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Testimony. An often emotional recitation of certain perceived “truths.” For example, a Latter-day Saint might say, “I testify that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I know Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true Church on the earth.” Testimonies are typically given on “Fast and Testimony Sunday,” the first Sunday of each month. Seventy Gene R. Cook explained, “Feel free, when prompted, my brothers and sisters, to bear your testimony of those principles that you know to be true. Sincere feelings conveyed from heart to heart by means of testimony convert people to the truth where weak, wishy-washy, argumentative statements will not” (“Are You a Member Missionary?” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 1976, p. 103). For a blog article on this topic, see here.

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