We live in a world where we are constantly battling to find firm ground to stand on and the strength to go on. There are so many different struggles that we, as humans, face–so many ways to be pulled away from the gospel. Whether those are physical or mental infirmities, distractions, etc., it is sometimes hard to grasp hold of the truths that we know are important.
I found two quotes from our prophet, President Monson concerning testimonies–and really, if you think about it, testimony is that base that keeps us, as individuals, going. What do you believe? Why do you believe it? What experiences have kept you steadfast in the gospel? Everyone is so different and yet we all have the same goal. Exaltation. To be with God, and our families, FOREVER.
It is my personal opinion that the following is a key to getting there. And when we are living our testimony, we are a beacon to those around us.
President Thomas S. Monson:
“My…plea…is that you have the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness. Because the trend in society today is away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, you will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which you believe. Unless the roots of your testimony are firmly planted, it will be difficult for you to withstand the ridicule of those who challenge your faith. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. The adversary would like nothing better than for you to allow derisive comments and criticism of the Church to cause you to question and doubt. Your testimony, when constantly nourished, will keep you safe.” (April 2009, General Young Women’s Meeting)
“Although that testimony can continue to be fed spiritually and to grow as you study, as you pray for guidance, and as you attend your Church meetings each week, it is up to you to keep that testimony alive. Satan will try with all his might to destroy it. Throughout your entire life you will need to nurture it. As with the flame of a brightly burning fire, your testimony–if not continually fed–will fade to glowing embers and then cool completely. You must not let this happen.” (April 2012, General Young Women’s Meeting)