I'm pretty good at posting all the places we go. I can recap our adventures with some words and photos and you get a pretty good idea of what we did and the fun we had. I love our adventures. But there's something more precious and important to me than all the places I go and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ and being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Over the past three years my testimony has grown exponentially. I can say with all my heart and soul that I know that this church is true. I know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me at every moment in my life. I know he is aware of everyone and that he loves everyone. Oh how I know that through and through. When I met someone for the first time I could feel the love He has for them. It's undeniable.
I know that He listens and answers my prayers. He has answered my prayers through people, scriptures, conference talks, temple attendance...and through the Holy Ghost whispering to me exactly what I need when I needed it most.
I know that there is a strength that can only be found by scripture study. And that if you ask for help to understand them it will come.
I know that through the power of the Holy Ghost you can do anything. I was given the courage to do something I wouldn't normally have done. I said things I didn't even know I knew.
I realized that this gospel is the only thing that gives me true happiness.
I know that it is because of this gospel and the priesthood that I have an eternal marriage and an eternal family.
I also know the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It not only allows me to repent, but it also fills me with joy, hope, faith, love, and charity.
I know that this church is lead by a true prophet who speaks to God and God speaks to him. He will never lead us astray. Never.
I don't think I could have ever said any of these things with a surety if it wasn't for my service to Him these past three years. And as badly as I was ready to be released, when it happened, my heart broke a little. I know I was overwhelming blessed these past three years, beyond what I can even comprehend. I know that my service has rooted my testimony to conversion. I know that I can do hard things and make it through the thickest of times with the Lord by my side. And I am little scared that all of that will go away now that my stewardship of service will change. But I know that's not true. As long as I continue to stay as strong as I am now the blessings that are mine will come to me. He will never leave me.
A little secret: in my little mind I kept thinking once I am released from being a relief society president my big reward will be a baby...I know that Lord doesn't really work that way but I sorta which He did. But I've also learned that I am really happy with the little family that I have right now, even if my kids are furry and four legged.