Sep 14, 2014

The Witness

The Witness
by President Boyd K. Packer

This talk was all about President Packer's Witness (or testimony) of the gospel, and how we can gain our own Witness.

What things in life are most important to you?  Years ago my husband attended a conference where each individual was given a set of cards.  On the cards were priorities such as career, family, money, health, hobbies, God, etc.  During this activity you would choose the top 10 things that were most important to you, then the top 5, then the top 3, ended with THE most important.  The activity really opened your eyes to what was most significant in your life.  What things you valued and focused on.

President Packer's talk is similar to this activity.  He shares with us his "top 4" and encourages us to find out our own.

President Packer's "TOP 4"

"One eternal truth I have come to know is that God lives.  He is our Father.  We are His children. . . Of all the other titles He could have used, He chose to be called 'Father'."

"Parenthood is a sacred responsibility. . ."

"The Holy Ghost is real.  He is the third member of the Godhead.  His mission is to testify of truth and righteousness.  He manifests Himself in many ways, including feelings of peace and reassurance.  He can also bring comfort, guidance, and correction when needed.  The companionship of the Holy Ghost is maintained throughout our lives by righteous living."

"A supernal truth that I have gained in my life is my witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. . .In the Church we know who He is: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He is the Only Begotten of the Father.  He is He who was slain and He who liveth again.  He is our Advocate with the Father. . . . He is the anchor that holds us and protects us and our families through the storms of life."

Gaining Our Own Witness:

"Like most things of great worth, knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.  These, joined with fasting and scripture study, will invite impressions and revelations and the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.  This provides us with instruction from on high as we learn precept upon precept."

"Each of us most come to our own personal testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We then share that testimony with our family and others."

Once we have gained our own witness, it is up to us to choose what we do with it.

Will we choose to follow the Savior and live His teachings?

Will we choose to share our knowledge with others?

Will we choose to let it protect us from the adversary?

"In all of this, let us remember that there is an adversary who personally seeks to disrupt the work of the Lord.  We must choose whom to follow.  Our protection is as simple as deciding individually to follow the Savior, making certain that we faithfully will remain on His side."

"To be faithfully devoted to Jesus Christ, we accept Him as our Redeemer and do all within our power to live His teachings."

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