At the start of each month, Latter-day Saints have the sacred opportunity to stand in front of their congregations and bear their testimonies. According to LDS.org, 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 living prophet today. With this foundation, a testimony grows to include all principles of the gospel.
Bearing your testimony is a deeply personal and vulnerable thing. We should all do our best to bear and listen to testimonies with sincerity and charity. However, we can always grow in our understanding of true testimonies and how to share them with others. Here are three simple ways to bear a more powerful testimony on Fast Sunday.
Start Immediately With Your Testimony of Christ
When you get up to bear your testimony, there will likely be many things running through your mind. It may be hard to keep focused. So, start immediately with your testimony of Christ. It will invite the spirit, give you power, and set the tone for whatever else you feel prompted to say.
Focus on One Principle
We all have experiences we want to share about how our testimony has been strengthened. We all also have the habit of going off on tangents sometimes. That’s ok! But you can make your story-telling more powerful by focusing on how it strengthened your testimony of one specific principle. Be specific, be concise, and concentrate what you’d like to say to a powerful example and witness.
Issue an Invitation at the End
As we hear the testimonies of others, we can feel the spirit prompting us to act and change. At the end of your testimony, issue a short invitation to those you’re speaking to. Invite them to gain their own testimonies, to seek after Christ, or to do something to strengthen their knowledge of a certain gospel principle.
What have you learned about bearing testimonies?