I am the oldest child of 5 siblings. Among us, I am the most different, and the older I grew, the more I noticed these differences. The labels that were passed on to me felt unfair because I knew I was more than what people would call me. I will admit that it did bother me some...OK, a lot, but when I came to realize that I am a child of a loving Father in Heaven, I learned that it is alright to be different. I love myself just the way that I am, with all my differences, and I celebrate them because I have my own individual divine qualities and talents that I've been blessed with. I'm sure we can all relate to the stories below.
"The world around you is not equipped to provide the help you need to make it through this often-treacherous journey. So many in our society today seem to have slipped from the moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace.
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President Nelson once expressed, "How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him."
Often we look at failure as something that is bad or wrong...and perhaps sometimes it can be. However, failure, if faced with faith, can also lead us to have more meaningful lives, prepare us for a higher level of success, and draw us closer to God as we persevere with hope in our hearts.
I was a member for several years before having received a true and strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. I always knew it was true, and I had faith in it, but I never really received a true witness for years after my baptism. After having received my personal witness, I learned of the strength the Book of Mormon offers to those who live according to the words of the prophets who testify of Christ within its pages. It is a powerful source and it has greatly blessed my life.
Conversion stories have always intrigued me, mostly because I am a convert to the Church myself. But when I hear of stories such as this one, where it is evident that God's hand was the guiding force in this man's conversion after saving his life, I get inspired and energized in the gospel.