A simple exercise when it comes to the Book of Mormon is to sit down and ask yourself “Why do I read the Book of Mormon?” The answer should be a testimony born of experience in reading and applying its teachings. A witness can’t be shared if there is no familiarity. In fact, the word testimony or witness relies on having a personal viewpoint of something. Continue reading
A short demonstration regarding commitment could play out like this. Ask for a volunteer to come and stand in front of the room. When she is standing next to the teacher another student (predetermined before class) could ask her to move. Of course the volunteer will move. Then the teacher could ask her to stand again in her original spot and this time tell her whatever happens please do not move. Another student could ask her to move but this time the volunteer will not budge. What is the difference? Continue reading
by President Henry B. Eyring
Let me sum this one up quickly. This is what a testimony will do to you and for you. A testimony will prompt you to do good things. Continue reading
by Joy D. Jones
Not to distract from the message of this talk but really to add to it – apparently Sister Jones attended the funeral for her own son the day before she gave this talk. The day before.
by Neil F. Marriott
Thank you Sister Marriott!
I read Matthew 26:40 during my morning study: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
It’s easy to do while reading but I refrained from judging Peter and the others. Instead I thought of what I would have done in that instance. There have been times when I wanted or needed to stay awake and physically couldn’t. The phrase “could ye not watch with me one hour” stayed with me as I dressed for the day and if I would have been able to watch one hour with the Savior that night. Continue reading
by Elder M. Russell Ballard
Below is the link to the General Conference talk by Elder Ballard. Between the link and here I share a few of my personal thoughts on the subject.
During a particularly dark mist of temptation, I distinctly remember trying to decide if I should let go of the iron rod. I wanted to. I felt abandoned and lost. I felt I had wasted my time all these years and all I wanted to do was to let go. Continue reading
by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I grew up in this church. But that is not why I’m in it today. Continue reading
by Bonnie L. Oscarson
Sister Oscarson speaks in a way I understand. I love how candid she is and there is no doubt she is aware and up to date on current issues. Continue reading
by Quentin L. Cook
Years ago, when I moved back to my hometown and farther away from a temple, I decided to make temple attendance a goal. For some reason, I waited until I was 100 miles away from a temple to attend the temple once a month. It’s not easy. It usually takes up a whole Saturday.