Testimony Meeting

Every first Sunday of the month in the LDS Church is a Fast Sunday, where the entire Church is encouraged to fast. Also on the first Sunday of the month, during sacrament meeting, members of the congregation are encouraged to bear their testimonies, or tell what they know to be true.

The resource “Teaching: No Greater Call” has this to say about testimony:

“It is important to understand what a testimony is and what a testimony is not. First, it is not an exhortation, a call to repentance, a travelogue, a sermon, or an instruction. It is a simple, direct declaration of belief—a feeling, an assurance, a conviction…. Testimonies are often most powerful when they are short, concise, and direct.”

What are you going to hear today? What am I going to hear? A thank-imony? A travel-mony? A preach-imony?

Probably.

But maybe I will also hear about how people know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Or how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth today. Or that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Or that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet who guides this Church as Moses or Peter did in the past. Or that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of the World, who helps us to repent, become better, and become clean.

I can always hope.

If you have the opportunity, count with me. See how often you hear a testimony about the Book of Mormon, the Restoration, Joseph Smith, Thomas S. Monson, the Church, or the Savior. Hopefully those testimonies will outnumber the others (and the primary kids don’t count).

Update

Would you believe that someone broke out to spontaneous song during sacrament meeting? Spontaneous a cappella song at that.

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