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Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, speaks April 3 during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A little over a year ago, 2-year-old Ethan Carnesecca from American Fork, Utah, was flown from a local hospital to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City when his pneumonia became serious. His mother, Michele, accompanied him in the helicopter. During a critical moment, she noticed that they were flying directly over the Draper Utah Temple and could see three other temples. She thought of the blessings of the temple and the gospel that she had been taught all her life

"The thought came into her mind: 'Do you believe it or not?'" Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, said.

She quoted Sister Carnesecca, who said, "I knew it, but did I believe it? My answer came as quickly as the question popped into my head: the Spirit confirmed to my heart and mind the answer I already knew — I did believe it!"

"This defining moment for Michele confirmed to her that what she had been taught all of her life was more than just words; it is true," Sister Oscarson said during the Sunday morning session of general conference.

"Think for just a minute about the profound claims we make as a religion," Sister Oscarson said. "We believe that the same Church Jesus Christ established while on the earth has been restored once again by a prophet called of God in our time and that our leaders hold the same power and authority to act in God's name that ancient apostles held."

Sister Oscarson continued, "If these things are true, then we have the greatest message of hope and help that the world has ever known."

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Believing, as opposed to only knowing, requires personal conversion, she said. "We all need to seek to have our hearts and very natures changed so that we no longer have a desire to follow the ways of the world but to please God," Sister Oscarson said. "True conversion is a process that takes place over a period of time and involves a willingness to exercise faith."

Sister Oscarson closed with her testimony, saying, "I bear witness that our membership in the Lord's kingdom is a gift of immeasurable value. I testify that the blessings and peace the Lord has in store for those who are obedient and faithful exceed anything the human mind can comprehend."

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