One’s Own Testimony

“One’s Own Testimony,” Friend, May 1993, inside front cover

One’s Own Testimony

(Adapted from an October 1992 conference address. See Ensign, November 1992, page 11.)

“The time will come when no man or woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself.” (Ensign, November 1991, page 62.)

When I was young, I was overly dependent on my older sister. For example, I was a fussy eater, and when we went to visit our grandparents, I was constantly faced with being offered food I didn’t like. When the plate was passed to me, I would turn to my sister and ask, “Collene, do I like this?”

If it was familiar and she knew that I didn’t like it, she would say, “No, you don’t like that.”

If it was something we hadn’t eaten before, she would say, “Just a minute,” and taste it, and then tell me if I liked it or not. If she said that I didn’t like it, no amount of coaxing could get me to eat it.

Just as I needed to rely on my own taste buds and stop denying myself good food just because my sister told me that I didn’t like it, we must all feast on the fruit of our own testimony and not the testimony of another person. We also need to increase our ability to receive personal revelation.

We do this when we place our faith in our Lord and Savior, repent of our sins, read and really think about the scriptures, pray, look for ways to help others, and share the gospel with others. During general conferences and at many other times, we will be taught by the Lord’s prophets, seers, and revelators. When we follow the counsel of the Brethren, we prepare ourselves to go to the temple, where we receive more power to overcome the sins of the world and to “stand in holy places” (D&C 45:32).

Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett