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Fullness of Times: Talk
How Gaining a Testimony Is Putting Our Spirituality to Work
Friday, 25 August 2017
The Holy Ghost gives us a testimony, but to receive it we must believe in Jesus Christ and all that He taught, and keep His commandments.
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21).
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency has taught: "Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we're on our knees but while we're on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us" ("Gaining and Keeping a Testimony," New Era, February 2012, 18).
So, we should do service to the others to gain a testimony.
"You may have heard a testimony compared to a burning fire before, but think about how a fire is built.
"If you try to light a big log, it probably won't catch fire. You have to have some sort of kindling, like smaller sticks or leaves, to get the fire going. Likewise, small experiences can kindle the fire of your testimony.
"Sometimes people may put lighter fluid on a log, which makes the flames become bright, but once the lighter fluid is burned, the fire dies back down because it was the lighter fluid and not the log burning. Your testimony may sometimes be flamed by a strong spiritual experience, but that may not be enough to maintain a constantly burning testimony.
"Even if you have a nice fire burning, it will eventually die if you don't continue to put wood on it. In like manner, you must continue to feed the fire of your testimony so that it doesn't smolder out" ("Gaining and Keeping a Testimony," New Era, February 2012, 17).
"If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal" (D&C 42:61).
I know that having a testimony is very important. It helps us keep the commandments and grow in the gospel so that we can have eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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