Monday, March 16, 2015

Letter 3/15/15

Dear Everybody,
How are you all? :) How was your week? :) I hope it was great :) 
Mine was really awesome :) I got to see a girl (WHO IS AMAZING) get baptized. She is just 13 and has worked SO hard to be baptized. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and praying all on her own (what 13 year old would do that?!) Anyways, she is just amazing and I am just so proud of her! She's already decided she wants to go on a mission when she gets older :)

Something I've been thinking about a lot is the ideas of testimony and conversion. (I've probably gone through this before) When we have a testimony we know something is "true" or right or correct or "what I should/shouldn't be doing". Being converted is not being able to live without that truth--or, in other words, living true to what you know. You can know the Gospel is true and still now pray, read your scriptures, come to church, or keep the commandments. But once someone is converted to the truth they cannot live without those things in their life--they don't want to let them go. They see the blessings of those things and desire them always. Those things become a part of who they are in such a way that giving them up would make them incomplete. They would not be them. We are each responsible for our own testimony, and our eternal happiness depends on our personal conversion.

Conversion is how we become the sort of being who desires to be in heaven and doesn't get bored and miserable without all the sins of this world. This is a process that we each take part in daily as we choose God. Without this process we can't be who we are supposed to be. Without conversion we do not experience true happiness.
So how do we become converted? Just pray and ask; that's always step one. 

Sister Short

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