Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon


Why I am LDS

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints describe experiences that brought them into the Church, and gave them a testimony of the truth of the Gospel.

Last updated 9 Mar 2006

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A thought from Joseph Smith:

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father -- That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 76, vs. 22-24h

And a thought from Brigham Young:

It yields solid satisfaction to hear men testify of the truth of the Gospel. It is always peculiarly interesting to me to hear the Saints tell their experience. It is to me one of the best sermons to hear men and women relate to each other how the Lord has wrought upon their understanding and brought them into the path of truth, life, and salvation. I would rather hear men tell their own experiences, and testify that Joseph was a Prophet of the Lord, and that the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other revelations of God, are true; that they know it by the gift and power of God; that they have conversed with angels, have had the power of the Holy Ghost upon them, giving them visions and revelations, than hear any kind of preaching that ever saluted my ears.

Discourses of Brigham Young, p.335, 1:89

Table of Contents:

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  • A thought from Joseph Smith
  • Why this page was created
  • Links to on-line testimonies
  • The CompuServe collection
  • A thread on testimonies
  • About the Author

  • Why this page was created

    Welcome to Testify! This page was created as a place for LDS people to share their experiences with the Spirit, that we might fulfill the admonition of Paul to "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord... [and] that good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us." (2 Timothy 1:8, 14)

    Links to on-line testimony

    Drop us a note if you find a link that should be included on this list.


  • Susan Smith -- The story of a woman who spent years fighting against the Church -- until she discovered she'd been wrong. "In the morning," she writes, "everything seemed different, the world was a beautiful creation which now made sense to me,"
  • Louis C. Midgley -- "The sea of faith is not withdrawing among the more than 200,000 Latter-day Saints in England. The Kingdom of God is growing on that fair island. Why?... Because we have the fulness of the gospel and the good news simply must be shared with others."
  • Piera Bellaviti Schorr -- The story of a Catholic nun, working in the Vatican, who courageously followed her convictions and joined the Church.
  • Massimo Franceschini -- An Italian man, nominally Catholic, finds the gospel and joins the Church.
  • Writing "Consider the Lillies" -- Lyricist Roger Hoffman describes his experience writing the music for Consider the Lillies.
  • The Lord Led the Horses Back -- An experience with a quick answer to prayer for help in an emergency
  • Whispers of the Spirit -- Testimonies posted to message boards by members of the LDS Members on the Internet - ICQ List.
  • Lissa's Place -- Her story, testimony and poetry, Primary childrens page, a very inspiring Russian missionary page, Angelic Bits.
  • Lynn Devon Taylor -- I have studied and prayed on my own and received an answer that these things are true.
  • Brent and Kristen Danley -- A testimony of the Book of Mormon and the atonement.
  • Chris Hill -- Finding the gospel was a "reawakening."
  • Ezra Taft Benson -- A testimony of the power of prayer.
  • Diane Bowman -- "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart"
  • Ron Cappelli -- " I opened the Bible at random and started reading. Within two verses I had my answer! There it was, as plain as anything could be."
  • Debra Oaks Coe-- Angels in our midst
  • Jacki Friedmann -- "Something overcame me and I knew I had found my way."
  • Bill Greenan -- He prayed, and "awoke the following morning ... a changed person." Also read the story of Bill's wife, Gwen Greenan.
  • Richard Hardison -- A Tallahassee, Florida member responds to questions of agency.
  • Ed Hess -- A Vietnam vet finds Christ in the Book of Mormon.
  • Tracy Hickman -- The New York Times best-selling novelist describes his conversion to the gospel.
  • Christine Hill -- "I take no credit for the change. It was by divine intervention that I turned my life around."
  • Allen Leigh -- An answer to prayer
  • Cherie Logan -- "A joy beyond belief filled my heart when I heard the simple words..."
  • Elder Neal A. Maxwell -- His interview with PBS reporter Hugh Hewitt.
  • Elder Bruce R. McConkie -- The testimony he bore just three days before his death, April 1985. Also available at this site.
  • Jennifer Morgan -- A young woman finds focus in the gospel
  • Murat -- The story of a Turkish convert who found the gospel in Norway.
  • Dr. Hugh Nibley -- The respected scholar and professor of ancient languages discusses the possibility of the Book of Mormon as a fraud.
  • Sister Ingrid Olsen (not her real name) -- Richard Cracroft tells of the remarkable experience of a young Swedish woman in "We'll Sing and We'll Shout": A Mantic Celebration of the Holy Spirit.
  • Donny Osmond -- Contemporary or historic? Lose the cynicism! He's famous again!
  • Joseph L. Puente -- "My prayers have been answered time and again."
  • Meredith Rowe-- "...But as soon as I stepped into the warm waters, all my anxiety just faded away. An incredible feeling of peace and calm came over me."
  • Royal Skousen -- Ultraviolet photographs, ancient paper fragments, infrared light -- all part of his Book of Mormon research. But his testimony, he says, comes from a witness of the Spirit.
  • Tammy Schoeneweis-- "I was the one in need -- how could I feed His sheep?"
  • Marsha Williams Ward-- Perfect in Salt, Perfect in Soda
  • Dale Williams -- The power of fasting
  • Terry Tempest Williams -- Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Forest & Public Lands Management. Gospel in Action award winner!
  • Contemporary collections

