Young Men Lesson 45: Strengthening Testimonies by Bearing Them

by | Nov. 11, 2011

Young Men

Discussion Questions
    •  What is a testimony?
    •  How can you share your testimony with your friends without sounding preachy?

Excerpt from "Testimony," by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, April 2008 General Conference:

A testimony of the gospel is a personal witness borne to our souls by the Holy Ghost that certain facts of eternal significance are true and that we know them to be true. Such facts include the nature of the Godhead and our relationship to its three members, the effectiveness of the Atonement, and the reality of the Restoration.

A testimony of the gospel is not a travelogue, a health log, or an expression of love for family members. It is not a sermon. President Kimball taught that the moment we begin preaching to others, our testimony is ended. 1


Various questions arise as we hear others bear testimony or as we consider bearing testimony ourselves.

1. In a testimony meeting a member says, “I know that the Father and the Son appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith.” A visitor wonders, “What does he mean when he says he knows that?”

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