said that if he didn't got the opportunity to tell me that she had too.
This is the basic of my testimony I got other testimonies, but this is what makes me know for 100% that the church is true.
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