This might be a little morbid at first, but I’m just expressing my thoughts on the subject since so much has happened in the past few months.I’m sure most of you have seen the news lately but if you haven’t, there have been a LOT of mass murders, bombings, natural disasters, and other tragedies. More than 10 years ago, terrorists attacked the twin towers in New York and we’ve been at war with Iraq and Afghanistan ever since. Almost 10 years ago, a tsunami hit India. Then Hurricane Katrina hit the US. Earthquakes shook Haiti and Chile. An earthquake happened in the ocean near Japan and caused a tsunami to hit them. Hurricane Sandy happened this past year. There are wars breaking out what seems like everywhere in Africa. North Korea is threatening to nuke the US and other countries. The shooting at the movie theater in Colorado. Then the shooting last December in the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the shooting at the mall in Oregon. The recent bombings in Boston and the explosions in Texas. And numerous other tragedies and disasters. All within about a decade. Just 10 years for all of that and more!
I am so sad to see the world crumbling around us, to see the pain that other people are experiencing because of the horrible choices others have made. It wrenches my heart to see children starving or being forced to do unthinkable things or being killed for no reason. Terrible terrible things are happening all around us, everywhere in the world. And though it is absolutely heart wrenching and I am sad to see these things happen, I’m filled with peace and yes, even joy. Because of the knowledge I have. The knowledge that everything will be just fine and that all of these awful things are signs that have been prophesied by many prophets, signs that the end is near.
Seeing the signs of the times makes me a little excited because I know with all my heart that as long as I stand tall and strong and I do what I have been asked by my Heavenly Father, I will be just fine. There are still many signs that haven’t happened yet, so I know I have time to have a family and learn as much as I can before it happens. But no one knows just how much time that is. Even if I am killed by a terrorist, blown up in an explosion of some sort, or die in some natural disaster, I’ll be okay with that because I am trying my best to be the best I can be, to be the person I know I am. I don’t think I’ll die in some violent manner (I don’t know but I don’t think it will happen), but however it happens, it’s most likely because it’s my time to leave this Earth. I truly believe that. And another reason I’m excited: This world is really quite awful and I don’t like it here. I don’t like living where shootings and bombings happen every other day. I don’t like living where drunk drivers veer out of their lane and kill, whether on purpose or not. I don’t like wondering if the city I’m in is going to be blown up by a nuke (doubt it, but you never know). I don’t like hearing about all these things. So I’m excited because it’s coming to an end and I know that I have everything I need to make it through and back to Heavenly Father. And so I’ll be okay. As long as I keep believing, keep striving to do what I know is right, I’ll be okay.
I testify to you that this Gospel is true. I have prayed to God on more than one occasion about many different things and I have felt the Spirit confirm to me that, yes, this Gospel and everything that has to do with it is true. The prophets speak the words of the Lord. The temples we have are truly the House of the Lord. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are both true and they are both full of the knowledge we need and Heavenly Father’s words are written in them. I know it with all my heart and sometimes the Spirit is so overwhelming that I just want to shout from the top of a mountain for all the world to hear! I love this Gospel. What we learn every day and every week in church is good. It is only good. There is nothing wrong about it. Nothing! I love my Heavenly Father and my Brother, Jesus Christ. I love my family and my friends who I know love me and support and guide me in all that I do. I feel my Savior’s love every day of my life and I am so blessed to know how it feels. I love my life and the knowledge I have and I can’t begin to express just how much love that is. My life brings me joy and happiness and I know that I am doing good things.
I testify to you with all the energy of my heart and whole capacity of my being and my soul that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and that it really is Christ’s church. I testify, as much as is possible that He is our Savior and Redeemer. His love and our Father’s love is so great and pure and I am so grateful and happy and awestruck that they have given us the knowledge needed to make it back to them. I cannot wait for the day when I can see them again, fall on my knees and bathe their feet in my tears. I can’t wait to see the angels rejoicing that I made it back. I can’t wait to feel their arms around me, welcoming me home, with my family by my side. I can’t wait to hear my Father tell me how much He loves me. I can feel it now, and I know it, but I can’t wait to hear Him say it. I know this, ALL of it. I know it and I testify that it is true.
I say this all in the name of our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.