Janet Edwards, Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square missionary from New York: I was living in New York City, swept away by the worldliness of the theater. With the tragic events of 9/11, I painfully realized my life was not one of eternal joy. I was serving the wrong master; I had forgotten that Jesus Christ must come first. On that day I made the greatest decision of my life—I chose the Lord—His peace and happiness.
Galina Pershina, Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square missionary from Russia: When I joined the Church my family asked me not to try to convert them. While I have been on my mission, my mother fell seriously ill. My Relief Society sisters in Russia wrapped charitable arms around her. When she is with them she feels the same spirit I feel; she feels closer to me; she feels the love of Christ.
Florence Chukwurah, Relief Society general board member from Nigeria: I chose early in life to break from poverty and to seek God diligently. I decided to be obedient to my parents and elders and to be serious with my schoolwork. I made up my mind to work hard with my hands. The Lord heard my prayers and crowned my efforts with blessings for me and my family.
Donna S. Packer, wife of President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; mother; grandmother; and great-grandmother from Utah: Choosing a witness of my own—in my daily life with all the trials, I cannot live on borrowed light. Nor can I lean forever on the spiritual knowledge of others. I must know for myself. And it is only the power of the Holy Ghost that gives us a witness, that seals it in our souls, that Jesus is the living Christ. This I know.