What is a testimony? How does it come about and what does it

mean to the bearer? In 1Cor 12:3 the Apostle Paul, teaching of the

gifts of the Spirit said “…no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but

by the Holy Ghost.” John the Baptist gave a perfect testimony to the

Jews and priests:

“And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:32)

It is also true, I believe, that a young boy named Joseph Smith asked his Heavenly Father to direct him to the correct

church one fateful day in 1820, and that as a result of his ensuing

testimony he endured from that time forward naught but hardship,

persecution and eventually murder, finally sealing with his own

blood his testimony of what he heard and saw that day in the grove

near his father’s farm.

Like a court witness who gives affirmation of fact, a testimony is

actual evidence of an event. It does not come simply, in most cases. If

it is a spiritual affirmation, it comes by the power of the Holy Ghost

to one who has dutifully studied, prayed and perhaps fasted in faith

to know for certain some great point of eternal truth. The Holy Ghost

(or Holy Spirit) then gives its revelation. But this sacred prompting

must be received as truth when revealed, for that holy messenger

of the Lord will not linger with unbelievers. Those who deny what

they have felt or who look to intellectualize or criticize it will find the

prompting slipping away and their inspiration lost in confusion.

A testimony, then, is a witness of things which are true, constituting

a knowledge that cannot be denied by the believer, who feels

the impressions made by the Holy Ghost become indelible upon his

enlightened soul. How many mortals have willingly given their lives

because they could not deny the knowledge so convincingly given them by the Holy Ghost?

According to the information given on the lds.org site,

A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves His children; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is the prophet of God who was called to restore the gospel; that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s true Church on the earth; and that the Church is led by a livingprophet today. With this foundation, a testimony grows to include all principles of the gospel. “

It will do you good to study those articles put forth on the church website regarding the value, authenticity and search for living testimonies of Christ, of the LDS church, our prophet Thomas S. Monson, and all that is associated with the church.

Marlena Tanya Muchnick

www.peopleofthebook-judaica.com

www.jewishconvert-lds.com

http://comeuntochrist.blogspot.com

http://judaicaworld.blogspot.com

http://judaicaworld.wordpress.com

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