Young friends, I know it will stun you, shock you, perhaps even offend you that I was your age once and can remember some of the challenges I faced, some of the angst I felt as a young adult. I wish to share one profound experience I had as a young adult that has shaped my life.

As a 19-year-old, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time with “real intent.” It was while reading this sacred record so hungrily, even ravenously, that I felt—again and again—the undeniable whispering of the Holy Ghost declaring to my soul the truthfulness of its message. To those first convictions have been added all the other quickening moments and sanctifying manifestations that now give meaning to my days and purpose to my years. But the Book of Mormon was the first.

I testify that the Book of Mormon is the sacred expression of Christ’s great last covenant with mankind. Reading it was the beginning of my light. It led me to and taught me to love the Lord Jesus Christ, to glimpse His merciful compassion, and to consider the grace and grandeur of His atoning sacrifice for my sins and the sins of all men, women, and children from Adam to the end of time. The light I walk by is His light. I testify that you can walk by the same light. Seek your witness with “real intent.” Come unto Him and achieve “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Your life, like mine, will never be the same.