Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Scripture Feasting #13 - Testify

Boyd K. Packer said, "A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!" 

"... It is one thing to receive a witness from what you have read or another has said; and that is a necessary beginning. It is quite another to have the Spirit confirm to you in your bosom that what you have testified is true" ("The Candle of the Lord, 54-55). 

Testifying does not have to be formal in a sacrament meeting. 

It can be expressed in a variety of ways. It can boost the power of your scripture study as you testify of what you are learning. You are inviting the Holy Ghost to testify to your spirit the truthfulness of what you are learning. Having the Holy Ghost witness to you that something is true also can give you power to do it. 
"Divine inspiration and power . . . inspiration to know the will of the Lord, power to provide the ability to accomplish that inspired will" (Elder Richard G. Scott, "The Transforming Power of Faith and Character," Ensign, Nov. 2010). 
  • Share on social media a favorite verse you read today and why you like it.  
  • Testify to yourself in your mind, or to Heavenly Father in prayer. You can even do this in the car. Just say some of the things you know are true. It's amazing how quickly the Spirit fills your heart and testifies to you that what you said is true. 
  • Write an "I know" or "I believe" statement in your scripture margin or scripture journal. For example, “I know that because God helped Nephi get the brass plates even after multiple failures, He will help me overcome my challenges even if it doesn’t work out the first time.” Or "I know that if I follow God's promptings, He will make a way for me to succeed." 
  • Once in a while hold a family home evening that is a family testimony meeting. This may sound awkward, but we discovered that our family really likes doing this. At a recent family reunion we took turns sharing good things the Lord has done for us that year, which is an informal testimony sharing. 
  • Discuss what you learn with a spouse, friend, or family members. My college walking partner and I used to read scriptures alone and then share on our walk what we learned and what it meant to us. This really brought scripture study alive. I know a family who does this for their daily scripture study together. 
  • Join a discussion forum like one of these: 

Here is what Elder Bednar said about the power of sharing your testimony in your family. 
"Parents should be vigilant and spiritually attentive to spontaneously occurring opportunities to bear testimony to their children. Such occasions need not be programmed, scheduled, or scripted. In fact, the less regimented such testimony sharing is, the greater the likelihood for edification and lasting impact" (Elder David A. Bednar, "Watching with All Perseverance," Ensign, May 2010). 

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