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Gen. Conf. - Testimony - Oaks
Awhile back, I wrote a journal entry concerning the scientific method and knowing spiritual facts to be true.

This talk seems to be hitting the same vein, but in a much wiser and broader sense.

"Knowledge of outside temperature can be verified by scientific proof. Knowledge that we love our spouse is personal and subjective. While not capable of scientific proof, it is still important. The idea that all important knowledge is based on scientific evidence is simply untrue."

I love that sentence.

"One of the greatest things about our Heavenly Father’s plan for His children is that each of us can know the truth of that plan for ourselves. That revealed knowledge does not come from books, from scientific proof, or from intellectual pondering. As with the Apostle Peter, we can receive that knowledge directly from our Heavenly Father through the witness of the Holy Ghost.

When we know spiritual truths by spiritual means, we can be just as sure of that knowledge as scholars and scientists are of the different kinds of knowledge they have acquired by different methods."

That one, too. :)

"One of the most impressive teachings on the relationship between the gift of a testimony and the duty to bear it is in the 46th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. In describing different kinds of spiritual gifts, this revelation states:

“To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

“To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful”.

Those who have the gift to know have an obvious duty to bear their witness so that those who have the gift to believe on their words might also have eternal life."

This really makes sense to me.  All of God's children shall have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  Some of us are born with an inward faith that comes without being compelled.  Others need to be told it, and because of the telling, will come to have such faith.

I hadn't really thought of that much before....  Sounds true to me.

"We should also strengthen our children by encouraging them to define themselves by their growing testimonies, not just by their recognitions in scholarship, sports, or other school activities."

It took me a long, long time to understand what people meant when they would ask me how I defined myself.  "I'm me", I thought...  I always, as far back as I can remember, have thought of myself as being a child of God.  When we define ourselves by being the offspring of deity, there really is little that can get us down - if we sincerely believe it.  I love the quote bolded above.  I really should bear my testimony to my kids more often.  We should start doing it every time we hold Family Home Evening.  Great stuff....