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A Brief Testimony

This morning in my prayers, I felt prompted to ask for the opportunity to share the gospel. As I look back at the day, I see some opportunities that I missed, being in the midst of work and other things. So, while there is probably no one in the world that reads my blog, I've decided to bear my simple testimony of Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon.

I find myself living in an age where it seems that religious people are ridiculed as being close-minded and judgmental. It is in this time where I draw great strength from the tireless testimonies of the ancient prophets of the Book of Mormon and modern prophets like Joseph Smith and Thomas Monson. A song that I really like goes like this:


In a day where people hunger

For our time when good men wander

A book is designed, to give help divine

For our day

It's a work and a wonder today.

It refers to The Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ that stands next to the witness of the Apostles in Jerusalem. To me, it is an anchor in a world that is driven back and forth like dust before the wind. I am so grateful for its teachings and its witness.

I am also grateful for the man who spent his entire life wading through the consequences of standing firm to his conviction that he had translated The Book of Mormon by the power of God and that it was true. Joseph Smith was an honorable man, and I believe his testimony.

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I anxiously await his return which will mend the broken-hearted at last. "Come, O, Thou King of Kings, we've waited long for thee" is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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