Hello! I’m up here today to talk about living. Living is something we do every day of our lives. If we do so righteously, Heavenly Father has promised us eternal life. What an amazing Father we have. Living righteously consists of an ongoing process: knowing, doing, and becoming.
Heavenly Father has given us exceptionally ample resources to gain knowledge on what to do in this life, including His holy scriptures, words of the prophets, pamphlets, testimony meetings, General Conference, Seminary, Institute, Sunday School, home and visiting teaching, and the beautiful opportunity to pray. I know prayer is such an incredible gift, because we are able to sincerely ask and allow Heavenly Father to personally answer what we need to know at any time in our lives. In Genesis 3:22, we read... The knowledge between good and evil truly is a blessing, and learning is a lifelong process. It is so essential that we remain humble and teachable. As we come to know Christ, His light may shine forth through us and continue to be shared with all of Heavenly Father’s beloved children.
Once we work hard to know the things that we should do, it’s time to go and do them as soon as possible. As we pray, we hope that help for us will come soon and strengthen us. Very often, Heavenly Father will help us by use of one of his children around us. As children in Zion, we want to help each other return home to Him, so we must be ready to render service to our fellow beings. As a youth we are blessed to have parents and leaders that guide us with their wisdom. In 1 Nephi 3:7 we have the noble example of Nephi who says… In the theatre, which is somewhere I spend a lot of time, knowing your lines is the first step to a great show. Only when you know your lines by heart can you begin to do fun things and create the spectacular character you want to become.
Heavenly Father gave me a chance to come to earth and do my best to be who I wanted to become. He gave me a Savior, Jesus Christ, to learn from and follow the example of. I think everybody who has a testimony wants to become like Christ, and anyone can gain a testimony. A testimony is a composition of our knowledge, validated by the actions we do based on the things we know to be true. By continually feasting on the words of Christ and performing His work diligently to become the greatest we can be, we can then come to know more, and do more, and as President Daw lovingly encourages, be a little bit better.
I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, and am so grateful for all he has done for me and all of you, whom I love so much. I’m grateful for my friends, for the present priesthood in my home, my family, and the counsel I’m given every day in the wee hours of early morning seminary. I know that if we come to know Christ, do what he would do, and try our best to become like him, we can truly be happy.