Elder Gary J. Coleman speaks of his conversion, understanding of the true nature of the Godhead, access to additional scripture and revelation, and partaking of the blessings of priesthood authority.
[MUSIC] Growing up in my family, we lived as devout members of another Christian faith. I was baptized a member of that church shortly after my birth. Our family went to church each week. I thought that someday I would enter the full-time ministry in my church. There was no question in our minds that could define ourselves as devout Christians.
When I was a university student, however, I became acquainted with the members and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Christian faith centered on the Savior. I began to learn about the doctrine of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days.
I learned true that I had not known before that changed my life and how I viewed the Gospel. The first restored truth that I learned was the nature of the Godhead. It was a stunning awakening for me to finally understand the truth about the nature of God the Eternal Father and His only begotten Son.
The second restored truth I learned as an investigator of this church was the reality of additional scripture and revelation. The prophet Isaiah saw in vision a book that he proclaimed was part of a marvelous work and a wonder. I testify that the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, is that book.
I first read the Book of Mormon at the age of 21. I then asked God if it was true. The truth of it was manifest unto me by the comforting power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Book of Mormon is a second testament of Jesus Christ.
Another restored truth of the gospel I became acquainted with was the restoration of priesthood authority, or the power to act in God's name. Former prophets and apostles such as Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John have been sent by God and Christ in our day to restore the Holy Priesthood of God. "Every priesthood holder in this Church can trace his priesthood authority directly to Jesus Christ."
I am a devout Christian who is exceedingly fortunate to have this greater knowledge and blessing in my life since my conversion to the Restored Church. And I testify of these truths in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.