Saturday, March 14, 2009

I want to share my testimony with everyone

This week was really stressful at work. I won't go into details, but I had some controversial stories I had to cover. A lot of people got mad at me.

On Wednesdays, I have Institute. For those of you who are not members, it is a scripture study class for young adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This week I really didn't want to go, I was just stressed and wanted to crash. I decided it would probably be a good idea to go.

Sister Jensen is the teacher, and we are studying the Bible. We talked about Paul's missionary work, and having the armor of God on us at all time. She showed an old seminary video, that I remember watching when I was in seminary (a scripture class for high school students). It showed high school kids being tempted, and then it would flash back to ancient soldiers. Some of the soldiers felt it wasn't important to wear their armor at all times, and they took it off. That is when the enemy came and shot them with arrows. It flashed back to the high school students, and showed many of them being tempted at a party.

I could feel the Spirit, or the truthfulness of this message while it was playing. It really made me think about the important things in my life, and my testimony of Jesus Christ. It reminded me life is not going to be easy, and we are all going to make mistakes, but there is hope and there is a plan to be happy.

I just want to let everyone know I have a testimony of Jesus Christ. I know it is through his sacrifice we can be forgiven. Jesus also taught us how to be happy in this life. There is a plan, and prophets have been called to teach and remind us of that plan. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, and that we have a prophet of God today. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the face of the earth today. I am grateful for the scriptures; both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It is great to have two books to teach us of Christ. I have a very strong testimony of going to church. It is vital to remaining spiritually strong. I really would encourage anyone who is not going to church, to make that first step. You have to have that spiritual boost each week. I don't know how you can keep your testimony if you don't do that simple step.

I am grateful to have parents who taught me the truth when I was young. I am grateful I served a mission. It really helped me build a firm foundation for my life. I know I am not perfect, but I hope I can strive to be a good person, and be an example to others.

If you haven't gone to church lately, or read the Book of Mormon. I would really challenge you to do those two things. I promise, you won't be disappointed. Just do it!

4 comments:

Marsha Ault said...

Thanks for your testimony Josh. I can remember when you got your patriarchal blessing and it said you would always be active in Church. I miss being near you and feeling your sweet Spirit. We were at the temple today--we love you. Mama

Ally said...

Thanks for your testimony! I love you!

Bowie Bunch said...

I promise I'll go to church this Sunday! :)

The Bright Family said...

Are you coming to my house, to go to church at my church?