Elder And Sister Richard and Sharon Porter's Mission Site
Teens and TestimonyDate: August 09, 2011
Companion: The other Missionary Porter, of course
Last Sunday (a Fast Sunday), we saw something that I dont remember ever having seen in quite such a dramatic way.
During the testimony meeting in each of the wards here that we attend, those who desire to bear testimony come to the stand and sit there waiting their turn. I will say that almost never is the stand empty and in the ward where we visited Sunday, it is almost always full of Saints waiting to testify. We were in the Krugersdorp 2 Ward, which is an 8:00am meeting. Whenever we arrive there, we are late. I dont know how they do it, but that chapel is always full before the hour starts and these are people who must come from some distances away.
Anyway, not long into the testimony portion of the meeting, nearly the entire Aaronic Priesthood stood as one and filed to the stand. The immediate thought was, of course, they were challenged to testify today by their leaders. This is likely true, though not one of them said so in their testimonies. These young men were not the first to the stand, and so others went on bearing testimony. During that period of time what must have been the remainder of the Aaronic Priesthood came one at a time to the stand as well. Then young women began to come forward, one or two at a time.
The young men finally began their testifying, and they were meaningful testimonies, some very mature from some who looked not so mature. One of them was very obviously scared to death and on the verge of crying. But he held it together and testified meaningfully, in a few short (very few and very short) sentences. As he left the stand his face crumpled up as he fought against crying in front of everyone. As he got to the row where his family was seated (and of course they were seated at the end by the wall, so he had to climb over everyone to get to his parents), he just let go. You couldnt hear anything, but his head was on his mothers shoulder, and he was visibly if not audibly sobbing. One might say that the fear got to him. BUT, he did what the Spirit led him to do, and I believe it was also the power of what he had felt spiritually that so dissolved him.
At last it came to the turn of the young women to testify. They, too, bore meaningful testimonies, and none referred to having been challenged to do so. In fact, two of them said that when they saw that group of young men get up like that to testify, they felt chills and butterflies, and felt that they, too, must testify. (One did say that she couldnt let the young men get the upper hand like that.) In all of this, they were still teenagers. One young woman used the word like every other word, and sort of gushed her very enthusiastic testimony. The older man who followed her said that he had never heard the word like used that many times in so short a time.
All in all, one of the most memorable testimony meetings I have ever been in. I thought of Peter who on the Mount of Transfiguration said: It is good for us to be here.!TWO MORE POSTS TO FOLLOW LATER
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