8 years ago today I made the best decision in my entire life. I choose to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On that day, I was baptized a member of the church and made special covenants with my Father in Heaven to obey His commandments and to do my very best while here on this earth. I stood in front of family, close friends, new friends and even strangers. It was a hard decision to make because I was stepping out on my own, making a choice that not everyone understood or even supported, but it also was an easy decision to make because I knew it was right. I knew I had received my own personal witness, answer, that this is God’s church restored here on Earth today. I knew the church was true then, and I still know it is true today.
Over the past 8 years I have been able to grow closer to my Heavenly Father, better understand His plan, and feel more deeply the love my Savior Jesus Christ has for me. Over the past 8 years I have had the opportunity to be sealed to the man of my dreams in God’s holy temple, where man and woman can be married for time and all eternity. Over the past 8 years I have been given the humbling privilege to bear 2 beautiful children and begin to raise them in the covenant here on this earth. Over the past 8 years I have had the opportunity to serve in many church callings where I have seen great growth in myself and my personal testimony of the gospel. Over the past 8 years I have been able to feel the love my Heavenly Father has for me personal. I have been able to feel special knowing that I am His beloved daughter.
I love this gospel with my entire heart. I know it is God’s church on earth today. I know its teachings are true. I know my Savior died for me and for each of us here on this earth because he has a love that is uncomprehendable to us. I know the Bible is the word of God, as is The Book of Mormon. I know we have a living prophet here on earth today that leads us and guides us. I know we have a Father in Heaven who loves each of us so very much and wants to bless us. I know as we follow His commandments and do our very best, each of us may have the opportunity to one day return to live with Him again. That is my hope, desire and prayer.**
And, to leave you with a few pictures of my family. Without the gospel and without them you would not see this smile on my face!! I love them so much!