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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.
I usually look forward to speaking about the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially to those who are genuinely asking out of curiosity or interest. Defending my faith is something I feel is important to do and in the years of practice, I have learned that sometimes our actions speak louder than words.
It took me several years to realize I had the most important and effective "instruction book" at my disposal.