Friday, January 14, 2011
The experience that changed my life
I was fifteen. (two months before my sixteenth birthday) I wanted to know who God really was, and which of all the many churches were true. I had studied and prayed, and I really wanted to know.
One night, I knelt down by my bed. I poured out my heart to God asking to know whether or not the things that I had studied were true.
What happened next became a very sacred experience that changed my life.
An indescribable feeling of warmth and love beyond any feeling I could have ever imagined or experienced on my own, testified of truth. I had been taught that I lived with God (my Heavenly Father) before I came to earth. I knew then that this was true. I knew then that he loved me beyond measure. I knew then with a surety that I was a part of God’s great plan and that my life had purpose. I knew that I was sent here to this earth to learn and to grow…to experience, to be tested and to prove my faithfulness. I knew then that it was possible for my family to be together after this life, and not just until “death do you part”.
I knew that I wanted to be with my family after this earthly life, and I knew what steps that I needed to take, and how I needed to live in order for this to happen. It was an experience that I will never, ever, forget. I had received pure knowledge that I am literally God’s daughter, and that I will know Him when I see Him again~after this life of forgetfulness. I had been given glimpses and feelings of remembrance. I was filled with joy beyond measure. I became a different person. I wanted to share this knowledge with everyone because I knew that God loved everyone as much as he loved me, and desired everyone to have this same knowledge.
Yesterday while pondering my scriptures, my eyes were directed to this verse. “And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.”
Through a recent course of events, it became clear to me, that God wanted me to teach what I had learned about His nature, and my (our) relationship to Him. I know that He loves each of us beyond comprehension, and He wants each of us to study, learn, and then pray to Him so that He can show the truth to each one of us personally.
The very creator of the universe and of all that is beautiful and good, has communicated truth with me~insignificant little me. After my experience, my greatest desire became to tell everyone about His truths. I know that if you seek His truth, He will communicate it to you also, and He is waiting for you to ask and find out for yourself.
“We know, because the Lord has revealed it in this our day, that we are the spirit children of an exalted, glorified being, a holy man who has a body of flesh and bones and who is our Father in Heaven.” (Bruce R. McConkie)
“You are His child all the time, not just when you are good, you are his child when you are bad. You have within you a portion of Divinity that is real and tremendous and marvelous and wonderful.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley)
“And now we’re here-our memories are veiled-and we’re showing God and ourselves what we can do. And nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through this veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us.” (President Ezra Taft Benson)
I do not know everything, but in addition to the above knowledge, I know that God lives and desires to communicate with us. I know that His precious son is Jesus Christ, a separate being with the same love and purpose as His Father. A love so perfect that He fulfilled His Father’s will by coming to earth on our behalf.
He who had created the earth under Heavenly Father’s direction, agreed to come to earth as a helpless little baby. He lived to show us the way, and He died and was resurrected so that we might overcome the grave and live again. He took upon Him our sins so that if we repent, we will make it back to our Father’s presence. I know that the Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead. He is in the form of a man, but without body yet. I know His purpose is to communicate Heavenly Father’s love and truth to each of us, as I have witnessed time and time again.
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