I have stated that I know the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true.  How do I know this?  The first thing to understand is that we are spirit beings.  We are the spirit sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.  Our spirit body is made of a different matter than our physical body and in this mortal life our spirit is within our physical body.  The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit and can communicate with us spirit to spirit.  The process starts when a person wants to know a truth, and seeks to understand by listening to explanations, reading, and pondering, until they come to believe in this truth.  By humbly asking Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to confirm what they believe to be true, the answer will come according to the Lord’s timing and method by the Holy Ghost.  This confirmation by the Holy Ghost is usually described as a ‘feeling’ like peace or burning within or pure intelligence.  Trying to describe it has been characterized as like trying to explain how salt tastes.  It is not possible to explain it, one has to taste it to know.

I can imagine there are those who would say that a person can simply conjure this ‘feeling’ up and declare that they know.  Certainly a person could do this, but to what end?  They would only be fooling themselves.  One person’s testimony does not prove or disprove anything for another person.  Each person has to go into the laboratory of their own heart and do the experiment themselves.  Anyone who sincerely follows the process will know that the confirmation they receive through the Holy Ghost is not something they could conjure up.

The best way to test the truthfulness of what I am saying is to read the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith.  Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and given the task of translating the Book of Mormon from ancient records written by prophets on the American continent.  The Lord has given us something tangible in the Book of Mormon to verify the restoration of His church through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  I encourage you to make the experiment: read the Book of Mormon, and ask Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to verify that it came from Him.