November 01, 2015

Before today, it had been a long time since I last shared my testimony in church. A few weeks ago I told Stefan I wish I would have gotten up to bear my testimony, and today he readily reminded me of that. So, up I went. And as it usually goes, once I sat down I couldn't remember a single thing I had just said. But I know what I hope I said. And in an effort to not forget it, here it is.

For the past few months I have been serving in Primary, teaching the nine-year-olds every Sunday. If I have learned anything from my time in Primary, I have learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is beautifully simple. I have come to recognize that my personal testimony of this Gospel is also simple, but it is strong. Today our lesson in Primary was about testimonies, and I wanted all my nine-year-olds to know I have a strong testimony of this Gospel. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know our loving Heavenly Father sent Christ to this earth to love us, teach us, serve us, suffer for us, and be crucified for us. I know Christ was resurrected, and because of His beautiful gift of the Atonement, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins every day. I know because of the Atonement, we can live with Heavenly Father and our Savior again. We can live forever with Them, and with our families.

I know families are crucial to the Plan of Salvation. The blessing of being sealed to those I love is one I hope I never take for granted. Being sealed to Stefan is the single best decision I have ever made. He is hands down the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel the love of the Savior through the way Stefan loves me. We are going to welcome a little baby boy into our family soon, and we have never been happier. Watching Stefan get so excited about being a dad is the best part of my life right now. I feel so blessed that Heavenly Father is going to trust us to raise one of his precious little children. We have a quote from President Boyd K. Packer hanging in our living room right now that says, "The end of all activity in the church is to see that a man and a women with their children are happy at home, sealed for eternity." That's where Stefan and I are right now. We are sealed, we are happy, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child. We are doing everything we can to prepare to be good parents. Over the last month or so, Stefan and I have grown closer than ever. We are happier than ever. I hesitate to call it a miracle, because feeling us falling more in love with each other every day is not unbelievable to me. But it is the most powerful, deepest love I have ever felt. I feel it from Stefan. I feel it from our Heavenly Father and our Savior. As we work to draw closer to Them, I feel their love and support. I feel Them lifting us and strengthening us so we can love each other better.

I have a testimony of the scriptures. A few days ago, Stefan and I were struggling to make a big decision. We had been wrestling with it for a long, long time - trying to choose between two really great, very different options. We were exhausted, but decided to still read some scriptures and pray together before falling asleep. I opened the Book of Mormon to the place we had last left off - 2 Nephi 32. I read the chapter out loud to Stefan, and it felt like someone must have been in the room listening to our conversation, then quickly written that chapter just for us and snuck it in the book. In only nine verses Nephi reminded us to search the words of Christ for our answers. He reminded us to pray always and to listen to the Spirit. I finished reading and we both laughed out loud. It was too perfect not to. It was such a perfectly timed answer.

I know our Father in Heaven knows us a loves us perfectly. I know we can pray to Him about anything, at any time. I know He answers prayers. I know He will guide our lives if we let Him. And I know if we let Him, He will lead us to the greatest happiness we could ever know. I pray every day I can live to be worthy of the blessings my Heavenly Father sends me. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. His Atonement is real. We can use it every day to become better - to become more like Him.

That's what I hope I said this morning. That's what I feel and what I know is true, without any doubts at all. Happy Sunday, little blog.

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Thanks for sharing your testimony. Reading it strengthen my testimony. I hope you are blessed with similarly faithful children that have been and continue to be a source of great joy to Lesa and me.

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