Thursday, August 25, 2011

Why am I Serving a Mission You Ask?

Trust Me! I have asked myself why I am serving a mission more than once. Why to I try to talk to people walking down the street? Why do I knock on strangers doors? Why do I exhaust myself just to share a message?

There are few things that I absolutely without-a-doubt  know, such as: 2+2=4, fire is hot, the sun will come up tomorrow, and that the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth by a living prophet. How do I know this you ask? A similar question was asked to a prophet long ago. His name was Alma and he was on a mission similar to what I am. He said, "And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?  Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me." (Alma 5: 45-46)

Some of you may also ask, how do you know something you can't see exists? Let me answer that by asking you a question that Boyd K. Packer asked members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If I held a red-hot branding iron, would it be more impressive to show it to you and tell you it's hot? Or would it be more impressive to blindfold you and touch it to your chest.

The Holy Ghost works the same way. I can't see him, but because of the feelings that he gives to me I know that he exists, and by that same power I know that Jesus is the Christ, and that he has again restored the fullness of his gospel to the earth in these days just as in times of old. This knowledge however, did not come all at once. Just as the prophet Alma, I have fasted and prayed many days to know of these things for myself, and the Lord has answered me through the power of the Holy Ghost. This knowledge has brought great happiness and blessings into my life.

What does this have to do with why I am serving a mission? Well, I'll tell you. We have a remarkable message of God's love for his children, that the fullness of His gospel has been restored, and he still leads and guides us today through a modern prophet. As I said before, this knowledge has blessed my life in so many ways that it would take me two eternities to count them all. That's why I'm here! To share this message with others so that they can feel and know the same things that I know and feel the love, happiness, hope, joy, comfort, long-suffering, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5: 22-23) that I have felt in my life.

In the book of Matthew he says this about prophets, " Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20) The fruit of the modern prophet is the Book of Mormon and I promise you that if you study from the Book of Mormon and ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ if it is true with a sincere heart, real intent, having faith in Christ. God WILL tell you it's true by the same power that I know it is true, and Alma knew it was true, and the 14 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saint's know that it is true. This is why I'm here.

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1 comment:

  1. Your testimony has now strengthened mine! thank you!