I have tried to think of a better title than “Heroes,” but I cannot think of anything better. There are a few I would like to write about, mostly people within my own life and how they have influenced me. I am a religious man, one who has many heroes, one who has a limited understanding of how the world works. I know there is a great deal more I am meant to do and learn as I live each day. I feel it necessary to testify as to the divinity of Christ and the loving nature of our Father in Heaven. We may be attacked daily because of our beliefs and how they are contrary to the ways of the world, we may be criticized for our political and religious views, but this matters not to me. I testify of the atoning blood of our Savior and His eternal dedication for our return to Him and the Father.
I testify there are miracles occurring daily upon this earth, though we may not see them they still happen. I am thankful for the opportunity to further my education and to become the person I am meant to be, or rather the person He wants me to become. I know I am a son of a loving Father in Heaven, and Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, He is mighty to save, the Everlasting One who will be there to carry me when I am in need. I testify of the Great Plan of Happiness; of all days, we need it in our day. We need that eternal hope it offers, we need the purity of heart it brings, and we need the forgiveness it gives. I know I do not understand the Atonement as well as others, but I do know it is there for us to take advantage of.
I testify our prayers are heard and answered in ways we may not understand at this time, but we eventually will. I testify of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I testify Apostles and Prophets are again on this earth, and we may receive personal revelation as we commune with our Father in Heaven in the name of the Only Begotten Son. I know healings still take place; I know there are angels working the works of our Savior upon this earth. I know there are things we do not comprehend as of yet, but through the workings of the Spirit we may do so. There is not belief in this testimony; I know these things to be true because the Spirit has manifested it. If we will but kneel down in solemn and humble prayer we will be given the answers we seek. We only need to ask.
To all those who are seeking some sort of peace in this life, it is here for the taking. You only need reach out and it will be offered without cost of money. The only requirements he would ask of us is a broken heart and contrite spirit. True, it may not be an easy task, but it is possible to make it through. We may have to go through our own personal torment as we repent, we may experience godly sorrow, or sorry for the things we have put our Savior through. It is up to us to see it to the end. If we desire to become whole again, to rise again to the call of our name when He calls it, it will happen. He will be there for us when we need him, even when we don’t need Him, He is there.
Will we rise to the occasion? Will we be able to look our Redeemer in the eyes at the last day when He comes again? I hope and pray we will. I would pray that we are able to look and raise our hand when His hand is outstretched and we may be lifted up again into His presence as we once were. I implore you as you read this you pray for an open heart and you are able to become whole again, the pain may be washed away with faith and atoning blood. I testify this is possible and that we may become as He is and be filled with peace once again. If it has been far too long since you have felt the love, please open your hearts and minds. I would ask that you to be still and let the Spirit whisper to your hearts. I would exhort you to read the scriptures and know He is there, I would exhort you with all the love I possess you invite Him in when He knocks.
May the storms of life pass you by and may the Father and Son be your shelter. May you find peace in these trying times, may you feel to sing the song of redeeming love. May you stand as a witness when others would persecute you, may you feel the Arms of Mercy wrapped around you during your times of distress and sadness. I pray you may find the answers you are seeking; I pray you are able to see the miracles around you each day. I pray you may be guided in the darkest of nights with the Light of Christ. I leave these things with you and testify of them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.