Date: May 19, 2017 01:48PM
Any of you remember the super beloved church leader named Boyd K. Packer? Oh his holiness was off-the-charts in a super special way that is amazingly notable in church history. Well one of the amazing prophetic things that he said was as follows to a seminar for new Mission Presidents in 1982: "Oh, if I could teach you this one principle. A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!" https://www.lds.org/ensign/1983/01/the-candle-of-the-lord?lang=eng
As I read this today I felt a fuzzy wuzzy feeling in my "heart" (which I presume may be the Spirit) which I'd like to share. Now for all you fact-checkers out there I state up front that I share this story in the Paul Dunn spirit of principle-teaching so keep that in mind as you try to get me to divulge more details to check out my story's credibility.
One Sunday while sitting through a glorious High Council sermon in Sacrament meeting I was feeling overjoyed at how this holy man of God was giving us a message directly from the Lord on some principles that the people of my Ward/Stake needed to hear in order to more quickly build up the Kingdom. However, as I observed some fellow congregant dozing off instead of paying close attention to the sacred discourse, my own mind began to wander a bit and I worried that if I didn't quickly repent that I would face severe judgement from the Almighty for not fully implementing the sacred counsel we were receiving in that sermon. I thought about how it would be wonderful if my freezer at home could be filled with jugs of ice cream & the kitchen entirely filled with ice cream cones. I thought how silly that would be but I recalled President Packer's sacred words and was aware that my knowledge was gained in declaring such affirmation. So I wrote a quick note to this fellow congregant that after the sacred service had concluded that they could come over to my home for plenty of ice cream cones for our families as I knew that the freezer was full of ice cream jugs and the kitchen full of ice cream cones. I passed the note and then quickly regained focus on the sermon. Tears of joy flooded my eyes as the beloved High Council speaker imparted the word of the Lord to us.
After church I went home and sure enough the freezer was full of ice cream jugs and there was no room to walk as the kitchen was full of boxes full of ice cream cones. From a logistics perspective what had happened is that some burglars had stopped by a warehouse of a company that runs a bunch of ice cream parlors and stolen a lot of loot. They got scared, came into our neighborhood, and thought our home would be a place to temporarily store some of their stuff. And then when we came home from the super-inspiring Sacrament meeting they fled without time to take their loot with them.
Based on the principle taught by President Packer you can be sure why they stopped at my home was because of the faith I had exercised. A testimony is gained by bearing it.
Now some of you anti-Mormons may poke fun or holes at my tale. You might even accuse it as being totally illogical and fallacious. But this is a rock solid foundational principle in Mormonism. A testimony is gained by bearing it. Just say its true and its true :) Thus I have to believe this way of logical thinking if I'm going to be an honest TBM.