Gratitude Felt in a Temple Recommend Interview

By Anne Maxson

I recently had to renew my temple recommend. Temple recommend interviews are a special time for me, and I always bring a tissue because sometimes I get emotional talking about my beliefs. This time was no different.

 

The interview started with some very important questions:

  • Do you have faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost?
  • Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer?
  • Do you have a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

As I sat in there, I started thinking about my journey. I joined the church more than 20 years ago. Back then, I didn't know much, but now I feel so thankful for what I've learned.

A testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ is where it all started. The introduction of the Book of Mormon states, “We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. 

“Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah.”

A few days after meeting the missionaries and starting to read the Book of Mormon, I prayed to know if it was true. I felt a warm feeling inside that told me it was. That’s when I knew that Joseph Smith really was a prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored through him. It was a powerful moment that changed my life forever.

Having faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost has provided me with a greater sense of purpose and belonging.

Having a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His role as my Savior and Redeemer has helped me find peace and comfort. It has helped me to have an eternal hope in good things to come.

Thinking about these things during my temple interview made me feel so grateful for everything I've learned and experienced because of my faith. Answering each question felt like I was saying yes to everything I believe in—a journey of faith, hope, and feeling God's love.

Renewing my temple recommend provided an opportunity to ponder all the good things that have happened because of my beliefs. Leaving the interview, I felt a renewed sense of purpose and excitement for the future.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.