A testimony is a firm conviction of truth. Many times a day we bare our testimonies or declare the things we know to be true. It could be as simple as, “I know Jesus Christ is my savior,” or “I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God preserved for our day, ” or even, “I know 2 X 4 = 8.”
When I teach or write letters, I frequently bare my personal testimony so that these friends I’m speaking to can feel my belief and the truth I speak of. How can they “feel” this, you ask? Through the manifestation of the third member of the Godhead: the Holy Ghost. It is his purpose to “teach [us] all things,” and to testify of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father (John 14:26, 15:26; 3 Nephi 28:11). If you have any desire to know, “by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5). We feel the good influence of the Holy Ghost when we pray, make a good choice instead of a poor one, read the scriptures, are around people who lift us up, or learn new things at school or work. Really, anything that is good can be confirmed by the Holy Ghost. I know this confirmation is Heavenly Father’s love for us.
Often times, our teachers tell us not to worry about the language: not that we shouldn’t try our very hardest to learn it, but that when we are teaching, our priority should be to teach so that people can fee the truth of what we mean, even if we don’t have the language down pat. I have experienced what this means first hand. The last Sunday that the native Koreans were here (in the Provo MTC), two of them gave short talks about repentance during church. Honestly, I didn’t understand most of what they said, but I know that I still learned because of the good feeling I had as I listened and the greater desire I had to do better after they spoke. The Holy Ghost can translate words (in our native tongue or in any other language) into the lessons we need if we would only listen with our minds and our heart. Because of this, I have learned that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ sounds the same in every language because it sounds like truth and love.
I leave with you my testimony, not in English, but in Korean. I hope you’re listening (2 Nephi 33:1).
Then (August 18, 2012)
Now (October 14, 2013)