I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I joined back in 1964 after a long struggle with faith. I had loved the Savior ever since I could remember, but the church of my youth deserted me as it moved into the intellect movement of the 60's. Without spiritual guidance, I fell away. The Lord distinguished between the words of my mouth and the longing of my heart. He knew that I wanted to believe and so he sent a young woman who told me the story of the Restored Gospel. She bore her testimony of Jesus Christ and promised me that I could know for myself and have my own testimony.

Now forty-six years later I can only thank her from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to the church. Indeed I do have my own testimony. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called to restore Christ's church to the earth. We have a prophet today who leads and guides us. I am so grateful for Latter-day scriptures that bear testimony of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the Word of God. It stands as another witness of the Savior and it's truths have touched my life in very personal ways.

I hope that my poetry reflects the growth of my testimony and my love for Jesus Christ.

Looking Back

I don't know if you have ever had one of those times in your life where your whole world was turned upside down and you couldn't find a footing at all.  When that happened to me, the emotional pain was incredible.  But it was during that time that I learned to pray - really pray.  Instead of "saying" my prayers, I found myself talking to my Father in Heaven and seeking - no begging for help in my life.  I really needed Him. 

The weeks and months that followed that realization opened for me a beautiful time of communion with God.  In my scripture reading and in prayers and in meditation I felt His love and caring.  He guided me and stayed with me.  I knew I was not alone.  And having learned those truths, it no longer mattered what had happened to bring to me that point.  I was just so grateful for that wonderful spiritual journey that grew out of the pain. 

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