What does it mean to “bear your testimony”?

Someone asked this question yesterday, “What does it mean to bear your testimony?” I’m guessing they are not of my faith. I’ll call him Jim. Here is my reply.

That is a good question Jim. As an active, practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would say that it means that you are sharing something for which you’ve had a spiritual confirmation. For example, when the Holy Ghost bears witness to your soul that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that happens from Spirit to spirit. It can be completely silent, but very powerful, or it can be more subtle in still and quiet moments. It doesn’t happen with a text, a tweet, a voicemail, or a loud voice. Often it is an impression that we feel. When the Holy Ghost testifies to you of truth, you can then share that testimony or witness with others.

For example, I have a testimony of Jesus Christ personally. How? Well, through the study of His teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I feel that I’ve come to understand somewhat of the nature of who Christ is; His love for each of us, His Atonement for us, and His example to love one another. As I’ve tried to live by His teachings, I’ve seen joy and peace in my life. To me that is a testimony of the truthfulness of His gospel and of His teachings. That is my testimony. I’ve put them to the test. So now that I’ve felt His love, and seen the blessings, I feel that I can share a testimony, or my words of this truth.

I have a testimony of many things, one of which is the Book of Mormon. Today, I will personally finish reading it again. I’ve read it dozens of times, from cover to cover. I still learn from it every time. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book more than once, except for small children’s books that I read to my kids. But The Book of Mormon has a power to continue teaching me, every time I open it and read the words from these prophets of old. It blesses my life in ways that I can’t even describe.

The purpose of missionaries who go out across the globe, dedicating two years (for the men and 18 months for the women), and the purpose of The Book of Mormon, is to bring souls unto Christ. When you feel that the Holy Ghost is whispering to your spirit, and what it is saying is a good thing, follow that impression. All good comes from Christ.

I’ve felt God in my life, directing me, giving me peace, especially during difficult times. When this happens, I try to recognize it and I can bear testimony of it. I suggest you check out : https://www.comeuntochrist.org/

Take care brother,

Jason

Me and my son Xavier Bringhurst on the day of his baptism in Port Angeles, Washington

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