“A testimony is what we know to be true in our minds and in our hearts by the witness of the Holy Ghost (see D&C 8:2). As we profess truth rather than admonish, exhort, or simply share interesting experiences, we invite the Holy Ghost to confirm the verity of our words.” David A. Bednar More Diligent and Concerned At Home
Your testimony is more powerful than you realize.
A testament of truth:
Was that lesson just for me? Was that talk for me? We’ve all had this happen. Maybe it was a comment from the random lady in the ward, a quick side note from the teacher, a scripture shared, a quote, a video, a book, or a simple testimony. However, that prayer was answered, and it struck you. It made you grateful for going to church that day (even if you didn’t get much out of sacrament meeting because the kids wouldn’t stop terrorizing each other).
Think of how many prayers would go unanswered if we never shared our experiences, thoughts, and knowings. Testimonies are POWERFUL, and there are so many ways we share them.
Finding ways to testify in a lesson that something we know is true can be tricky. We are excited to let the people in our class know just how much we have learned and KNOW, but you see it is that whole “let them know that you know” thing that can be uninspiring. The most powerful testimonies I find in scripture are one or two sentences, some are only two words: “He lives!”
The power behind those words need not be explained, for all know, and that is enough. We can find ways to testify throughout our lesson in these profound and concise ways.
So here is: How to bear testimony….concisely!
1. A Simple Phrase Goes A Long Way
Most of the time, the long 5 minute testimony at the end of the lesson is not the most effective way to bear testimony. A powerful and simple, “I know this to be true,” can be added anywhere in your lesson.
2. Use Something To Explain How You Gained A Testimony
How did you gain your testimony on a particular gospel principle? Was it a song? Hymn? Scripture? Video? Picture? Experience? Whatever it is, share it. Share by telling the class how you gained your testimony, and then show them what is was that helped you gain your testimony.
For example, the videos the church puts out on the Savior have always helped me know my Savior better. From these videos I have gained a testimony of His divine role in the Plan of Salvation and in my life, and how He is our ultimate example. The video that has affected me the most is this one. Please feel free to watch it. I hope that it helps you understand the Saviors role in your life, as it helped me.
My challenge to you!
A great way to learn how to be concise and profound in bearing our testimony is by studying the prophets and apostles words. They use their testimony in many different ways when they speak. A great learning exercise would be to go through this past conference Ensign issue and study each speakers way of bearing testimony.
How do they make their testimony concise?
What things do they share to bear their testimony?
How do they show their testimony?
How do they make it powerful?
Underline. Comment. Implement. This is what I will be doing this week. I love finding new ways to use the conference talks! We can learn so much from them.