Spiritually Defining Memories

Read Elder Neil L. Andersen's full address...

ONE || Elder Andersen makes it a point that although these experiences are all very individualized, some of them include other people. He also points out that children can have these experiences just as much as we can. One of the biggest blessings I have found as a mother is that I get to be a part of each of my children’s path to finding God and the Savior. I can choose to be a part of their spiritually defining memories.

TWO || After reading some of the examples in the talk and evaluating my own memories I realized that not all experiences are rooted in goodness. Some of the biggest shifts in my life occur from my own sins, the sins of others, misfortunes of life, and the painful path of utilizing the Atonement. The common phrase that “I am grateful for my trials because they have made me who I am today”, took on a new meaning for me. So many lessons can be found in looking at our own experiences. I feel an urgency to record more of my experiences!

THREE || Most of my spiritually defining memories I could tell, not with exact remembrance, but with an undeniable feeling that became my truth and remains a part of my testimony today. Doing the challenge for myself has helped me understand my relationship with God and how I “hear Him”.


"There are times when spiritual feelings go down into our heart like fire, illuminating our soul."

"Let [these experiences] bring patience to your doubts and understanding to your difficulties. I promise you that as you willingly acknowledge and carefully treasure the spiritually defining events in your life, more and more will come to you."



Create a testimony timeline and mark some of your spiritually defining memories. Maybe you mark the year of your earliest memory at the top of the page, then 2020 at the bottom. Throughout the week, pray to have your spiritual memories brought to remembrance, then record any details that come to mind. Where were you? Were there other people involved? What about this experience is undeniable? Throughout the week keep adding to your timeline and consider sharing an experience with someone else!

Respond to our Fall 2020 Community Prompt and share a spiritual defining memory of how Jesus Christ became a rock in your life!