Mitt Romney as a Young Missionary: How He Overcame Despair and Refuted Attacks from a Catholic Priest
Before I went on my mission to France, I read the Book of Mormon, fasted for a day, and prayed to have God reveal to me whether it was true or false. Nothing happened. I had read in the book of Moroni that I would get an answer, and I assumed it would be clear, convincing, and probably somewhat physical. I had forgotten the earlier passages in the Book of Mormon that suggested that its truth could come instead through a more experiential, lengthy process (see Alma 32, for one example).
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I still remember the day I was called to be a patriarch. The stake president came and sat on the stand just before I began conducting sacrament meeting. After the closing song, he asked if my wife and I would meet with him.
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Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh, I’m not creative”? I’ve not only heard this phrase dozens of times, I’ve also said it. But is it true?
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Consider this quote from Brigham Young on the necessity of the gifts of the Spirit in the Church:
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