Testimony: Get One


One Lord One Faith One Baptism
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands firm in supporting the biblical New Testament scripture that there is only "one Lord, one faith and one baptism." (Ephesians 4:5) The interpretation thereof is doctrinally set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants proclaiming that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is, "the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth..."[i] 



DONT HAVE A TESTIMONY? LEAN ON SOMEONE WHO DOES
For most of my childhood to teenage years I struggled with the getting my own testimony. Most of what I believed was because my mom and my dad believed it. I wanted to grow up and stand on my own. But according to President Spencer W. Kimball there is nothing wrong with leaning on someone else's testimony until you get your own. Richard G. Scott recounts the story, "He invited the elder to lean on his testimony. That is not being hypocritical because what is testified of is true.[ii]

DONT HAVE A TESTIMONY? LIVE BY THE PRINCIPLES
In order for one to receive a testimony about a certain principle or doctrine he or she must live by that principle or doctrine by expressions of faith. For example if you want to have a testimony that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God then you will read his revelations and apply them into your life. President Spencer W. Kimball once declared that, "as one demonstrates with faith a willingness to follow that principle of the Lord, He will confirm that Joseph Smith is in very deed a prophet."[iii]

DONT HAVE A TESTIMONY? BEAR ONE TO GET ONE.
Spencer W. Kimball
Would you consider it hypocritical to bear witness of something that you may not be sure of yourself? One day a missionary asked President Kimball that very same question.  He told him of a unique and to be honest an unusual way to gain a testimony.  He explained to the missionary that if he would like to have a testimony of any tenant, dogma or principle that the LDS church teaches then he could do so "by bearing witness of that principle."[iv] In the spirit of teaching truth we can find the Holy Ghost bearing witness to what you way. Bear your testimony to someone about a principle that you are struggling to follow and the Spirit will bear witness to both you and those you are teaching.

EVENTUALLY ALL MUST HAVE THEIR OWN TESTIMONY.
Truman G. Madsen
It is essential that in time you receive your own testimony. There are as Madsen once delicately put it, "some people [that] are gifted to know, and others are gifted to believe on what those people know. Or, to put it differently, some people have secondhand testimonies. My own conviction is that this is a preparatory gift. It is not sufficient unto itself. You cannot live and endure and overcome simply on the basis of believing the word of another. Sooner or later, and preferably sooner, you too will come to firsthand and direct knowledge for yourself."[v] Getting a testimony about the validity and truthfulness of the LDS church is an essential part of your religious salvation. It should be of upmost importance to not only receive a testimony but to keep and strengthen that testimony every day.



[i] Doctrine and Covenants 1:30
[ii] Recollection of Richard G. Scott; Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy Page 68
[iii] Recollection of Richard G. Scott; Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy Page 68
[iv] Recollection of Richard G. Scott; Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy Page 68
[v] Truman G. Madsen




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