We can fortify our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth, so that we will not falter, we will not fail.
Testimony—real testimony, born of the Spirit and confirmed by the Holy Ghost—changes lives.
I can remember many instances of bearing my testimony but none more vividly than the time I stood as a shy teenager in front of 300 classmates.
Each of us has to receive our own witness concerning Jesus as the Christ. We cannot get it secondhand from someone else. I believe that a testimony of our Redeemer comes from a divine source, as a spiritual gift.
As I look back over my life, I recognize one source of singular strength and blessing. It is my testimony and knowledge that Jesus is the Christ.
One of the great, enduring lessons of the Kirtland period is that our spirits need constant nourishment. As President Harold B. Lee taught: “Testimony isn’t something that you have today and you keep always. Testimony is either going to grow and grow to the brightness of certainty, or it is going to diminish to nothingness, depending upon what we do about it. I say, the testimony that we recapture day by day is the thing that saves us from the pitfalls of the adversary.” We need to stay close to the Lord every day if we are to survive the adversity that we all must face.
The fundamentals of gaining and retaining a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ are straightforward, clear, and within the capacity of every person.
Your personal security and happiness depend upon the strength of your testimony, for it will guide your actions in times of trial or uncertainty.
A testimony is usually defined as knowledge or assurance of a truth that a person declares by the convincing power of the Holy Ghost. The Apostle Paul taught, “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3). Because the things of God are known only by the power of the Spirit, they must be declared by the Spirit, and that means bearing testimony.
You live in a challenging world polluted with temptations and trials, yet your testimony of Jesus Christ can be your anchor. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will strengthen and help your testimony grow, and you will be able to rise above the evils of the world and maintain your position of righteousness.
Our firm personal testimony will motivate us to change ourselves and then bless the world.
Sustaining faith can be the ultimate comfort in life. All of us must find our own testimonies.
Gaining a testimony and becoming converted begins with study and prayer, then living the gospel with patience and persistence and inviting and waiting upon the Spirit.
Frequently reading, pondering, and applying the lessons of the scriptures, combined with prayer, become an irreplaceable part of gaining and sustaining a strong, vibrant testimony.
To receive the witness of the “still small voice” sometimes can have a stronger impact on our testimonies than the visit of an angel.
The testimony of others may initiate and nourish the desire for faith and testimony, but eventually every individual must find out for himself.