  • Meridian Magazine's Missionary Journal Archive -- This is a new collection of very touching accounts of conversion. Have a read.
  • Rock of Revelation -- Yeah! It's back in business! Contribute your stories here!
  • Testify Submissions -- I've had so many people ask me to post their stories I've decided to start a page for submissions. I still encourage you to create a Web site of your own, but if you don't have Web access, or just can't figure it out, you may submit your story to be posted here.
  • Testimonies -- A slew of 'em. The page layout is awful; the content is fantastic.
  • Family History Moments -- A collection from the Church News.
  • Missionary Moments -- More from the Church News.
  • Testimonies -- A new and rapidly growing collection of testimonies and conversion stories.
  • The Hoyt Family -- Testimonies, along with other valuable links.
  • Caelum Fides -- Conversion stories collected by a former missionary to Ireland.
  • In the Temple -- Temple-related experiences with the Spirit.
  • International -- Stories from Latter-day Saints around the world.
  • Internet Resource Center -- Collection of testimony links.
  • Ohio LDS Chronicles -- Still under construction, but it's a promising start.
  • Testimonies -- From the "Married Mormon Women" page.
  • Testimony FAQs -- Frequently-asked questions about the nature of testimonies.
  • The Apostles -- Personal experiences with apostles and prophets.
  • Zion list -- Biographies-slash-conversion stories from members of this mailing list.
  • Historical collections

  • Families on the Web -- An interesting collection of old pioneer histories, some of which contain beautiful testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pioneer stories -- and some worthwhile genealogy links
  • Words of the Prophets -- Amazing. Listen to Wilford Woodruff (recorded in 1897), Joseph F. Smith, and Heber J. Grant bear testimony. Pres. Woodruff's accent is wonderful, especially when you consider that this was a man who had talked with Joseph Smith. (Audio files are slow loading, worth the wait)
  • Faith of our Fathers -- Archive of Stories from LDS Church History
  • Eight Witnesses -- Accounts of their lives, characters and testimonies. Or this account, newly listed, by Richard L. Anderson of all the witnesses who saw or handled the plates of the Book of Mormon.
  • Historical testimonies -- A historical collection of testimonies recorded by early members of the LDS Church.
  • Leaders -- Conversion stories from better-known members of the LDS Church collected by the Dept. of Religious Education at BYU.
  • Scott McGee's collection of journals and histories, including pioneer testimonies.
  • Personal histories -- A compilation by Joseph F. Buchanan.
  • Pioneer family stories -- Compiled by Maxine Moody.
  • Historical accounts

  • Heber Quincy Hale -- The 1920 account of a heavenly vision received by an Idaho stake president.
  • Mosiah Hancock -- His vision of the pre-existence.
  • Benjamin Brown -- His account of his own baptism, and of his wife's conversion.
  • Orson Hyde -- His conversion account.

  • The CompuServe Collection

    I made a commitment, a long time ago, to make these testimonies public on the CompuServe religion forum. Things happened, and herewith is my belated attempt to make amends. (These pages appear quickly... No waiting!)

  • David Birley -- The Photo-Op
  • Leander Pearson -- Moved by the Spirit
  • Robert Black -- On Temple Work
  • Gene Fuller -- The Odyssey
  • Todd Nielson -- A Prayerful Experience
  • Dave Birley -- Seeking a Testimony
  • Amarillo Sim -- A Missionary Experience
  • Robb Cundick -- Love One Another
  • Thom Duncan -- Burning of the Bosom
  • Craig S. Matteson -- Reality Bytes
  • Thom Duncan -- On Pride
  • RJ Rooney -- Truth
  • Vicki Judd -- Young Convert
  • Shane D. Yoakum -- A Serviceman's Testimony
  • Ann Hinman -- The Still, Small Voice
  • Brian Prothero -- Study and Prayer

  • A thread on testimony

    Testimonies borne in response to an inquiry from a woman considering membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    About the Author

    I am, in no particular order, a wife, a mom, a writer and an editor. And none of these things would I do well if I weren't also a firmly committed Saint. The Catholic meaning of the word has no application here. I find all my strength and meaning in life in my relationship with God, and through my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord has buoyed me through all the difficulties I've faced in this life -- and there have been many. It's in gratitude to God, and to the fellowship I've found in the Church, that I undertake this page, and make a public proclamation of the truth I've found: That God lives; that He loves me and that He loves all my brothers and sisters who share this planet with me; that he established a Church as the means by which we learn of Him and serve one another; that He stands ready to answer sincere, humble prayer; and that when answers come they come in unexpected, profound and unforgettable ways. And most importantly, that through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ we find our salvation and our hope. On these truths lie my very life.

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