The foundation of my newly found faith lies in receiving answers to three critical questions that we are encouraged to ask when investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Is the Book of Mormon true?
- Was Joseph Smith a true prophet of God?
- Is this church the right and true church?
Very simple questions that yield very powerful results. In my opinion, answers can come in many ways:
- Feeling the Spirit.
- A thought that just clicks and makes sense in your mind.
- An event that happens and triggers a sense that you just received your answer.
- A faint whisper in your ear.
- It could be anything, actually.
It could be very obvious. It could very subtle.
The best way to receive an answer is to prepare yourselves to be more attentive.
- Pray often and throughout the day.
- Study. Read the Bible and Book of Mormon often. At least once a day. Before studying, pray to Heavenly Father that you may understand the things you will read. After reading the Bible and Book of Mormon, pray again to know if the things you have read is true. Specifically ask if the Book of Mormon is true. Specifically ask if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Specifically ask if the church you are investigating is true. Wait, listen.
- Attend Church.
- Ask any question that comes to your mind to your missionaries or Mormon friends. (ALL questions are welcomed and there is an answer for EVERYTHING!)
- Fast and Pray.
- Begin obeying the Words of Wisdom.
In the New Testament of the King James Bible, the book of James, Chapter 1, Verses 5 through 7 state:
“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:5-7)
What the above verses mean is that if you ask Heavenly Father with absolute faith, believing you will absolutely receive an answer, and that you sincerely intend to act after receiving an answer then you will receive one. It seems easy enough but it was difficult for me. Only through prayer, sincere study, and honestly wanting to know the truth; was my answer received.
In the Book of Mormon, the Book of Moroni, Chapter 10, Verses 3 through 5 state:
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:3-5)
These wise words changed my life.
I admit, I tried a few years prior, but maybe for a few days and I also had my doubts as well. The next time I tried, I studied, I prayed and I had patience to kept at it.
One night after studying what the missionaries have given me, my wife and I got on our knees and I prayed. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I prayed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church and the right one to join. After the prayer, I waited. About five seconds later I had the chills, a feeling of overwhelming happiness and I began to cry.
Without a doubt, the Holy Ghost just gave witness to me of the things I asked.
This testimony is the foundation of my faith. All other things are built upon the fact that I asked and received an answer.