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First Presidency Letter: Testimonies in Fast and Testimony Meeting

May 02, 2013

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MR says: This was dated in February and should have been read in most wards or branches. In case you didn't hear it, it's been reprinted.

The following is a message from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The letter—dated February 14, 2013, and signed by the First Presidency—was also read in sacrament meeting:

“In the past the First Presidency has expressed concern that in some instances, members who desire to bear their testimonies in fast and testimony meeting do not have the opportunity to do so. Bishoprics are again encouraged to help all people learn to express a brief, heartfelt testimony of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the truths of the restored gospel so that more members may have the opportunity to participate.

”Parents and teachers should help children learn what a testimony is and when it is appropriate for them to express it. It may be best to have younger children learn to share their testimonies at such times as family home evening or when giving talks in Primary until they are old enough to do so in fast and testimony meeting.

We encourage bishoprics to teach these important principles to priesthood and auxiliary leaders and to all ward members.“

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latcatin said...

04:04 PM
on May 03, 2013

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Still workng on having a testimony of Testimony Meeting, but I always figured it was my personal problem. Coached kids are no better or worse than sobbing teenage girls, personal opinions about church doctrine from old people, and travelogs. It's interesting to me that church leadership has felt the need to comment in writing. It's my convert husband's favorite meeting, and has been my least favorite my entire life. Some day I hope to understand his point of view.

neilan said...

12:07 AM
on May 04, 2013

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According to Elder Marlin K Jensen, there has never been a period of apostasy like we have had recently with a huge number of people leaving the Church. Many of those people had borne testimony many times that they knew the Church was true. The problem was they didn't know it was true, they believed it was true . When their knowledge of the truth was tested by the information they discovered on the internet, they were found wanting. We should let our children gain a testimony of the restoration through their own spiritual experiences. We cannot force this upon them. Encouraging them to publicly lie and say they know something, when they do not know, cannot bear good fruit. We should want our children to have genuine spiritual power in their lives, we shouldn't want them to be good actors.

bgood said...

04:46 PM
on Jun 05, 2013

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Very well said neilan.

andrejules said...

12:40 PM
on Sep 28, 2013

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I love to hear the innocent, lovely testimonies of the children. I would far rather hear a dozen of them rather than a 15 minute long travel log or a rambling incoherent adult testimony.

chizokas said...

02:42 AM
on Mar 27, 2014

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Am with Neilan, am a convert to the church but i have seen so many people leave the church because of anti Mormon literature online or because somebody offended them or disappointed them!

cybergran said...

06:56 AM
on Apr 12, 2014

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In my son's ward many years ago the testimony meetings were dominated by children. I sensed that adults were reluctant to participate. Needless to say, the first few were sweet, but the meeting itself was not inspiring or enhancing to my personal testimony. As a current Primary teacher of 11 and 12 year olds, the testimonies I hear in my class are rich and wonderful.

trent said...

05:18 PM
on Apr 16, 2014

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No need to "wonder" about why the first presidency issues statements. Best use of time to is exercise faith and comply and see the blessings flow. Too many spend time "examining the roots and branches while others spend their time enjoying the "fruits" of the Gospel...
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