The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Testimony

"I have searched my soul, and I feel that I can say to you that I count by far the most valuable of all the things which I possess today an abiding testimony in the divinity of this work. I know that my Redeemer lives. The certainty and conviction that I feel in my soul today is as certain as that night follows day."—Elder Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, October 1951, p.25

"To maintain and strengthen a testimony, prophets have always reminded tis to beal it and share it. Elder Spencer W. Kimball stated, "To hold his testimony one must bear it often and live worthy of it" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1944, p. 45). Make it known after you know, make its power evident after you know, and live accordingly after you know."—Elder Charles A. Didier, Testimony, General Conference, October 1991

"But a testimony is not a work that is merely completed and concluded. Indeed, it is a process in continuous development. Nourishing and strengthening our testimonies is essential to our spiritual survival.... A testimony should not be hidden. It must be shared (see D&C 62:3; 84:61)."—Elder Helvecio Martins, The Value Of A Testimony, General Conference, October 1990

"At the lunch table after my first short speech which lasted seven and a half minutes, President Smith said: 'Heber, you said you believe the gospel with all your heart, and propose to live it, but you did not bear your testimony that you know it is true. Don't you know absolutely that this gospel is true?'
I answered: 'I do not.'
'What, you! a president of a stake?' said President Joseph F. Smith.
'That is what I said.'
'President [John] Taylor, I am in favor of undoing this afternoon what we did this morning. I do not think any man should preside over a stake who has not a perfect and abiding knowledge of the divinity of this work.' I said: 'I am not going to complain.'
Brother Taylor had a habit, when something pleased him excessively, of shaking his body and laughing. He said, 'Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, he knows it just as well as you do. The only thing that he does not know is that he does know it. It will be but a short time until he does know it. He leans over backwards. You do not need to worry.'"—Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, p.192

"Whenever you are called on to speak at a sacrament meeting, would you teach the gospel! Teach from the scriptures. Bear your testimony."—Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.442

"Bear your testimony to your children, let them know what you know, let them feel what you feel, let them enjoy the assurances that you have that this work is the work of God, that we have an especial calling that we are to do a particular work, that whatever else we may be doing the Lord has something for us to do; that is distinctly our mission and when our young people can feel that they are thus called, that they are the salt of the earth, then they will realize more than ever the importance of their religion."—Elder Joseph M. Tanner, Conference Report, April 1905, p.82

"Jesus, the very thought of Thee fills my heart with inexpressible joy. It controls every part of my being. My life, my loves, my ambitions are molded, enlivened, and given purpose because I know that Thou art the Christ, the Holy One." - Keith B. McMullin, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," General Conference, April 2004

"The fire of faith and testimony soon falters if it is not fed. Few who have drifted far away have experienced the frequent referral to gospel principles that is needed to drive essential truths into the soul to the extent that behavior begins to change. Few are familiar with the scriptures, those powerful witnesses of Christ. (See John 5:39.) Their knowledge of the saving and redeeming truths found in the Book of Mormon is especially deficient. In a word, most require conversion. We have found that without conversion, activation is fleeting and superficial. These perceptive words from Alma 23:6 say it best: 'As many as believed, or... were brought to the knowledge of the truth... and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.'" - Alexander B. Morrison, "Fire Where Once Were Ashes," Ensign, August 1990, p. 10

"Share our testimony. 'O that I were an angel,' proclaimed Alma, 'and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God' (Alma 29:1). Let others know that you know. Bear your testimony in fast meeting. Tell your family; tell your friends. You will find when you share your testimony it becomes stronger, and there are many others around you who also want to embrace the truth." - Robert D. Hales, "The Importance of Receiving a Personal Testimony," Ensign, November 1994, p. 22

"We must not hesitate to say, 'I know,' when we do know. It is written in the Book of Alma that the prophet 'stood upon [his] feet' (Alma 36:23) and manifested unto the people that he had been born of God. Many times it is recorded that the prophets, the teachers, the leaders were moved to stand and testify, and did so. I believe in reading widely, in searching other sources that are instructive and in learning from them, but the voice that is listened to, the voice that means something, is the voice that says, with true conviction, 'This I know. I have the conviction. The Spirit has borne witness to me that this is true.'" - Marion D. Hanks, "An Attitude-The Weightier Matters," Ensign, July 1981, p. 68

