This journal entry was written by Dale and Jan at the beginning of their eighth week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.
I think one of the main things that I have learned is there is a major difference in testimony and conversion. Testimony is the inward conviction that the gospel is true, Jesus is the Christ, Heavenly Father lives and has an eternal plan for us. Conversion is the daily living and action process of growth and change we go through. Like building blocks, as I create and expand the block base and build upward my structure becomes stronger which in this case supports my testimony better. I hope to continue to build my base to support and strengthen my testimony.
When I started to read the book Act in Doctrine, I really didn’t know what would be in store for me or my family. I took on the challenge and really pondered how this could help me. Life hasn’t been easy these last few weeks, but what I have learned is that my conversion is up to me. I have to make a point each day to meditate and reflect upon the true doctrine given for my day and time. I just can’t afford to let my scriptures just sit on a shelf. Discipleship is demanding, as it says, and my testimony needs nourishing. My conversion needs strengthening. Because of the Savior, I can carry on despite a death in the family. Because of the Atonement, I can receive peace to my heart. Because of the plan of happiness, I can feel hope. I am truly blessed.