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Here is a copy of my birth certificate. [Show document.] My birth certificate indicates that I was born in Rochester, NY in 1955. It objectively testifies to me that that I am a citizen of the United States. I don’t need to ask myself, “Do I feel like a U.S. citizen?” My birth certificate tells me I am, regardless of how I feel. Feelings play no role in assurance of our earthly citizenship. And feelings also play no role in assurance of our heavenly citizenship. So don’t look inward and depend on your feelings to determine your spiritual status.