CES broadcast: ‘Coming to know’

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom speaks to young adults


Individuals must “come to the knowledge” of their Redeemer, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president told young adults during the Church Educational System broadcast originating from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum center on the USU campus in Logan, Utah, on Sunday evening.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom.
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom. Credit: IRI

“This experience of mortality we once thought would be so adventurous can be frightening and intimidating at times — and just downright hard,” Sister Wixom said. “The veil prevents us from remembering what we once knew. Now we walk by faith. But we walk with the knowledge that with the Lord’s help we can come to know what we once knew.”

It is through the efforts of each individual that they will come to know their Savior, Sister Wixom said. As individuals put forth an effort, the Savior will help.

“Now is the time,” she said. “If you have not already done so, now is the time to seek the place where you can come to the knowledge of your Redeemer.”

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom.
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom. Credit: IRI

Sister Wixom shared four questions to help individuals come to the knowledge of their Redeemer.

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

Drawing from the Book of Mormon, Sister Wixom shared the story of the sons of Mosiah coming to know the Holy Ghost after searching the scriptures diligently, prayer and fasting.

“Then they went out to teach,” she said. “These were ordinary young men who had remarkable courage because of the Holy Ghost and a desire to know the word of God. … When you invite the Holy Ghost into your life and you live worthy of it, it will always be with you.”

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

Sister Wixom told a story of how Elder Clayton M. Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor, gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It was through studying for an hour daily that he was able to come to the knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and gospel.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom.
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom. Credit: IRI

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

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

“Each of us is mapping our own route,” Sister Wixom said. “We are different. Our personalities, talents and physical and emotional attributes vary. Some are God-given. Much comes from personal discipline. Our desires can conquer our frailties. …

“You make a plan and you live it the best you can. There will be detours. A bridge may be out here, you may encounter occasional road blocks there, or you may wander and get lost, but you can return to the path.”

  1. 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,” she said. “The adversary desires that we do not come to know God. He also desires that we be past feeling, confused and surrounded by noise, distractions, and anything that will prevent those quiet moments when we personally seek the Lord. … Only we can create time enough to know the Lord.

It is through coming to know the Holy Ghost, truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the plan for salvation that individuals are able to ‘come to know’ of the Savior.

“We come to know the Savior when we allow Him into our lives,” she said. “We are more eager to forgive and more willing to serve. When our hearts are open and receptive, we become more like Him. It is then that we discover that He has been with us all the time. We are at peace. Our trials are no longer burdens, but blessings, because they paved the path that took to us Him.”

Sister Wixom said the process includes having a humble heart, asking in faith, acting in diligence by keeping the commandment’s and following the Lord’s will and recognizing His hand.

“To see His hand is the confirmation of His love,” she said. “The more you recognize His hand in your life, the more involved He will be. That’s how you come to know the Savior you once knew.”

Coming to know for oneself is very personal and may be experienced many times in life, Sister Wixom said.

“Through coming to know the risen Savior, Jesus Christ, we come to know that through His Atonement, He will ease all pain. He brings relief and solace from every worry. He can carry our burdens and bring peace to every feeling of inadequacy and every desire for change.”