Friday, September 6, 2013

Testimony

It occurred to me a few days ago that since this is the first week of September, that means we are a month away from General Conference.  I got that familiar thrill that comes from knowing that soon all my cares and worries will be lifted for two days as I bask in the glow that comes from listening to the testimonies of men who are calm and secure in their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

This morning there was some discussion on my Facebook feed about Thomas S. Monson and his testimony.  It sparked within me a desire to read and hear for myself his testimony.  Thanks to the fancy internet, I don't have to wait until next month.  I share with you now some bits and pieces of his testimony that I found on my search this morning.

“With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again. ‘Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” ’ May the whole world know it and live by that knowledge, I humbly pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, amen.”
( “ I Know That My Redeemer Lives!” Ensign, May 2007, 25. )

“I testify that with God, all things are possible. He is our Heavenly Father; His Son is our Redeemer. As we strive to learn His truths and then to live them, our lives and the lives of others will be abundantly blessed.”
( “Becoming Our Best Selves,” Ensign, Apr. 2006, 6. )

“Many of you … [already know] that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is indeed a prophet, and that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. Some of you, however, may still be living on the testimony of others—your parents, your friends, your Church leaders. May I suggest that . . . you set aside time every day to find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is a true book, for it will change your heart and change your life. If you seek this knowledge ‘with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ,’ I promise that you will receive an answer. And once you know that the Book of Mormon is true, then it will follow that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. You will have that burning testimony and knowledge that this church is true.”
“Such knowledge,” President Monson says, “such a personal testimony, is essential if we are to safely navigate the sometimes treacherous paths through life with the adversary attempting to deceive us at every turn. As you keep the flame of testimony burning brightly, you will become a beacon of righteousness—even a light—for all to see.”
(You Can Know It's True)


“I declare my personal witness that death has been conquered, victory over the tomb has been won. May the words made sacred by Him who fulfilled them become actual knowledge to all. Remember them. Cherish them. Honor them. He is risen."

This beautiful and simple video, recorded July 2013.

3 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to General Conference, too. I am really looking forward to the session for Relief Society.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing the other day and wondering why it isn't October yet! Can't wait!

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  3. General Conference is my favorite time of the year.

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