December 10, 2016

The Importance Of Sharing A Testimony

I recently read an article by President Spencer W. Kimball. In this particular address President Kimball talks about how the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles meet with the General Authorities each month in the temple. In the temple they express the love they have for each other and share their testimonies.

President Kimball said, "Why do the General Authorities need a testimony meeting? The same reason that you need a testimony meeting. Do you think that you can go three, and six, and nine, and twelve months without bearing your testimony and still keep its full value?"

He continued by saying, "Don't you sit there in your fast meeting and cheat yourself and say, 'I guess I won't bear my testimony today. I guess that wouldn't be fair to these other members because I have had so many opportunities.' You bear your testimony. And one minute is long enough to bear it."

This address caused me to pause and reflect on my own life. How often do I share my testimony? I share it quite a bit in classes and with my husband. But how often do I share my testimony publicly over the pulpit? Not very often. Why's that? I'm afraid I will get tongue tied and say something dumb. I quickly discovered that this is an area of my life that could use some improvement. If the leaders of the Church are sharing their testimonies as often as they are, and the prophet has said that we need to be sharing our testimonies more frequently, it must be important.