"The Lord's invitation to follow him is individual and personal, and it is compelling. We cannot stand forever between two opinions. Each of us must at some time face the crucial question: 'Whom say ye that I am?' (Matt. 16:15.) Our personal salvation depends on our answer to that question and our commitment to that answer. Peter's revealed answer was 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God' (Matt. 16:16). Many, many witnesses can give an identical answer by the same power, and I join with them in humble gratitude. But we must each answer the question for ourselves-if not now, then later; for at the last day, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Christ. Our challenge is to answer correctly and live accordingly before it is everlastingly too late. Since Jesus is indeed the Christ, what must we do?" - Howard W. Hunter, "He Invites Us to Follow Him," Ensign, September 1994, p. 2

"When the apostle Peter affirmed that Jesus Christ was the Son of the living God, the Savior called him blessed, 'for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven' (Matt. 16:17). This precious revelation can be part of the personal experience of every seeker after truth and, once received, becomes a pole star to guide in all the activities of life." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Revelation," New Era, September 1982, p. 40

"As He knew Peter, the Lord understands you and me when our testimonies may not be the brightly burning bonfire you may think they are or want them to be. Perhaps in some cases, that testimony is constructed unwisely, built on a social foundation of programs and personalities instead of the sure rock of personal revelation. Or perhaps you have allowed your testimony to flicker gradually through the years of disuse and spiritual complacency. Regardless of the reason your testimony may be growing dim, the Savior lovingly urges you to come unto Him and become strengthened in Him. Said He to Moroni: 'If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble;... for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.' (Ether 12:27.) - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony," Ensign, November 1992, p. 34-35

"'And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.' (Matthew 16:13-18.) This rock of revelation is the source of knowledge concerning the things of God. It is the witness of the Holy Spirit that testifies of eternal truth, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against any man who seeks it, who accepts it, who cultivates it, and who lives by it." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Be Thou an Example," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 8

"There is a lot of difference in being knowledgeable of a fact and having faith and an understanding of it. I believe there are many people in this world who say, 'I know that Jesus is the Christ.' Well, bless your souls, the devils know that too, and they tremble. But the person who really knows it, is the person who lives it and then drinks from the fountain of righteousness to his soul the great power that makes a man turn and change his life. You see, when Peter knew by sight that He was the Christ, or by revelation, as he stood warming his hands by the fire when the maid came to him and said, 'Thou art one of them; thou art one of the Galileans,' he answered, 'I know him not.' (See Matt. 22:56-57.) But that same Peter, when he had become converted to the fact, stood and said, 'Ye men of Galilee and all who dwell herein have taken the holy One of God and with wicked hands have cruelly crucified him.' Then when those same people came to him and said, 'We command you not to speak,' he did not fear and tremble by the fire and say, 'Oh, I'm sorry I even said the words. I'll go some place else.' Then, because of conversion by the Spirit, he said, 'Is it better to obey man than God?' and he went on teaching them what he knew in his heart-not what he had a mental assent to, but something that he really knew. This is the power of life-something we really know." - Paul F. Royall, "A Sure Foundation," December 17, 1963, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1963:1

"It is most interesting to note that there is something fundamental and basic in the makeup of man that will sooner or later turn him to his Creator, provided he does not completely strangle this inclination through evil works on chronic unbelief, and provided he doesn't condition himself to settle for less by insisting that what he doesn't know or hasn't experienced just isn't so....

"And so to those who have tasted the water at many wells only to find that the unquenching thirst of the soul drives them on in search of that which will bring peace and nourishment to the heart—to you, whoever you are, member or nonmember—will you come and drink from this well, and taste and experiment and see if you have not found the waters of life where you can drink to your soul and thirst no more but be full with the joy of the true knowledge of Jesus Christ and his teachings and the purpose of your own life?" - Loren C. Dunn, "Drink of the Pure Water," Ensign, June 1971, p. 82

"A testimony is a priceless gift from God. But even though a person may receive a witness through the Holy Ghost, there is no guarantee that this testimony will remain steadfast unless the person exerts constant effort to keep that testimony alive. Testimonies gained may be lost through carelessness, indifference, and/or neglect.

"Testimonies need to be nourished and fed. President Lee wisely counseled: 'If we are not reading the scriptures daily, our testimonies are growing thinner, our spirituality isn't increasing in depth.' (Seminar for Regional Representatives of the Twelve, December 12, 1970.)" - Henry D. Taylor, "Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light," Ensign, June 1971, p. 109

"Today I thought I would like to say a few words about the kind of a foundation we have for our faith, and what we live for, and what our aims and our ambitions really are. I think of the time the beautiful temple here on this block was erected, over a hundred years ago. When the foundation was being laid, we are told that it was sixteen feet wide, and at one time President Brigham Young came and saw the workmen throwing in chipped granite. He made them take it out and put in those great granite blocks with this explanation: "We are building this temple to stand through the millennium." Isn't that a good thought? Each one of us ought to want to build our lives and help our families to build their lives so that we can stand through the millennium." - LeGrand Richards, "Laying a Foundation for the Millennium," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 81

"I bear my testimony to you, my brothers and sisters, that I know that the gospel is true....

