Today I am honored to participate in the third annual LDS Writer Blogfest, and in doing so, to share a piece of my testimony with you. As the parameters of this opportunity are undefined, I've spent a lot of time trying to decide what topic to share, but time and time again, I find myself drawn to my testimony of the Savior and His Atonement.
Those of you who know me on a personal level, know that I'm a very independent person. The power to do things on my own is something I cherish to a fault. Because of this stubbornness, it took falling flat on my face before I realized my daily need for the Savior. Honestly, though those were some dark times in my life, I am grateful for the mistakes that forced me to humility. I am grateful for a Savior - a brother and friend - who advocates to the Father for me! This life is tough, we all have trials, temptations, and weakness, but because we have a Savior, we also have hope, purpose, and strength. Everything He did was to enrich our lives - not hinder them. I am grateful for my relationship with the Savior. I am especially grateful for His nonjudgmental, unconditional love. I'm honored to know Him and credit every success I have to that very real and enriching relationship. He suffered in Gethsemane - bled in excruciating pain from every pore - for me... and for you too! It is only through His atoning sacrifice that we can be whole.
If you've not already done so, I invite you to reach out and take His hand. He will not lead you astray, but instead, through Him you will find peace, acceptance, and joy!
If you'd like to read the beautiful thoughts and testimonies of some of my fellow authors, please visit their blogs.
Amanda Sowards (Easter Traditions), Angie Lofthouse (Avoiding Envy), Ben Spendlove (A Little Child Shall Lead Them), Britanny Larsen (Only Upon Principles of Righteousness), Cami Checketts (Service),
Charity Bradford ("Stop It"), Danyelle Ferguson, Giselle Abreu (Our Savior), Julia Keanini, Julie Coulter Bellon (Time to Prepare), Kasey Tross (Revelation and Inspiration), Kayeleen Hamblin (Laborers in the Vineyard), Kelly Bryson (Prophets, it takes one to know one), Krista Van Dolzer (How Grace Works), Laura Johnston (conference highlights), Melanie Standord (The Merciful Obtain Mercy), Rachelle Christensen, Rebecca Belliston, Sierra Gardner