Yes, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I am asked if I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my answer to your question will be ”Yes.”
I am very proud to belong to our Christian faith knowing that Jesus Christ is the head of our church through his modern-day prophets that he has called in these latter days to be his mouth peace to the world to hear modern-day revelation given through a prophet of God.
I know what you are thinking. How do I know this to be true?” I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be true. I have lived on both sides of the gospel, by this I mean I have had the gospel in my life at a period of my life and then there was a time that I was without the gospel in my life. How my life has been with the gospel and without the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in my life.
I have to be honest with you right here. Yes, I have been raised in the gospel from birth. But you have to understand, my mother was not active in the church when I was growing up. My biological father did things to my mother that he was not faithful to his vows he took with her. I am not saying that my mother was an angel at the time they were both married to each other. My mother like to live life on the wild side of life. She felt that going out to the bars with her single girlfriends and leaving my siblings and me with family members or a babysitter while she went out and had fun. There was a time in her life that she almost lost the five of us to her lifestyle that she was living.
The only time I made to the church was on Sunday growing up. This is when my two older siblings would make sure I made it to church. The two of my older siblings were responsible for me to make it church, but you know how older siblings are to their younger siblings. There were times that they would skip out on me leaving me crying in the of the middle of the street trying to figure out which way to the church or back home. More times I would make back home than the church. I was raised with the gospel in my life but never really had parents to influence me on whether to attend church on Sunday or was forced to live the gospel principles.
When I got older into high school was when I first start to question whether the gospel was true or not. By this time my mother had remarried and we know had a stepfather in our life. He, like my mother, was not active in the church even though both were members of the gospel they did not attend church. My mother never got really active in the church until I was older and we moved out to Oregon.
This is where I was introduced to a lot of different religion. My dad took us to a church that my Aunt and Uncle attended and they seem to teach about the same principles as our religion did but the thing that they were lacking was the priesthood which all of Christ apostles held when were upon this earth. The same priesthood power that Christ had when he was here on earth. I also attended my friend’s religion which was an eye-opener for me because they would play loud music And stand up and shout out praising God. I also married a lady who was very staunch Catholic and she firmly believed in her faith which I had no quarrels with what she believed in. She knew about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint and what we believed since her foster family was members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint.
So you see I have been exposed to other religions besides my own religion. I have gone through trials of my own being a very active member of the church with my first wife. There came a time that my infidelity was not being faithful to my first wife. As one of our apostle of the church taught to our members in one of General Conference about the warning signs of the evilness of internet can lead to if you allow Satan to tempt you to those places that can lead you down a sinful path.
I bear witness of the truthfulness that of this apostle taught about the dangers of the internet. I found out for myself the places on the internet that can lead married man shouldn’t be and lead into temptation. That those vows I took with the one person I should have been faithful to. I was breaking my marriage vows looking for something that was not in my ballpark to have in this life. I not blaming myself, but blaming my wife who comes to find out could not have children of her own due medical problems. That she had no control over having the doctor going in emergency surgery thinking her appendix had ruptured, but after going in found that she had cysts the size of golf balls inside her that had ruptured and that she also had endometriosis, which is a white cell that attaches itself to women outer organs that begin to grow like cancer in numbers by gluing themselves to their organs making them one big ball. In most cases women who have endometriosi is very unlikely to have children because it is cell that attacks her ovaries preventing them having a chance of reproducing. Some women if caught sooner have a better chance of reproducing children. Just depends on how serious the case may be for each women. For my wife, she had endometriosis probably since she was 18 years old and if the doctors are not familiar with endometriosi what to look for it is hard to diagnose women with endometriosi.
My wife and I wanted to have children together because of one thing that our religion really emphasis on young couples after getting married is to follow one of Christ commandment which is to multiply and replenish the earth. Christ never teaches us that there might be a chance that you are not going to be able to do this commandment.
And for me to blame my wife for this was wrong on my part and I will have to answer to this choice that made at that time. Those things that I was doing on the internet at this time in my life was not satisfying my needs the way I wanted them to do. I began to seek out more physical parts of needs that lead me down the path of infidelity to my first wife. Not only did I destroy two lives, I actually destroyed three people lives in the choices that I made. This lead to me being excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which lead me down the dark path I took in my life at this time.