"I have had the assurance of this since the day, as a young missionary in Pennsylvania, when I placed a Book of Mormon in the hands of an investigator who went directly to a clump of bushes in a park to ask God if this book were true. He returned convinced and asked for baptism. And again when a farmer in Pennsylvania met us at the farm gate to say, 'I have been expecting you. I have seen you in my dreams.' After a day and night of giving them a message of the restoration, I witnessed this family of five request baptism, which was accomplished by damming the creek in back of their barn." - Alvin R. Dyer, "The Nobility of Man in Choosing Good Over Evil," Ensign, Dec. 1971, 122

"We do not have to protect ourselves from wolf packs as we travel the road of life today, but, in a spiritual sense, we do face the devious wolves of Satan in the forms of temptation, evil, and sin. We live in dangerous times when these ravenous wolves roam the spiritual countryside in search of those who may be weak in faith or feeble in their conviction. In his first epistle, Peter described our 'adversary the devil, as a roaring lion [that] walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.' (1 Pet. 5:8.) The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith that 'enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb.' (D&C 122:6.) We are all vulnerable to attack. However, we can fortify ourselves with the protection provided by a burning testimony that, like a bonfire, has been built adequately and maintained carefully." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony," Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 34

"How do you get a testimony? I think that Jesus gave the answer as well or better than it has ever been given. As he taught in the temple at the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, the Jews—although they were even then plotting his death—marveled at his teachings and said, 'How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' (John 7:15–17.) This statement points the way so clearly and simply that even 'wayfaring men, though fools,' need 'not err therein.' (Isa. 35:8.)" - Marion G. Romney, "How to Gain a Testimony," New Era, May 1976, 12

"Who can measure the influence of simple, sacred words of testimony? Who can calculate the impact of the Spirit that confirms those words? The seeds of testimony that are planted in the hearts of children when they are young are nourished throughout their lives by hearing the testimonies of those who love them enough to bear witness of the truth." - Susan L. Warner, "Bear Record of Him," Ensign, Nov. 1998, 67

"Some time ago a gentleman came and asked, 'Why do you believe this is the Gospel? and why are you a member of this Church?' I said, 'My answer to that is very brief: I belong to this Church, because it is the Church of Jesus Christ, and that is the reason I am here declaring its truth unto the people.' I believe that most of our young people have a knowledge of the Gospel, and have a testimony of it, but many of them are not aware of the fact. Sometimes we are dilatory and lazy; we think the Lord is going to do all for us. We go to school or to the university, and the young man or woman who wishes to progress, and receive a degree, must burn the midnight oil; and yet, to get a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ they feel that all that is necessary for them to do is to ask their Father in heaven, and, without any effort on their part, the Lord will manifest the truth unto them. I want to say that God requires that we shall seek Him earnestly, exerting the powers and faculties He has given us, and then will He impart a testimony of the truths of heaven." - Joseph A. McRae, "Conference Report," October 1907, Overflow Meeting, p. 77-78

"This thing which we call testimony is the great strength of the Church. It is the wellspring of faith and activity. It is difficult to explain. It is difficult to quantify. It is an elusive and mysterious thing, and yet it is as real and powerful as any force on the earth. The Lord described it when He spoke to Nicodemus and said, 'The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit' (John 3:8). This thing which we call testimony is difficult to define, but its fruits are plainly evident. It is the Holy Spirit testifying through us." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Testimony," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.69

"In our own lives, in our daily workaday world, we can create our own 'mountaintop experience' so unique and personal that I wonder why more of us do not readily do so. The spiritual mountaintop of which I speak is the development and refining of a testimony of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Just as we can stand on the top of any great mountain and experience an awe-inspiring panorama, I believe we can stand in our own places and experience overwhelming awe in knowing that the Savior, in an act of love which defies mortal understanding, gave his life in taking upon himself our pain and suffering." - Jack H Goaslind, "Spiritual Mountaintops," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.9

