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Monday, August 4, 2014

What is a testimony?

Taught by - Leila J.

A testimony has been referred to as a spiritual bank account in which we invest or deposit teachings, experiences, and spiritual treasures in our minds and hearts that can be called upon when questions arise or when someone challenges the truths we hold sacred.

Anyone's faith can weaken if he allows his testimony to lie dormant and unused.

"The possession of a sure testimony is the most valuable possession a person can have." - Marion G. Romney

"In our world today it is a rare and precious thing to have a testimony that God our Heavenly Father lives, that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and Redeemer.... The profound blessing of having a testimony of these truths cannot be measured or ever taken for granted." - Elder M. Russell Ballard

"A testimony is when your heart tells you things your mind doesn't know." - Harold B. Lee

President Boyd K. Packer spoke about testimony at the April 2014 General Conference. He related a time during WWII when he was stationed in Japan. He was discouraged and struggling with doubt and uncertainty. he wanted a personal testimony of the gospel. One night he found a secluded placed and prayed to know. (Read from his talk)*

Pres. Packer then shared the truths he felt are the most worth knowing, the things he has learned and experienced over his lifetime and as a General Authority.
1) "One eternal truth that I have come to know is that God lives. He is our Father. We are His children.
2) "Another truth I have come to know is that the Holy Ghost is real."

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