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Elder Gary E. Stevenson: ‘Nourishing and Bearing Your Testimony’

‘When a moment to bear testimony comes, grab it and embrace it’

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

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Elder Gary E. Stevenson: ‘Nourishing and Bearing Your Testimony’

‘When a moment to bear testimony comes, grab it and embrace it’

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

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Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Sunday afternoon session of October 2022 general conference. He invited Latter-day Saints to reflect on four questions regarding a testimony. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Stevenson’s conference talk summary

Reflect upon four questions.

First, “Do I know and understand what a testimony is?” 

Second, “Do I know how to bear my testimony?”

Third, “What are the obstacles in sharing my testimony?”

Fourth, “How do I keep my testimony?”

A testimony is belief in or knowledge of truth, given as a spiritual witness through the Holy Ghost. Key elements may include: God is a loving Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, the Church is God’s restored Church, and the restored Church is led by a living Prophet today.

Individuals bear testimony when they share spiritual feelings with others, either spoken or through righteous behavior.

One obstacle may be uncertainty about what to say. Bear witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and thoughts will flood into the bearer’s mind. Another obstacle can be fear. “Having faith … will allow you to overcome these feelings and freely share what is in your heart.”

A testimony must be nourished with much care — through the word of God, prayer, obedience to commandments and participating in temple and family history work.

Notable quotes from Elder Stevenson’s conference talk

Each time you bear vocal witness or demonstrate through your actions your commitment to follow Jesus Christ, you invite others to ‘come unto Christ.’

Opportunities to [bear testimony] in the digital universe using inspiring content of our own or sharing uplifting content prepared by others are endless.

When a moment to bear testimony comes, grab it and embrace it. You will feel the warmth of the Comforter inside you when you do.

Who is Elder Stevenson?

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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