There are no big secret ingredients in making and building a true testimony. True principles have been tried and tested and have withstood all that can be thrown at them. For an example there is the principle of charity and that it never faileth. The simple faith builders we learn in primary make up the majority of the recipe. How many of us underestimate the simplicity but importance of daily scripture study, taking time to ponder and personal fervent prayer? Are we really doing it to search for answers, are we searching for direction from the spirit? Are we yearning for insights and personal revelation? Have we been healed by the atonement and carry its strength with us? Have we truly experienced the change of heart and been moved apon by the Holy Ghost with a disposition to do no evil, but to do good continually.
1 And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had thus spoken to his people, he sent among them, desiring to know of his people if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them.
2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
3 And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things.
We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but have we really followed what we've been taught? Do we put it into practice? Are we doers of the word or hearers only? Have we followed the counsel of our latter day prophets? We live in a crazy world with so much evil all around us. Many would have us believe we are crazy to believe in God, that our beliefs are made up stories and are morals outdated and unreasonable. I declare that God lives, his plan is real, Christ truly suffered for us and his kingdom is setup on the earth today and Christ guides his church by the hands of holy prophets, seers and revelators. They have warned us over and over again to prepare ourselves physically, temporally, and most of all spiritually for the present and for tough times ahead. Have we heeded the warning voices and obeyed the counsels? They have not warned us without reason. Are we truly committed 100% and have we set our priorities in line?
There is a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
There is a great key in Alma 32, read it and follow it to find success!
Do we have family prayer and scripture study, do we read and pray with our spouses everyday? Do we discuss the gospel in our homes and what we need to do to prepare and improve? Are we honestly having family home evening every week and putting effort into it?
Are we serving and giving charity? Are we attending church, and going to the temple? I hope we can answer these questions yes! If not, repent quickly and get life in order. Let's ask ourselves, "What do we truly desire most?"
If we want to taste eternal life we must prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. Follow the simple recipe we have been taught and it will turn out right. Strange ingredients will only damage and make bitter the final product.
If it is true, what else matters?