GP: MGSP Study Outlines 50: Testimony

1983 Missionary Gospel Study Program
Study Outlines 50: Testimony

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: "No man can be a minister of Jesus Christ except he has the testimony of Jesus: and this the spirit of prophecy.  When ever salvation has been administered, it has been by testimony."  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 160)

"A testimony of the gospel is the sure knowledge, received by revelation from the Holy Ghost, of the divinity of the great latter-day work...  A testimony consists of knowledge that comes by revelation, "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelations 19:10). 

"If the sole source of one's knowledge or assurance of the truth of the Lord's work comes from reason, or logic, or persuasive argument,...  it is not a testimony of the gospel" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 785).

During the study of this topic you will learn what constitutes a testimony, how to gain it, and the blessings of bearing in humility.

Resources:
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, chapter 29.
Jesus the Christ, chapter 22.

Scriptures:

In the Book of Mormon:
"The Testimony of Three Witnesses  ";
"The Testimony of Eight Witnesses  ";
"Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith  "

Alma 5:48  "I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth.  And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name."

Alma 32  "Alma teaches the poor whose afflictions had humbled them Faith is a hope in that which is not seen which is true Alma testifies that angels minister to men, women, and children Alma compares the word unto a seed It must be planted and nourished Then it grows into a tree from which the fruit of eternal life is picked.  About 74 B.C."

D&C 63:8-12
  "8 Verily, I say unto you, there are those among you who seek signs, and there have been such even from the beginning;
  9 But, behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe. 
  10 Yea, signs come by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God.
  11 Yea, signs come by faith, unto mighty works, for without faith no man pleaseth God; and with whom God is angry he is not well pleased; wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only in wrath unto their condemnation.
  12 Wherefore, I, the Lord, am not pleased with those among you who have sought after signs and wonders for faith, and not for the good of men unto my glory."

D&C 100:9-12
  "9 And it is expedient in me that you, my servant Sidney, should be a spokesman unto this people; yea, verily, I will ordain you unto this calling, even to be a spokesman unto my servant Joseph. 
  10 And I will give unto him power to be mighty in testimony.
  11 And I will give unto thee power to be mighty in expounding all scriptures, that thou mayest be a spokesman unto him, and he shall be a revelator unto thee, that thou mayest know the certainty of all things pertaining to the things of my kingdom on the earth. 
  12 Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end."

Matthew 16:13-17
  "13 ¶ When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
  14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
  15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
  17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

John 5:31-35
  "31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 
  32 ¶ There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 
  33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 
  34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
  35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light."

2 Timothy 1:8  "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;"

Articles of Faith 1:9  "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

Topical Guide:
                            Holy Ghost, Source of Testimony
                            Scriptures , study of
                            Testify
                            Testimony
                            Witness, Witnesses

Bible Dictionary:
                                Conversion

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Testimony
                                             Holy Ghost
                                             Testify
                                             Witness

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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