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.

Ever Learning and Never Able to come to a Knowledge of Truth

I love to read.  I cannot imagine a world without books.  I read fiction and non-fiction alike. I have relished all fourteen books of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  I marvel at fantasy authors who can use that genre to teach life lessons.  I love how historical fiction can bring history to life right before your very eyes. Biographies line our bookshelves - not because we liked every person we read about but because we learned so much from each one.

But I have a frustration with today's information age - a frustration made very apparent each election year. Information does not equal truth.  We have to work very hard today to study all points of view and try to determine for ourselves what it truth.  Sometimes it doesn't matter - we are just looking for solutions and there is no one way to do something.  But often the news or the candidates or the books are preaching what they believe to be truth and then you change the channel only to hear someone else declare the exact opposite to be true.  I feel like I would need a college degree to find out who is right.  I still am not sure if we are experiencing global warming.  Our coldest winter ever here in Michigan this year seems to dispel that theory and yet in my heart I know we have a global problem that just isn't going away.

It was earlier in my life that I wrote this poem.  It was a confusing time of my life and I was frustrated with the search for truth and the proliferation of information all around me.  My frustration with the search for truth has not deterred my reading.  I do love the world of books.  You can find me on Goodreads writing my reviews and looking for more books to read.

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