No. I didn't stand up in front of the congregation and share my testimony this morning. I didn't take the chance to tell my fellow saints how very dear they are to me and how sometimes just seeing their faces makes my whole week better. I didn't say how completely true I know the gospel to be and how every single day I am thankful for the effects it has on my life.
No. I didn't say anything. But I did show up. And I will keep showing up.
I will wrangle two VERY active boys into constricting suits every Sunday, brush their teeth and hair (which let's face it, doesn't happen nearly often enough because of the epic battle that ensues. Yes, we are a little gross...), pack toys that won't be touched because the podium in front of the chapel is of far superior intrigue, stash snacks that will mostly be ignored except when they are being ground into the carpet/pew/my hair and clothes, deal with leaving all of my classes at least once (on a good day) to feed/change/comfort/distract/put someone in time out, spend the majority of my time exchanging glances with husband secretly agreeing to tie my fallopian tubes in double knots the second we get home, drag a screeching three year old out of the chapel over and over and over trying to teach him the proper reverence for our meetings... and then, once it's all over, I will herd the troublesome twosome to the car where the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth will consume the entirety of our drive home.
And after all that, I'll be back next Sunday, begging for more.
Because the church is true.
And sometimes just showing up is the most powerful way to show you know it.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us, they love us and Christ did come to earth to teach us how to return home again someday. He suffered for our sins and our pains so that He can help us when no one else can. President Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet of God on the earth today and his words will keep us out of trouble in this uncertain and ever changing world. Joseph Smith did find and translate the Book of Mormon for our day. It is a true record that can bless us beyond our wildest dreams if we follow its teachings. I am thankful today and everyday that I have this beautiful gospel in my life. I hope to teach my children its beauty and see them grow in faith and the light of the truth.
And that is my testimony for today.