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Salt Lake City, UT
A Personal Symbol
New York Mormon
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
A Child Role Model
Las Vegas, NV
CTR means "Current Temple Recommend"
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.