I love writing, and I really love being a Mormon blogger. I am passionate about my faith and have always found Mormonism to be incredibly fascinating. I love Mormon doctrine, and I love to teach it. Throughout my life I’ve often expressed that to do so is among my favorite things. Some might describe me as having a strong conviction — I would agree.
When I first became active in the Church at age 17, I read Bruce R. McConkie’s “Mormon Doctrine” from cover to cover — like a novel. (I’m kind of a dork like that.) I was like this huge sponge — soaking up every ounce of gospel truth I could get my hands on, and I loved every minute of it. That was the beginning of my love to study the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the years have gone by, my time and passion to deeply study the gospel have been intermittent.
Early in my journey of faith, I was blessed with a powerful witness to the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon — because I asked. However, it wasn’t until after my fifth child was born that I began a serious study of its content, which included more than just a daily investment of my time. That child is now almost 23. I did this upon the challenge of my then stake president. I had been called to serve as the education counselor (Do they even call it that anymore?) in our stake Relief Society presidency and felt the weight of my call to teach and train with power.
I can’t stress enough the importance of developing our testimony of the gospel upon the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. Not just upon the content of the book, but upon its truthfulness. My experience has taught me that there is a significant difference. In fact, I believe that difference has the power to enable us to withstand the very real and inevitable buffetings of the adversary. I have always found it significant to acknowledge the point in my relationship with The Book of Mormon that I came to know it is true. It was not after years of deep study of its pages. Rather it was during my initial contact and deep desire to know, for myself, of its truth. The results of which, no question, changed the course of my life. I knew it would, and that’s why I had to know for sure — is it true? Continue reading