I was raised in Utah, within the church, and never had a testimony. I pursued other things for the first 21 years of my life like smoking, drinking, heavy metal, and many other worldly things that many in this world pursue as a subsitute for happiness. At 21 I challenged the scriptures and prayed for confirmation of the truth. As with many it did not come immediately but it came definately. From that point forward I have known in my heart what the truth was and the direction that I needed to go for true long lasting happiness. Now this is where I get confused with myself. I know in my heart that the church is true but continue to make mistakes that I should not make. I go through periods of time where humility is minimal, which leads to the loss of the spirit. I suppose it is a lack of strength, or that fact that I don't read the scriptures on a daily basis or pray often enough. It really is great to have the gospel and amazing to see the difference in my life and someone else who lacks the knowledge, faith and guidance.
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