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Carlingford NSW, Australia
Sault Sainte Marie, MI
Idaho Falls, ID
I can't say that I have a particularly extraordinary story about my CTR ring other than the fact that as a secondary education teacher I like to help demonstrate my devotion to my beliefs. I like to have it especially when traveling around the world and it being brought up in a casual conversation. It is always a great opportunity to share with others what I truly believe in. Symbols are powerful, but symbols through example are even more powerful.
Salt Lake City, UT
My name is Susan Fowler and I guess you could say I'm a New York Mormon.
I've always considered myself blessed because I have always known that there was a loving God and with that knowledge came also the sure feeling that there must be a path, a way that was planned for me to know this God.
I spent most of my life as a seeker. I wanted to find that path.
As a child I was brought up by my mother to be a member of a certain church. I followed that teaching although I knew in my heart it was not the right one. When I was old enough to make my own decisions I left that church and set out on my quest.
It was a journey of many years that led my through the full spectrum of religious beliefs and value systems. I usually tell people that I have "auditioned" as many churches, ashrams, synagogues, mosques and temples as I could find. I have been methodized and calvinated. I have danced with the krishnas and chanted with the buddhists. I have quaked and shaked but drew the line at donning a veil.
In all those many trials and errors I never felt that I had found my God. I NEVER felt the desire to join these groups; I never felt the Spirit.
I guess the
I KNEW that the path was there somewhere and it was my desire, my duty to myself and my God to find it.
AND I DID. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I love my CTR ring because it is symbol of my quest and the great reward that Heavenly Father has given me.
New York, NY
Las Vegas, NV
The setting of the conference was a little less formal than a General Conference of the church, which made it fun to hear the general authorities of the church cracking more jokes than typical as they addressed thousands of members.
President Jensen, a stake president of the area gave a touching talk about being kind and caring to others. Sister Dibb talked about finding the “real” things in life; including finding real relationships, and real happiness. President Packer talked about missionary work, missionaries, and how we can help those that are of age and have not yet decided to serve, make that important decision to serve. He also stated that there were over 4400 missionaries serving from our region, and that there are enough missionaries currently serving to fill the Marriott Center two and a half times! That was awesome to hear!
Ever since Elder Utchdorf has been serving as a General Authority of the church, I always try to pay special attention to his talks. He has quickly become one of my favorites to listen to and learn from; his talk today was equally as inspiring to me. He gave the members of the church 3 “Tips to succeed in the lifelong conversion process”. They were: study the word of God daily, carry a current temple recommend, and speak with your Father in heaven daily.
One thing he said that I particularly enjoyed was the analogy he made with the meaning of the letters CTR. He acknowledged that CTR means “Choose the Right” but also mentioned that it can have another meaning, “Current Temple Recommend”. What a great reminder to have on my finger everyday! Whenever I put on my CTR ring, I am going to make sure that it becomes my reminder to always CTR and also live worthy to carry a CTR.
I hope that we, as members of the Lord’s true church, can always have the goal to CTR, whatever it may mean to you in your personal life. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Brandon Young, Admin
Wearing the CTR ring is inspiring to me as a reminder of what we're here for on this earth to do and have a chance to teach the gospel to others. It is a door opener people ask what CTR means, expecting it to be initials of my wife or some other meaning. But when I tell them it means “choose the right” they are impressed and think it’s cool and it strengthens my testimony every chance I have to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Las Vegas, NV
I have had a lot of missionary experiences with my CTR ring, and here is just one. For one of our class projects we had to make a poster on our culture and one of the things we had to include in the poster was our religion. So on my poster I put a picture of a CTR ring, and I pointed out my ring on my finger and I told everyone what it meant. Then everyone started pointing it out on my finger as I walked in the hallway or they would ask to look at it and would sometimes ask me other questions about the church. From then on I had more courage to share the gospel and my friends respected my standards more and knew more about the church. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to share some of my gospel light.
We introduced a CTR ring "Wear and Share" program with our primary kids at the beginning of the year with the goal to give away 100 CTR rings by the end of the year.
To start, we made sure each of the children had one, and emphasized the importance of keeping it on their finger. Even the teachers got rings and wore them. Every Sunday, we took some time in opening exercises and let the children share any experiences they had in which a friend, neighbor or classmate noticed their ring and asked about it.
The kids shared what CTR stood for, and that it helped them remember to make good choices. After they shared their experience, we gave them a ring to give to their friend. Some kids were giving out 3 rings in one week. It took only about 3 months to give away 100 rings in our small community!
I talked to my mom, who converted to the church when she was 18 and she said that I should teach him about the gospel and why that was wrong. A few weeks later I heard that Kirby Heyborne was going to be at our local Deseret Book store, so I went to meet him.
While I was there I purchased Sons of Provo, which Kirby signed. When I went home I watched the movie and the one part that stuck out to me was the part where Kirby's character talked about his CTR Ring and how it "keeps him where he needs to be." So I decided to drive back to Deseret Book and find the perfect CTR Ring for my best friend.
When I found it, I put it on a chain and gave it to him as a reminder to make the right decision. Now he wears it around his neck every day, and when I ask him if he's having any trouble, he always says, "You know, whenever I wear this ring around my neck, I'm not tempted to do that. It's like it's making me do the right thing."
I felt really strongly about getting a new one when my old ring got to small. I couldn't wait to get my new ring, and finally the day came. I was so excited I showed it to all my LDS friends. After all the hype died down and the ring became a normal thing on my finger I loved it still and always wore it.
Then one day in a Music Appreciation class one of my non-member friends asked what that was on my finger, and what it stood for. As I told him, I felt the spirit guiding me to go further and further. Soon it became an everyday thing to talk about our church and what he did and didn't know.
Eventually I was able to give him a Book of Mormon and he came to church with me every once in a while. Unfortunately i had to move, but as I check up every once in a while he still goes regularly to church and mutual. I was so very happy to have been able to help God's work be fulfilled.
Casa Grande, AZ
I remember when I was serving as a missionary in Spain, Madrid one day my companion and I decided to make some brownies for a less-active member in our area. We had been out knocking doors that morning and planned on going in just before our "medio dia" siesta time to make these brownies. When we got to our apartment, I remember taking some garbage that was in my pocket out of my pocket and also taking my ring off my finger to make these brownies.
When we finished making the brownies, before we left to deliver the brownies I grabbed everything I set on the counter (including my CTR ring and the garbage I had taken out of my pocket) and put it back in my pocket, with the intention to throw it in a garbage can en route to visit this particular member. When we passed a garbage can, I took everything out of my pocket and threw it away, not realizing my CTR ring was there with the garbage I was going to toss.
We made the visit, and upon returning to our apartment for meido dia, I realized I didn't have my CTR ring, but could not remember where I had put it. I looked all over the apartment. In the bathroom, the kitchen, our study room, EVERYWHERE, and I could not remember where I had put it.
After 30 minutes of looking, and realizing the intrinsic value the ring had to me being a Christmas gift from my mother, I knew I had to find it. It wasn't until that moment that I realized that I had to pray to find this ring. I knelt down and started to pray, and even before I finished my prayer, it hit me like a ton of bricks... I HAD THROWN THE RING IN THE TRASH CAN! To my excitement, I went and grabbed my companion and took him back out to the street we walked to get to the member's house. Amazingly, I knew the EXACT trashcan I threw it in, and sure enough, it was there.
Through this experience and many others like it, I have grown to learn to always choose the right and trust in the power of prayer. I am so grateful for this experience and that I still have my CTR ring. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.