After a great lunch and a wonderful Sunday Nap, I went to my favorite chair downstairs and watched TV. Since it was Sunday, I selected some appropriate programs on Netflix and enjoyed a pleasant evening. The Last thing I watched was a movie from Netflix titled Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration.
I was deeply moved by this movie. I wished that I had someone to testify to of what I felt tonight. When I prayed in the evening I mentioned this to God, and he said clearly, "You do. Testify to your family." So even though this might seem a little strange, I am doing so right now.
As I watched the first part of the film depicting Joseph's young life I was moved as deeply by the Spirit as strongly as I ever have. Remember, I once ran the Joseph Smith farm and the Hill Cumorah Farm. I have been in the sacred grove many times, once even logging. I have cut hay in what is now the area where the Temple is standing. I have ridden my horse up the hill Cumorah and all over its fields, and have even plowed and seeded a large field on the top of the hill.
That was a wonderful experience for Chris and I, and confirming feeling came to us many times from the Holy Ghost while we were there.
But, last night I had such a strong spiritual experience watching the film that I need to pass on my feelings to all of you who read this blog.
God is real, and as Alma says about faith, it is real and discernible. Joseph saw the Father and the Son. It is as real to me as if I had been there instead of Joseph. Believe me and be blessed. That knowledge gives motivation to live the commandments better and better as each day goes on. Continue to confirm that knowledge for yourself. It was confirmed to me in the strongest manner last night.
Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God. I long to meet him and feel his loving spirit. He was the most important prophet to live since the days of Adam, Noah, and Christ himself. We know much about him historically and intellectually, and I want you to know that I know of his prophetic calling. It is real and discernible to me, as real as my own life right now.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the authoritative representative of the Godhead hear on this earth. Service in it brings happiness and sometimes overwhelming joy. Being part of that Kingdom of God on earth is the most significant thing we can do on this earth. There the true Gospel is taught, the ordinances administered, and the official saving covenants offered. Even the ultimate ordinance of Eternal Marriage is mine through this Church. Chris and I have all there is to offer in eternity because of our knowledge of and our participation in this Church. It is known by me to be God's true Church.
I give you this testimony of these things in all humilty, knowing that it may seem strange in this format, but I want you all to know that I am doing what the Holy Ghost told me to do last night as I prayed and thanked God for his testifying to me with such power.
I am not powerful in any sence, but I know that God will back me up,
I love you all, Dad Clark