I never knew true happiness until I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been a proud member of the church for almost nine years now. It was once said by President Gordon B. Hinckley that "the church is the great teacher and builder of values. Its precepts are designed to lead men and women along the way of immortality and eternal life, to make their lives more complete, more rich and happy while moving through this vale of tears, and in preparing them for the beauties and wonders of that which lies ahead."
I have learned much by being a member of the church which has made my life as President Hinckley has said more complete, more rich, and happy which will prepare me for the beauties and wonders of that which lies ahead. However, for now, I would like to focus on what I know to be true.
First and foremost, I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book. How do I know this? I sincerely prayed and asked my loving Heavenly Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, He made it known unto me. The feelings of peace, happiness, and joy that overcame me as I read this great book was Heavenly Father's way of letting me know by the power of the Holy Ghost that not only was the Book of Mormon a true book but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was and is a true church and that the prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. By the power of the Holy Ghost, I know that the Prophet Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ .
Secondly, I know that our living prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. I know that families can be together forever. I know that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world . I know that He rose in three days. I know that He restored His one and only true church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that after searching for God's true church, I found it, and no power under heaven can make me let it go.
Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has testified of all of these things to me personally as I sincerely asked my Heavenly Father. I shout from the very depths of my soul to the four corners of the world that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the one and only true church on the face of the earth!
Lastly, I hope that you can feel the strength of my unwavering testimony. If anyone would like to know as I do, I challenge you to sincerely ask Heavenly Father. If you are truly sincere with real intent to act upon the knowledge that you will receive, I testify to you that you will get an answer. I say these things in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.