Testimony

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Boyd K. Packer

"Oh, if I could teach you this one principle.  A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!  Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that leap of faith, as the philosophers call it.  It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and stepped into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two.  The spirit of man, is as the scripture says, indeed the candle of the Lord. (Prov. 20:27.)

"It is one thing to receive a witness from what you have read or what another has said; and that is a necessary beginning.  It is quite another to have the Spirit confirm to you in your bosom that what 'you' have testified is true.  Can you not see that it will be supplied as you share it?  As you give that which you have, there is a replacement, with increase! ...

"Bear testimony of the things that you hope are true, as an act of faith.  It is something of an experiment, akin to the experiment that the prophet Alma proposed to his followers.  We begin with faith - not with a perfect knowledge of things.  That sermon in the thirty-second chapter of Alma is one of the greatest messages in holy writ, for it is addressed to the beginner, to the novice, to the humble seeker.  And it holds a key to a witness of the truth.

"The Spirit and testimony of Christ will come to you for the most part when, and remain with you only if, you share it.  In that process is the very essence of the gospel.

"Is not this a perfect demonstration of Christianity?  You cannot find it, nor keep it, nor enlarge it unless and until you are willing to share it.  It is by giving it away freely that it becomes yours."

Excerpt from "The Candle of the Lord" - Boyd K. Packer - Jan. 1983 Ensign