They Know It, Live It, and Love It

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“They Know It, Live It, and Love It,” New Era, July 2013, 44

They Know It, Live It, and Love It

young women with T-shirts

Photographs courtesy of Laura Call and Lesa Mann

When Sister Ann M. Dibb, former second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, spoke in the October 2012 general conference about a T-shirt she’d be proud to wear, youth throughout the world took the idea and ran with it. Such T-shirts have cropped up all over declaring: “I’m a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it” (“I Know It. I Live It. I Love It,” Ensign, Nov. 2012, 10).

Many youth had gospel conversations with friends as a result of wearing their shirts. Here are a few of their experiences.

The young women from a ward in Virginia, USA, wanted to create these shirts for Mutual and then wear them to school. Emily C., 14, had recently moved from out of state. Many of her friends at school didn’t yet know she is a member of the Church. “A lot of my friends pointed out my shirt and thought it was so cool,” Emily says. “They asked a little bit about the Church, and I told them about the temple.”

In California, USA, an entire seminary group decided to wear their shirts to school on the same day. “A girl at school asked me about my shirt, and we were able to have a religious discussion,” says Rachael P., 15.

Another seminary student from the group, 17-year-old Hunter C., explains that a friend asked him, “Do you really love it?” To which Hunter answered, “Yes, I do.” Hunter’s friend then asked follow-up questions about the missionaries.

Creating and wearing such a T-shirt might be a simple act, but as we learn in Alma 37:6, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”