This is my 1000th blog post. Eric, Dave, and I were talking about what I could possibly do for #1000 tonight, and although I wish I could have followed through on the "give away $1000" idea, I've come up with something else.
My church seems to be everywhere these days. Articles on my faith (or here) grace the front page of CNN.com, not one, but two members of my church were presidential hopefuls, and even the sports world seems to have noticed.
I wish I could say all of the attention is flattering, but it isn't. I suppose it's for that reason I need to throw my hat in the ring. I write this blog for my children (and their children, and their children's children), but I know other people read it. I'd like to think that my testimony is subtly weaved through my stories and thoughts, but today I want more than that. For anyone who reads this blog, I need it to be clear where I stand.
I remember once when I heard Eric bear his testimony he mentioned that he had worked hard for his testimony, and he was proud of that. I hadn't really thought about it before, but I have worked hard for my testimony and I am proud of it too.
For anyone who used to know me when, and is thinking to themselves, "but she used to do that," or whatever, you might be right. I am not perfect, I have made mistakes. I am sorry.
Now that we've gotten all of that out of the way,
First and foremost, I believe in my Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives. He died that I might be saved. I have felt him in my darkest hours. To follow him is to walk in the light.
God lives. He loves us, and gave us the ultimate gift of his Son. God is love.
I believe in a true and living Prophet on the face of the earth today. Just as I know God lives, and that he loves us, I know that he would not leave us alone without someone to lead us. 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets' (Amos 3:7).
I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be the Savior's true church. Although it's members are human, the gospel is true.
I know Joseph Smith to be a prophet of God, who restored the true gospel to the earth.
I know the Temple to be a peaceful, sacred place where God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are near. Those who don't understand it make it out to be a dark and sinister place. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I know the family to be central to the Plan of Salvation. Satan's attack on the family could not make it any more clear just how important our families are. I will fight tooth and nail to protect mine. I know that families can be together forever, our time together does not end with this life.
I know that paying tithing truly opens the windows of heaven.
I know there is peace in keeping the commandments. I know that it will not always make me popular. That is ok, I just wish I had learned sooner that peace outweighs popular.
I say (type) these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Better than $1000? I hope so. It's likely that someone will disagree with me, and maybe even leave a mean comment. That's ok. It won't change what I know and it won't change what you know.