We can teach it, we can preach it, we can explain it. We can talk about it, we can describe it, we can even testify of it. But until a person feels the sacred word of God distill upon his or her soul like the dews from heaven through the power of the Spirit, it will be like looking at a postcard or someone else’s vacation photos. You have to go there yourself. Conversion is a personal journey—a journey of gathering.
Jan E. Newman, "Teaching in the Savior’s Way", General Conference, April 2021
Sometimes I feel that way, like I'm looking at someone else's vacation photos. Please, don't misunderstand, I know with 100% surety that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I know with 100% surety that this, the Plan of Salvation, is the only plan back to Heavenly Father, and that His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only way back. There is no other way. I know with 100% surety that this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the only true church on earth, it is the very kingdom of God on earth.
I said that sometimes I don't feel the true conversion to the gospel because I take it for granted at times. I don't know what it's like to not have it in my life and so it's easy for me to not pay attention to it. I don't mean to do that. I don't want to do that. And I kick myself for doing just that. I take it for granted because I am a procrastinator with pretty much everything in life. It's a mindset that I need to overcome. It is one of my constant struggles here in mortality.
My patriarchal blessing even says to NOT procrastinate. 😊
And so, this is a mindset I need to correct. I need to focus 100% on doing this and not just 80%. I know of no better way to correct this and straighten my focus than to fully immerse myself in the word of God, especially the Book of Mormon. Learn His words. Know them.
I just need to do it and not just talk about doing it (again, procrastinating)! 😬