I gave my soul to Satan and allowed him to lure me into temptation. I knew that this was wrong from what I have been taught in the gospel teaching. I also knew it wasn’t what Christ had taught us from the Bible about cleaving unto your wife. About being faithful unto your spouse. I allowed my pride to lead me to these sites that took me from the ways in which I was taught to honor my spouse in the convents that I made to her when we took our vows inside the temple walls.
I began to go out to the bars trying to drink my problems away. I found out they were with me the next day and the day after that. That drinking was not the answer to resolving my problems I got myself into at this time.
Between four broken marriages and spending time in county lockup from a problem between two of my four wives. I began to take a look at my life again. That when I found wife number five which we lived together for two years before she decided it was time to tie the knot between the both of us. Again we were happy with each other and was able to sit communicate with each other.
But her health started to take a turn for the worse and again I allowed Satan to play with my mind heart for the time in our marriage. That I began to seek out for someone that was not broken like my wife was. She is the one that taught me about unconditional love for those around us. It never failed how sick she was she step up and cared for those around her. She showed me by her example what unconditional love means. This is when I realized that the Lord was telling me to be thankful for her being in my life. The sad part about this story is, I realized this a little too late because Heavenly Father called her home because her health deteriorated so fast after her 36 birthday that I feel she was tired of fighting to live that he finally called her home. I know where she is, is a better place than here. I know if I live true to my covenants with Heavenly Father for rest of my days on this crazy world we live in that I know for sure that I will be with her in the second coming. This is also up to her if she decide to except the work that we did for her. Someone life that you come to love is more precious than seeking to find someone else to replaces them with.
Through all my trials I have been through and dealt with at this point in my life. God was not done with testing my faith because in 2006 I would face a major stroke that no one at my age would want to go through. The first thing I asked when I found what took place at work that was a priesthood blessing from my dad. That is all I wanted at that point in my life at that time. Though I recovered better than the doctor thought I would.
Because my dad who holds the priesthood to act in God name gave me a priesthood blessing. By my faith in that blessing, I recovered the way I did. Through all these trials brought me my beautiful wife Angie that we started our life out the right way. That I was able to get my membership restored to fullest with my priesthood restored and we went through the temple was married.
Having The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back into my life has given me a reason to live my life as Christ did when he was upon the earth. The principles that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint have us live our lives teaches us how to be more Christ-like to those around us. To live our lives according to the teachings of Christ taught when he was here on earth. As I began to live my life according to Christ teachings this has brought me greater peace into my life. I am not saying that I perfect by no means. The only one that is perfect is Christ himself. I have come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is true gospel of Christ upon this earth today.
Through my trials that I have gone through God has never left my side. He has always walked by me through the good and the bad times in my life. Even through me getting angry at him when he has taken those that I loved so much and meant the world to me. Even when it took me time to realize this, that God the Father has been by my side all this time with unconditional love for me just waiting for me pull my head out of my ass to realize what was more important in this world than those earthly position that I wanted to obtain.
I know as I type these words that this is the true and living gospel of Jesus Christ. That His gospel was restored by the hand that He chose to come forth in these latter days. To be his instrument in restoring his church upon the face of the earth. Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God, that president Nelson is the living prophet today that he does receive revelation from God the Father and Jesus Christ how they want their church run in these latter days. I know this through the trails and faith that I have endured in my lifetime. This is now to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true because I have found it out myself in traveling down the road that I have chosen to travel on this earth. I know that through Jesus Christ that men can be saved. He is the light and life of the world. He came here to fulfill Fathers plan and that He did by his unconditional love for all mankind to take away our sins. That He will forgive us we just have to accept him into our lives whether this be by becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or just finding Christ and accepting him into your lives by baptism in another religion. I feel as long as you except Christ as your savior and what every religion you belong it does not matter as long as you are living the life he has chosen for us to live by. This has to be your choice. This why God gave us the gift of free agency upon this earth. God wanted us to have the chance learn as he did himself by his trials that he went through himself. Christ taught that we would know his people and his gospel, ”by your faith, you shall know my people and my gospel.” By faith is the way, the key to his happiness for us to have. I hope that as you read this you will know that it been by my faith that has to lead me back his presents and how great my joy is to have Him back into my life and guidelines in the Scripture and his religion to put on the right path to living my life by. Amen