In the Congregation
I’m sitting in the congregation today! It seems strange. After eight years of being on the stand it is nice to sit with my wife. (I was released last week as ward organist after 8 years.)
Several people commented and asked, “Does it feel strange?”
Well, a little, but it feels good too. Change is good.
I am convinced the bishopric can repeat over and over that testimonies should be brief, and define what a testimony is, and the same people who keep doing it will keep doing it because either a) they really don’t understand, or b) they don’t listen.
A friend posted on his Facebook profile about this topic, and all sorts of people chimed in leading me to believe people don’t understand. As a result, my friend chimed in and bore his testimony as to how powerful it is to simply stick to statements of belief and knowledge.
So, gleaning from many sources here’s what it is…
- It is a short statement of your believe, faith or knowledge of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, the Restored Gospel, the Book of Mormon and Scriptures, etc.
These statements are usually prefaced by, “I know…. “, “I believe… “, or “I trust… “, or “I have faith…”
For examples, “I believe God lives.”, “I know my Father in Heaven loves me.”, “I have faith that we will live after again after we die.”
It doesn’t have to contain a story, and if it does, it should be short and supportive of your statement of fact. It should never be an exhortation, call to repentance, or a prepared talk. Thus, it only has to be a few statements of deep conviction.
Dinner with the Sisters
Dinner with Sisters Henrie and Searle was nice. I made grilled salmon atop a bed of greens, mushrooms, onions and topped with a mustard demi-glace. Dessert, well, that was unusual… cucumbers imitating apple slices over ice cream.