Family Testimony Meeting
July 1984

“Family Testimony Meeting,” Ensign, July 1984, 61

Family Testimony Meeting

It was my turn to give the family home evening lesson, and I was excited. Most of my family—me included—had never borne our testimonies publicly, even though in our hearts we knew the gospel was true. And so I wanted to have a testimony meeting.

During the lesson we all laughed and joked. I had mentioned the idea of a testimony meeting earlier, but my family had pushed the idea aside, thinking I was not serious. As the lesson drew to a close, however, I felt impressed that this was the right time for our testimony meeting. I tried to put the thought out of my mind, but the feeling persisted. My best friend, my sister-in-law, was there. She isn’t a member of the Church, and my love for the gospel finally made me reach out to her and tell her of the great joy I have felt in the Church.

As I bore my testimony and told my family of my love for them, the Spirit flowed into our hearts. In a short while we were embracing, sharing our testimonies and our love for one another. It was the most spiritual experience of my life.

My sister-in-law felt a feeling that night that she said she had never felt before. I know if we share our testimonies, they can and will take root and flower in the hearts of those we love. Grace Longoria, Fort Smith, Arkansas