We are, however, encouraged to know for ourselves. I may have been born to Mormon parents, and as a child I probably did go to church because my parent’s expected it of me while living at home – yet I have come to the knowledge for myself that being a Mormon is the right thing for me. I love the feeling of warmth, comfort, and security that I feel when I am listening to the words of the prophet. I thoroughly enjoy reading and studying the Book of Mormon, which helps me understand the Bible and Christ’s teachings so much more. I have prayed to know if Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ, and if he really did restore missing truths. I have had countless moments when I feel like I understand, feel loved, or feel that what I am doing is right. I have also seen the blessings that come from living good standards and principles – like paying tithing, as commanded, or dressing modestly, as advised.
Living good standards and following important principles can be a big commitment. I believe ones beliefs should not be passive – our religion, set of values, or beliefs should be reflected in how we live our lives, how we speak, dress, and act, and most importantly, how we make decisions.