Primary General President Defines a Way to Know

  • 4 May 2011

Article Highlights

  • Sister Wixom answered the following questions:
  • How will I come to know the Spirit of the Holy Ghost?
  • How will I come to know the Book of Mormon is true?
  • How will I come to know the personal plan Heavenly Father has for me?
  • How will I come to know the Father and His Beloved Son?

“[Coming to know] is the process of remembering what we once knew. Just know this: you do know Him.” —Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President

In a Church Educational System fireside on May 1, 2011, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed young adults and outlined four questions that will help individuals come to the knowledge of their Redeemer.

“This experience of mortality we once thought would be so adventurous can be frightening and intimidating at times—and just downright hard! The veil prevents us from remembering what we once knew,” she said. “Now we are relearning how well we knew [the Savior]. … We knew Him then, but it is only through our effort that we will come to know Him here.”

She recounted the story of the people who “came to the knowledge of their Redeemer” (Mosiah 18:30) at the waters of Mormon.

“Perhaps we should consider our surrounding landscape and what role it plays in our quest to come to the knowledge of our Redeemer,” she suggested. “Now is the time to seek the place where you can come to the knowledge of your Redeemer. Where is your waters of Mormon?”

1. How will I come to know the Spirit of the Holy Ghost?

Citing the examples of the sons of Mosiah searching the scriptures diligently and “[giving] themselves to much fasting and prayer” (see Alma 17:2–3), Sister Wixom said, “When you invite the Spirit of the Holy Ghost and you live worthy of it, it will always be with you.”

She also quoted the prophet Mormon: “Because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 8:26).

2. How will I come to know the Book of Mormon is true?

“Coming to know the truth comes with effort,” Sister Wixom said. “And the more effort we give, the greater the reward.”

She told the story of Elder Clayton M. Christensen, who, as a student at Oxford University in England, dedicated an hour each evening to reading, studying, and praying over each page of the Book of Mormon until he received a confirmation that it was true.

3. How will I come to know the personal plan Heavenly Father has for me?

Heavenly Father’s plan for us is happiness, Sister Wixom said.

“He expects us to find our place in His plan and do all that we can to live it by obeying the commandments and standing in holy places,” she said. “If our ultimate goal is that of exaltation, our plan to get there will begin to drive every decision we make. We do not walk alone.”

4. How will I come to know the Father and His Beloved Son?

“To come to know the Father and His Son is the purpose of our existence,” Sister Wixom said. “’And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent’” (John 17:3).

Sister Wixom testified that as we allow the Savior into our lives, as we open our hearts and are more eager to forgive and to serve, we will come to know the Savior, and we will discover He has been with us all the time.

“To come to know the Holy Ghost, to come to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, to come to know the plan Heavenly Father has for each one of us, and to come to know the Father and the Son is a beautiful process,” she said.

 She said as we go through that process, the Savior can ease all pain and bring peace to every worry, feeling of inadequacy, or desire for change.

“We may experience that ‘coming to know’ numerous times in our lives,” Sister Wixom said in closing. “It is the process of remembering what we once knew. Just know this: you do know Him.”