I don’t fault my teenage self for my interpretation, but I think there is much more depth to standing as a witness than I realized.
As a teenager I recited the Young Women theme every week in church. “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us, and we love Him. We will stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places…” I thought that the phrase, “stand as witnesses of God,” roughly translated to “I will be modest and not swear or watch bad movies, and if someone around me is doing something bad, I will show them by my example that they are choosing badly, and they will therefore be inspired to repent, or at the very least respect me for having integrity.” I took the phrase in isolation, “stand as witnesses of God,” without really thinking about who God is or what He wants me to witness of.
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