In church this past Sunday, we had our monthly Testimony Meeting. In these meetings, members of the congregation, who feel the Spirit prompt them, will come up to the pulpit and share their testimony of different aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I always look forward to these meetings, and often share my testimony.
In this particular meeting, there were three individuals, all from different backgrounds, who spoke a similar theme. One of the speakers was a 12-year-old girl, not yet a member of our church. She expressed sincere gratitude to the missionaries for teaching her the gospel, and for helping her turn her life around. She said she used to be “out of control,” but has now calmed down and starting doing the right things. She is so happy to be a part of our congregation.
Another sister spoke of a close member of her family who had been making poor decisions for quite a while. Life was getting harder and harder for him. She had been praying for this person to have an experience where his eyes would be opened and he would realize he was on the wrong path. She said that her prayer had recently been answered. She is so grateful because now, this person she loves so dearly, has recognized that he has been missing God’s love in his life. He wants a relationship with his Father in Heaven again.
The third person whose testimony struck me has been coming back been to church, where he had been gone a long time. As he spoke, his humility and honesty were inspiring. He expressed a desire to continue to turn his life around and get worthy again to return to the temple. He knows he has done some wrong things. He knows that he needs to change to be truly happy, and he is trying really hard to do so.
Each of these people helped me see a theme, which is when we follow the commandments the Lord has set for us, we are at peace. We have hope, we feel love, and we see our true potential.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi said, “…And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them… (1 Nephi 17:3).”
In his mortal ministry, Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).”
I know this to be true. You can read more about how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keep the commandments here: http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/commandments