This post is from Dayna Lyn Janes. She is an amazing friend, example, and loves to make people happy.
I’m a Mormon. I love being a Mormon. I have been raised in the LDS church and it’s been part of me all my life. It wasn’t until just recently that it became more important to me than anything else. I share my story because I want others to understand how wonderful the Gospel is. I took being a member of the Church for granted for many years. It wasn’t until I was without the Spirit and the other wonderful blessings that come from being a member of the Church that I realized just how much I needed it in my life. Now that I have the blessings back in my life, I will never again put the Gospel second to anything. Here is my story…
My whole life I felt like I was a faithful, strong member of the Church. I went to Church, studied the scriptures, attended the Temple, paid my tithing, and prayed every day. It wasn’t until I was 31 years old that temptation took me by the hand and I followed. I had met someone and I broke the promise I made to my Heavenly Father. For two years I still went to Church but stopped doing everything else. I felt a darkness in my life that had never been there before. I didn’t feel like I had changed but those around knew that something was different. All this time I knew what I need to do but didn’t have the strength to do those things. Then the consequences came. I was left with heartbreak, an illness, pain, and misery. Not being able to mentally deal with the consequences, I knew I needed the Gospel back in my life.
I did what I needed to be forgiven for my choices. I started reading my scriptures, paying my tithing and praying. At first, I didn’t think I would ever feel the Spirit again. I didn’t think I could ever be forgiven but that is the great blessing of the Gospel! No matter what you do there is a way to get back! There is a way to receive those blessings again. You can feel Heavenly Father’s love no matter what has happened! Gradually all of this came back into my life! Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? YES! This is what I love about the Church. You keep the commandments you get blessed! Even though I have made mistakes I have still been blessed and continue to see blessings every day in my life.
I’m so grateful that I now have the full blessings of the Gospel. My testimony has been strengthened and through my trials, I have been lifted up and given strength to overcome weaknesses. I have felt my Heavenly Father’s and my Savior’s love more than I deserved through my trials. I will never again make choices that will lead me away from the Gospel. Will I make more mistakes? Oh yeah. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still try harder to be better. My membership in The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the most important thing in my life. I am a Mormon. “I know it. I Live it. I love it!”