Category: Testimony

What do Mormons mean when they use the word “testimony”? What is a testimony and why do Mormons bear them? Or do they bare them?

  1. Knowing, believing, and wanting to believe.

    1 For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I … Continue reading

  2. The Trial of Your Faith

    Over the years I’ve come across a similar story from many who have left the LDS Church, and it goes something like this: I really wanted to know if the Church was true, if the Book of Mormon was true, … Continue reading

  3. You Have To Want It To Be True to Know

    I’ve carried on a few rather extensive conversations on this blog regarding the matter of a testimony of what the LDS Church teaches to be true. Some of the people with whom I’ve been discussing this topic are former members … Continue reading

  4. Evidence, Subjective Proof, and Objective Proof

    I have commonly been asked, in light of my defense of LDS doctrine, what proof I have that what I believe is true. Recently I have gone through an extended and extensive discussion with a fellow on this matter, which … Continue reading

  5. We See What We Want to See.

    This is a bit of a follow-up to my recent post We All Believe What We Want to Believe. Today at church we had an activity wherein everyone sat in a circle. We were given notecards and pencils and instructed … Continue reading

  6. Those Annoying Testimonies

    In talking with various people who have left the LDS faith I’ve heard a common remark that has caught my attention. Nobody has given it as the reason, or even a reason, for leaving the Church, but many of them … Continue reading

  7. Faith as Power

    Just some philosophizing here… In the past two weeks I’ve had multiple experiences with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) who are struggling with doubt regarding the veracity of the religion. It’s curious to … Continue reading

  8. Is There Anything That Could Convince You That Mormonism is Not True?

    From a question asked by John on 10 May, 2010 here: And, what, if anything would lead you to the conclusion that Mormonism’s foundational stories, personalities and writings are not what they claim to be? Yes, there is. What leads … Continue reading

  9. What do Mormons mean by the word “testimony”?

    Mormons use the word “testimony” so much that many Mormons don’t realize that nobody else knows quite what they’re talking about. Mormons will say things like “I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet” or “I have a … Continue reading

  10. Would I leave the Mormon church if you could show me proof it isn’t true?

    A brief discussion between my friend and I, taken from a longer discussion of various anti-Mormon ideas. Q: One time I asked a Mormon Elder if something came up that definitely, without a doubt, showed that the BOM and/or the … Continue reading