Over the years I have seen many people leave my religion(and religion in general) to follow their own path. While this saddens me a great deal I still love those that have chosen to leave. Many people have asked me why I stay. The answer is simple really. My prayers have been answered too many times for it to be a coincidence.
There is certainly a logical case to be made for religion and the existence of God and perhaps on another occasion I will make that case but at this time it suffices me to state that I have experimented with the promises set out in the scriptures.
And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/2?lang=eng
But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/alma/32
As we seek to understand the will of God He will reveal it. It does, however, come with a cost. That cost is obedience to His word. To receive a sure witness we must be obedient over many years. Such was my struggle, I set out to either prove or disprove the existence of God. I found the He lives. He lives in a very real and personal way. I started off thinking that it was pure coincidence that my prayers were answered. These coincidences grew to a point that it was no longer logical to believe that they were coincidences. God actually answers prayers in predictable and miraculous way. He cares about us individually.
Since that time I have had many personal experiences with God that prove to me how much He loves us and how much He desires our continued progress. He has answered my prayers and more than that He has guided my life. I’m still not perfect. I make mistakes, I have my faults but I am forever grateful to God for sending His Son to free me through repentance and believing in His name. What a wonderful comfort it is to know that there is a an all knowing God that guides my life. It would be a thoroughly miserable existence without that knowledge.