Saturday, July 26, 2008

My Testimony of the Prince of Peace

The Bible and Book of Mormon give the way to know the truth of all things - through the gift of the Comforter (the Holy Ghost - the 3rd member of the Godhead - He who was given to us in the Savior’s absence to be our link to Him and His Father). He will reveal the truth of all things to us and give us comfort and peace in this life until we are able to return to the presence of the Lord, fall at His feet and praise Him for His tender mercy that allows us to come nigh unto the throne of God. I rely on Him as I read and ponder and pray, since that is what my Lord and Savior graciously commanded me to do - and since that is the way that He has promised me peace.

I have been asked why I believe what I believe. It is because I have studied just about every religious teaching available and what I have come to accept is what I believe the Holy Ghost has confirmed to my heart as the source of ultimate joy, peace, love and unity with God, my Father, and His Son, Jesus, the Christ. It’s what I feel to the depths of my soul, and it has brought insight and understanding and assurance and miraculous inspiration and joy and peace that I cannot begin to describe adequately here.

I literally have seen the physical elements abated; I have participated in healing the sick and binding up the broken heart; I have seen the wonderful fruit of sweet repentance; I have felt to sing the song of redeeming love; I have experienced a mighty change of heart and a desire to praise my God for His loving grace; I have seen lives change and souls shine forth out of previous darkness - all because of the atoning sacrifice of a God who condescended to give His life for those who accept Him.

Intellectual discussions are important to me, but it is far more important to me to continue the actual ministerial work that I do each day - strengthening the feeble knee and raising the failing spirit and visiting the sick and lonely and widowed in their affliction. I love God and try my hardest to love Him and my neighbor as He has asked me to do. My intellectual understanding of Him is important to me, but my spiritual relationship with Him is much, much more important - and my faith has brought that relationship. What’s in my head has changed, is changing and will change as I strive to study and learn; the peace that is in my heart never will.

6 comments:

Trestin said...

I like your blog. It's the and precious testimony that LDS blogs should be.

Jared said...

Thanks for sharing your testimony of the Savior. I feel as you do.

Jami said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

Tim Malone said...

It is wonderful to read your testimony of the Savior. I suspect some of your evidence for this testimony has come from years of trying to follow his example in serving others. I also read in your testimony evidence of the ministration of the priesthood. What an added blessing to be able to act in the name of the Lord in bringing blessings to others in this special way. Thanks for sharing.

Mama D said...

You do, indeed, follow His example in loving, serving, and helping others. I have been blessed for 26 years because of who you are and what you do. Thanks for sharing your testimony, as well as yourself, with others!

Patty said...

What a beautiful testimony.