Testimony: Another Thing That Makes You, You

When we share our unique testimonies, we contribute meaningful insights to others’ lives.

We are all unique people with individual life experiences. It makes sense that our testimonies are unique too. In a general conference address entitled “The Power of a Personal Testimony,” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps us recognize the importance of developing our personal testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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He states, “A testimony is a most precious possession because it is not acquired by logic or reason alone, it cannot be purchased with earthly possessions, and it cannot be given as a present or inherited from our ancestors.” Each of us experiences countless opportunities to learn and grow during mortality, and each of us needs to develop our own testimony of the Savior to carry us through these experiences. Elder Uchtdorf points out that a testimony of Christ is “the most powerful motivating force in our lives.”

In 1856, Elder Heber C. Kimball stated that “the time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself.” As we find and magnify that light inside of us, we will be strengthened through trials that may come our way, and we will be able to uniquely and meaningfully testify to strengthen those around us.

Read more about the importance of and process for developing your own testimony of Jesus Christ by reading President Uchtdorf’s address here.

Source: ChurchofJesusChrist.org

—Ellie Castillo, Mormon Insights


Find more insights

Take a look at “Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light” by Elder Henry D. Taylor for more explanation on why testimonies are so important.

Read this Mormon Insights article to learn more about testimony.

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