“What if I Lost my Testimony…”by -
Why I go to Church
I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve studied its doctrine, history, and culture and have come to know that it is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that by following Christ I can return to live with God. This knowledge, this testimony, is my most precious possession. The feelings of the Holy Ghost that I experience in the LDS Church keep me coming back for more every Sunday.
Spiritual Knowledge does not Come Overnight
Contrary to popular belief, this kind of spiritual knowledge does not always come overnight. In the Church, we customarily say “pray and you’ll know” as if God always responds instantaneously. The scriptures outline a more complex method of receiving personal responses-personal revelation-from God. “You must study it out in your mind,” God told Oliver Cowdary. “Then you must ask me if it be right ” (D&C 9:8).
God does not typically hand out personal revelation like food at a cafeteria. We have to work for it. We have to study Christ’s gospel first-we have to really dissect it-and only then will God answer our prayers and give us a sure knowledge. For some, the study period takes days; for others, years. Personal revelation requires studying whether you’re learning about gospel principles for the first time as an investigator or new member, or whether you’ve had a crisis of faith and must relearn what you once knew.
Because answers don’t always come immediately, it takes spiritual maturity to be able to put doubts on the back burner for a time, to be able to say, “Okay, I haven’t received an answer yet. I’ll keep studying and praying, but for now I’m just going to accept that I, like every other human being on the planet, do not know everything. I can wait on the Lord.” Too many people leave the church because they’ve lost or failed to cultivate their testimony; instead, they should stay in the Church, study its doctrines, and wait for God to answer their prayers in His own due time.
“If I don’t have a Testimony, Why should I Stay in the Church?”
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