How to Bear Your Testimony in Sacrament Meeting

It Is Easier Than You Think!

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A Church meeting in Ghana, Africa. During Fast and Testimony meeting, members come to the podium and address the congregation. © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

The first Sunday of every month is generally known as Fast Sunday. This is where we fast and donate the equivalent monies of two meals to the Church as fast offerings.

Also, on Fast Sunday, our Sacrament meeting is known as Fast and Testimony meeting. There are no prearranged speakers. As prompted by the Holy Ghost, members are invited to testify of what they know is true. This is called bearing your testimony.

Bearing your testimony involves only a few easy steps. If you are a new member or even a seasoned one, the following guidance can help you.

What is a Testimony, Exactly?

A testimony is simply a conviction in your heart and in your mind that something is true. Sometimes this is hard to put into words.

A testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel is a witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior, He died for our sins, that His gospel has been restored to the earth and that you know this for yourself.

There could be other truths you testify of, but these examples illustrate the basics.

Why Do I Need to Bear My Testimony?

There are many reasons to bear your testimony. Here are a few:

Most commandments are given because they benefit us in some way.

Heavenly Father knows what we need and we can rely on his judgment. That alone is good enough.

The Holy Ghost can witness to other people that what we are saying is true. Also, we ourselves are strengthened by our honesty and by our convictions.

Heavenly Father tells us that when we bear our testimony, we can be forgiven of our sins.

Since we all sin and need forgiveness, this is an added incentive.

What Should I Say?

You should let the Holy Ghost prompt you as to what you should say in a particular situation. However, if you are bearing your testimony in church, then follow these guidelines:

Say what you know is true. This could include saying that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He died for us, that He restored His gospel to the earth and that this is His Church. You could also say that you know our current president is a true prophet, etc.

These simple declarations of truth are enough. You do not need to go into details, or relate stories or any personal manifestations.

Personal truths and experiences should remain private. If you are prompted by the Holy Ghost to share something like this, remember to be brief.

There is no script you should follow. What everyone says will be similar, since all truth is the same. However, your own words are better than cliches repeated by others. Speak from your heart.

Brief Is Better

Your testimony of conviction is more important than the details of how you arrived at this conclusion. For example, if you have a strong testimony of tithing, you should not dwell on how you came to be convinced of it.

The fact that you are convinced is what is important. Testify of that and nothing more.

A basic testimony should only take a few minutes, probably no more than two to five minutes or less. Other people need to bear their testimonies and you should not be the reason they are unable to.

If you are bearing your testimony privately, stories and narrative could be helpful. Rely on the Holy Ghost to prompt you as to what to share.

What Not to Do

Since testimonies should come from the heart, it can get out of hand if people stray from simply testifying of the truths they know by verbally wandering into irrelevant tangents.

Avoid the following:

  • gratimony
  • thanktimony
  • travelmony

A gratimony is dwelling on who and what you are grateful for. There is nothing inherently wrong with this. However, being grateful is not a conviction of truth.

Stick to the truth. Expressing thanks in a testimony is also a tangent. Avoid it.

You can later express gratitude directly to individuals, others, and especially Heavenly Father, privately and through prayer.

A travelmony generally involves telling the congregation what you have done, where you have gone and who you talked to. It is not necessary and it distracts from the overall purpose of the meeting, which is testifying of truth.

You should not bear your testimony to impress anyone with your travels. Just bear witness to the truth and leave it at that. The truth is the truth, whether you were in town or Timbuktu when you became convinced of it.

That's a Wrap!

No matter how frightened you are to face the congregation or speak into a microphone in front of other people, bearing your testimony produces a spiritual high. In short, you feel good when you do it.

In fact, you may feel so good you may not want to end your testimony and sit down. Sit down anyway. There are other ways to get spiritually charged, without taking up unnecessary time.

There will be other opportunities to bear your testimony, both in public and in private. Just make use of them in the future.