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I Know Who I Am

This has always been one of my favorite songs, but my favorite part of this video is the testimonies of the youth who were involved! When I was their age, I would have been way too worried about what people think to do something like this. But, in the words of my mission president, Jack R. Christianson, “I’d rather be a happy nerd than an unhappy cool dude!”

More Than Just a Book

“Has the fact that we have had the Book of Mormon with us for over a century and a half made it seem less significant to us today? Do we remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon? In the Bible we have the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament is the English rendering of a Greek word that can also be translated as covenant. Is this what the Lord meant when He called the Book of Mormon the “new covenant”[in D&C 84]? It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. This is one of the reasons why we have recently added the words “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” to the title of the Book of Mormon.” –President Ezra Taft Benson

I’ve never thought of reading the Book of Mormon as a covenant before, but when I read this talk by President Benson this morning, it was like a lightbulb went off for me! What is a covenant? A two way promise between me and my Heavenly Father.

If we promise to “read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in [our] hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true.”, then His promise to us is that, “those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)

But wait! There’s more! As usual, His promise gets better if you keep reading to find out that, “Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.”-Introduction to the Book of Mormon

Making and keeping covenants is one of the most important things we can do in this life. I’d never thought of studying the scriptures as such, but now I’m THAT much more motivated to do it diligently and enthusiastically!

How Firm a Foundation

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? … “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” Matthew 16:13, 16–19

“Peter was to hold the keys. Peter was to hold the sealing power, that authority which carries the power to bind or seal on earth or to loose on earth and it would be so in the heavens. Those keys belong to the President of the Church—to the prophet, seer, and revelator. That sacred sealing power is with the Church now. Nothing is regarded with more sacred contemplation by those who know the significance of this authority. Nothing is more closely held…Temples are the very center of the spiritual strength of the Church.” -Boyd K. Packer

As missionaries, we’re asked fairly often what the difference is between our church and other churches. If someone believes in Jesus Christ, and they live a good life, why should they leave their church to come to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?

The priesthood power, the literal authority to act in God’s name, is the reason. Because by accepting ordinances under the proper authority, we literally invite the power of God into our lives. The power to wash away our sins, the power to be relieved from feelings of guilt and shame, the power to have His Spirit with us at all times, the power to know that we can be with our family forever.

This power has blessed my life beyond measure, giving me peace and assurance no matter what the world throws at me. It provides a foundation that will stand steady and sure. That is the difference. That is why I belong to the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.