I Know For Sure

I know Jesus Christ

Some of the things I know for sure:

I know that Heavenly Father lives, and that He knows and loves each of us, His children, individually.

I marvel that He hears my prayers, knows the desires of my heart, and loves me unconditionally—that is hard to wrap my head around sometimes, but I know it is true. I have felt His presence in my life on multiple occasions. I know without a doubt that my prayers are heard.

If you don’t know that your prayers are heard—ask. (see James 1:5; Luke 11:9; Matthew 7:7)

The next time you kneel to say your prayers, ask Heavenly Father: “Are you there? Can you hear me? Do you know me?” and wait for Him to answer. It will come—you will feel the answer.

I know Jesus Christ is the Savior of this world. I know that through His atoning sacrifice, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Mount Golgotha, that we will all be resurrected after this life, that we can repent of our sins and be forgiven, that we can become better people through Him, and that we can return to live in our Heavenly Father’s presence to be joint-heirs with Christ, of all that our Father has (see Romans 8:17). I know Jesus Christ.

Two of my favorite scriptures about our relationship to Jesus Christ are:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)Isaiah 1 18

A friend shared this scripture with me at a time when I was broken and not sure if I could come back from mistakes I had made. This scripture helped turn things around for me. It helped me better understand what Jesus Christ did for me and now His atonement works in my daily life.

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” (Alma 7:11-12)

“Succor” means to assist and support in time of hardship and distress, to give aid, to run to the aid of. I am overcome by the idea of Jesus running to my aid. I have felt His aid, helping me do what I could not do alone.

I have felt the influence of the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, in my life. I know that He prompts me to recognize and remember truth, to know when I am on the right (or wrong) path, and to feel comfort to fortify me in an imperfect world.

I know that Joseph Smith was a seeker of truth and that Heavenly Father answered his humble 14-year-old boy prayer. I know that through Joseph Smith the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth.

I love the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ, and I know that it is a true scripture from a lovely God. I am grateful for all those who sacrificed that we can have it. I love it. I feel happy and blessed when I read it daily. The Book of Mormon stands side-by-side with the Holy Bible; both are holy scripture.

I know these things are true. I feel their truthfulness.  I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ.


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  1. HI Tanja, we have much in common but i am on the other end of things now. i adpoted 13 most with special needs and have gone through many ups and downs wth them all. i am connected to them all except 1 who just has a hard time letting anyone in. he is nowq 31. i am now 62 well almost. i have a total of 17. i was married for 38 years and mike just got wore down by all the stress and left. married a women who had no children and lots of money. i finished the last two on my own. my story is like yours in handling prison and poor choices but they all know i am their mom forever. i cant help them financially anymore but i am there for them always. i have always said i would do it all over again the same way saying yes to the same kids. it was a calling and each time a specific song wojld play when we were deciding to adopted. the words who will show my light to them, whom shall i send. here i am Lord it is i Lord i have heard you calling in the night, I will go Lord if you lead me I will hold your people in my arms. i knew they were meant to be in our home and yes the struggles were many and still as adults they struggle with many of their decisions. Hurt, pain, lonliness abandoment all tore little pieces of their hearts away. someare doing ok and are climbing out of their darkness. Others will have a lifetime of struggle. Mike was a good provider and allowed me to stay home through much of the growing up years but the end of it was just me. I look back and i have no idea how i got through but I did all by the grace of God. He is what got me through. i have dealt with anything you can imagine that deals with kids. First adoption was 3 brother and 2 sisters, then 1 a baby boy, then a group of 5 then a group of 3. I had 4 bio kids. I have dealt with medical issues, moderaly mentally challenged child, sex abuse both of a perpetrator and the victims, gangs drugs, alcahol, emtoinal trumoil of abandment. adhd and a bio child that died at the age of 13 from AIDS from a blood transfusion. I tell their stories to help others know they will make it and the road is full of curves and stomes the bridges our out and you dont know how you will get a cross but thatis the issued. the cross. i just wanted you to know i have added you to my prayers and i am so thankfull other people are steping forward and taking the chance to move mountains. My personal ife now is vey difficult and differant. i make very little money but am a surivor. mike went in another direction and makes a great deal of money for himself. He lost sight of the calling and why we said yes in the first place. Maybe someday he will come to realize his children are his greatest gifts. I read your story and wanted to share with you. God bless your family and never give up. its a lifetime but God gave us the hard ones because they are worth it. 😉

    • Thank you for sharing your story–you are an angel on earth! Wow, I did google your name and saw your large family. You are amazing. I cannot wrap my head around the love you have in your heart. Thank you.

  2. Hi I forgot to add soemthing if you google my name you will find my story. We were chosen as for the Angel of Adoption award and went to washington. We talked on behalf of adopted children to senators. A pictures of your family is there as well.

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