As a young child I noticed the service of my parents and grandparents in the church. I heard their testimonies of Christ and His Church. I saw their faith through their diligence in their callings. I was proud to be their daughter, and I knew that they knew The Church of Latter Day Saints was the only true church on Earth. I suppose I leaned on their faith when I was young, but I don’t remember a time when I didn’t believe what I was being taught. It always felt right and made sense. As I grew up I continued to follow that good feeling and I learned to identify it as the Holy Spirit.
In my teenage years there were a few times I was blessed with the gift of perspective. When I was tempted to do something that wasn’t right, I knew immediately how that choice would affect my future and my faith. I just couldn’t justify making a wrong choice for my immediate satisfaction when I knew, with a little patience, great blessings would come for my faithfulness. And they did come! At 18 years old I married a wonderful man who I only knew for a short time. I prayed to know if the promptings I felt to marry him were right. I never received an obvious answer, but felt comfort and peace with my decision to marry him.
As I have gotten to know my husband over the past 11 years, I have continually been amazed at how right that decision to marry Tyler was. I know that inspired decision couldn’t have been made solely by 18 year old me. It was inspiration from my Heavenly Father. What a testimony builder that has been! There have been other decisions that Tyler and I have made where I have seen the hand of the Lord. I have learned to trust in His timing and understand that I don’t have the perspective that my Heavenly Father has. I know that I have Heavenly Parents who love my family and me. I know Christ is my Savior. I believe with a little faith, we all can receive our own revelation from the Holy Ghost. I know, when we follow the teachings of Christ, we are blessed abundantly. I will always be thankful for my family for teaching me these things and setting such great examples through the way they lived their own lives. I am grateful we will be a family forever!
-Misty Smith Garrett