It is difficult to know where to begin. I suppose I will begin by describing faith. I am, by nature, a doubter. It is difficult for me to accept and believe things I have not seen for myself; not just in spiritual things, but secular as well. I just know there is a lot of misinformation out there and I don't want to be deceived.
Faith, however is asking you to do just that - believe without seeing first. Although it is difficult to exercise faith at times, I have done so throughout my life - leaning on the mercies of The Lord as I do so.
I have been blessed with witnesses from the Holy Ghost as I've exercised faith; as promised in the scripture, " . . . For ye receive no witness until after he trial of your faith" (Ether 12:6).
Among witnesses I have received include a sure knowledge that the man I married was the right choice for me.
Motherhood is the most difficult thing I've ever done and I rely on faith that I will receive the help and guidance I need to raise my three daughters the way The Lord would have me. As I've exercised my faith and struggled, I've received witnesses and help - sometimes through a scripture I've read, a person, or a reassurance through the Holy Ghost.
I have received witness that Jesus Christ is my savior and that through His atonement I can be saved if I repent. I remember my dad teaching a Sunday school lesson in my youth where he broke the word atonement into three parts -
at/one/ (ment)=with. That has stuck with me ever since. I know that Christ want me to be like him so that I can return to Heavenly Father.
Life is not easy - nor do I think it is meant to be. We are given the gift of faith to grow stronger. After the trial of our faith we receive witness. The witness, at least in my own experience, is more often than not a small experience. I think this is so our faith is tested even more. I also believe we need to write down our experiences so we can reflect and remember.
I testify that I have exercised my faith and have received witnesses over and over that Jesus Christ is my savior and that the atonement is real. I know that God lives and loves us and wants us to return to Him. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.