General Conference

It's the first weekend in October, and that means General Conference. Most of you know I'm Mormon (LDS), and if you didn't before, you know now. In the LDS church, we have a semi-annual general conference, held during the first full weekends in April and October each year. This general conference is the 181st semi-annual conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. This is a time where we as members of the church can come together to hear our prophet and apostles speak to us, and it's a pretty great blessing to be able to watch it from the comfort of my home from thousands of miles away.
Anyway, with it being time for general conference and all, I kind of feel like I should take a moment to share my testimony of the gospel with anyone who cares to read.

I know that this is the true church, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet who has been called by God to give us guidance and direction today.
I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the words of God and the prophets. I have read the Book of Mormon once, and am almost done reading it for the second time. I know that it is true and that it is another testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that, with the help of Heavenly Father, Joseph Smith translated the plates from which the Book of Mormon came.
I know that he, too, was a prophet called by God to restore the church to the earth today. I know that each and every one of the first presidency, quorum of the twelve, and quorums of the seventy have also been called by God, and that they all receive revelation. I know that Jesus Christ came to the earth so that he could not only set an example for us with the way he lived his life, but so that he could suffer and die for us. He gave us the atonement, which, in my eyes, is the greatest of any gift we could ever have. Through the atonement, we can repent of our sins (even the REALLY BIG ones), and be forgiven. I have a HUGE testimony of this, and I know that without the atonement, I would not be where I am today.
I am so thankful for the blessing of the temple, and the opportunity that we have to be sealed to our families forever. I know that after I die, I will be reunited with my family and loved ones, and that is a fantastic thing to know.
I am so grateful for the example that my parents have set for me, and the constant guidance that they have given me. I am thankful that they let me make my own mistakes and learn from them, and I'm glad that they have been there for me in both my best moments and my worst. I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us, and that He hears and answers our prayers. I believe in personal revelation, and know that if we pray with a sincere heart and an open mind, we will always get an answer. It may not be the answer we want, but He will never leave us in the dark, and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for the bishop who helped me get my life back on track. I'm thankful for understanding and nonjudgemental parents and friends. I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to be a member of this church, and to be a constant recipient of never-ending blessings from our Heavenly Father. I'm thankful for all that I have, and all that I know.

If you want to learn more about the church, you can always go to mormon.org or lds.org. If you have any questions you want to ask me, go ahead - I'm open to answering them, as long as you don't attack my beliefs.

--M&A

2 comments:

Amy Garner said...

This was a great conference, thanks for sharing your testimony :)

Mike and Alyx said...

I thought it was a really good conference, too!