Record Your Testimony
“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)
Throughout history, those who have been blessed with a witness from the Lord have sought to share it with others. As a result of their faithful record-keeping, we have the Scriptures and other faith-filled histories which strengthen and enliven our faith. When we read, the Spirit which first bore witness to that individual can convey the same message to us.
As we have been blessed by the recorded testimonies of others, so we have a responsibility to future generations to add our personal witness. Susan L Warner said, “In a society of unstable values and confusing voices, testimony can be the means by which parents give children an anchor for their faith.” (“Bear Record,” General Conference, October 1998) What a gift, to be able to give the next generation a stable point in these last days! Having a written copy will allow them to be able to refer back to it in times of need. We hope that they will draw on our strength and be able to say, like the stripling warriors, “we do not doubt our mothers knew it.” (Alma 56:48)
In addition to blessing the lives of others, recording our testimonies will bless us as well. President Boyd K. Packer said, “A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!” (“The Candle of the Lord,” Ensign, Jan. 1983, 54) As we take the time to record our testimonies, the Spirit will renew and strengthen its original witness to us. We will see clearly the foundations of our faith and remember how the heavens have been opened to us.