My Testimony

My Testimony

As you read through all of my blog, I hope it becomes apparent where I stand on everything. However, just in case, I want to make it crystal clear where I stand and what I believe.

I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. By "word of God," I mean that I believe it teaches true and correct principles. By following its teachings, we draw closer to God, just as we would by following the words of God given to us through any prophet, whether ancient or modern. I believe the Book of Mormon is a translation of an actual ancient record. I believe that Nephi, Mormon, Moroni, and all the people in between were real individuals, and the Book of Mormon is a genuine history of those people. I believe that Joseph Smith was directed to the plates by Moroni and translated them through the gift and power of God. The Book of Mormon came forth just as Joseph Smith said it did.

I believe that the Church is led by honest men who are trying their best to live honorable lives. It is their intention to guide the members of the Church to live lives in harmony with the teachings of Christ. I believe they know that the Church is true. They are sincere followers of Christ and special witnesses of His divinity and reality. They are the only ones holding all the keys to guide and direct the Church. It would be foolish for anyone to take their counsel lightly, even if it is based only on personal experience and opinion, and especially if it comes through them in their roles as prophets, seers, and revelators.

I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, and I believe that Brigham Young is his authorized successor. I believe that the line of priesthood keys flows unbroken from them to President Nelson.

Most importantly, I believe in Jesus Christ. The above beliefs are important because they help us understand Jesus Christ and His divine role in helping us draw closer to God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he lived, died, and was resurrected. I testify of these things in His Holy Name, Amen.


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