"I want to bear record to my brethren and sisters here that there is no other way of retaining the spirit of this work and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost than through faithfulness and diligence in observing to keep the commandments of the Lord. The individual who will be humble all the day long and strive to keep the commandments of the Lord will never apostatize or become dissatisfied, but he or she will be preserved in the truth, and by and by will sit down in the mansions of the Father, to enjoy the blessings of eternal life. People who are spiritually-minded are devoted to the work. They pay their tithes and their offerings; they go to the ward meetings and to the stake meetings, and they are willing to devote their time, their talents and their all for the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth." - Marriner W. Merrill, Conference Report, April 1902, Afternoon Session, p.40

"Simply stated, testimony—real testimony, born of the Spirit and confirmed by the Holy Ghost—changes lives. It changes how you think and what you do. It changes what you say. It affects every priority you set and every choice you make. To have a real and abiding testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to be 'spiritually... born of God,' to '[receive] his image in your countenances,' and to experience a 'mighty change in your hearts' (Alma 5:14)." - M. Russell Ballard, "Pure Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.40

"Every person who receives baptism into the Church and has received and felt the confirmation of the Spirit through the gift of the Holy Ghost stands as a witness 'of God at all times and in all things, and in all places' (Mosiah 18:9). When partaking of the sacrament, that person renews that witness to take the Savior's name, keep his commandments, and remember him. A person so moved by the Spirit not only knows these things himself, but the Spirit carries them into the hearts of others. This is the basis of the Church's great missionary effort. 'For when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men' (2 Ne. 33:1).

"The witness of the Holy Ghost is even more compelling than the witness of sight. As members of the Church, we become witnesses of the Savior and the truthfulness of this work not only in word but also in keeping our covenants and in how we treat others and in how we live our everyday lives." - Loren C. Dunn, "Witnesses," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.28

"Wherever we live in this world, we see the glorious rising sun, which bears record of the Light of Christ that fills our hearts and enlightens our minds. The mighty rivers and the meandering streams bear record that the Savior is the source of the living water that can quench our thirst for spiritual things. The lilies of the field and even the smallest sparrow bear record of His generous and personal care.

"But of all God's remarkable creations, only we, His children, are created in His image and likeness. Only we, His children, have the capacity to develop our own spiritual convictions. And only we, His children, can give voice and expression to our witness of Him. We, His children, rejoice in our privilege and sacred obligation to bear record of Him and His gospel." - Susan L. Warner, "Bear Record of Him," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.66

"Our motives and thoughts ultimately influence our actions. The testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful motivating force in our lives. Jesus repeatedly emphasized the power of good thoughts and proper motives: 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not' (D&C 6:36).

"The testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel will help us in our lives to learn of God's specific plan for us and then to act accordingly. It gives us assurance of the reality, truth, and goodness of God, of the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, and of the divine calling of latter-day prophets. Our testimony motivates us to live righteously, and righteous living will cause our testimony to grow stronger." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Power of a Personal Testimony," Ensign, November 2006

"At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end, no dawn to break the night's darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea, 'Is there no balm in Gilead?' (Jeremiah 8:22). We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone.

"How can we build a foundation strong enough to withstand such vicissitudes of life? How can we maintain the faith and testimony which will be required, that we might experience the joy promised to the faithful? Constant, steady effort is necessary. Most of us have experienced inspiration so strong that it brings tears to our eyes and a determination to ever remain faithful. I have heard the statement, 'If I could just keep these feelings with me always, I would never have trouble doing what I should.' Such feelings, however, can be fleeting. The inspiration we feel during these conference sessions may diminish and fade as Monday comes and we face the routines of work, of school, of managing our homes and families. Such can easily take our minds from the holy to the mundane, from that which uplifts to that which, if we allow it, will chip away at our testimonies, our strong foundations.

"May I offer three guidelines to help us in our quest.

"First, fortify your foundation through prayer....

"My second guideline: Let us study the scriptures and 'meditate therein day and night,...'

"My third guideline for building a strong foundation of faith and testimony involves service." - Thomas S. Monson, "How Firm a Foundation," Ensign, November 2006

"Why am I a Mormon? Why, I came to the earth to be one. It was the object of my descent from the life pre-existent into this lower world of mortality. I believe it is expected of me; that I made a covenant to that effect before leaving the presence of my Father and God, to take upon me this clay; and that if I were to break my covenant and prove false to the trust reposed in me, I would become bankrupt in the estimation of my best and dearest friends. It is to preserve my credit with the heavens that I am a Latter-day Saint, and to keep the way open for my return to what I had formerly, taking with me what I earn as the reward of faithful service in this probation. There is joy in heaven over the victorious return of every soul engaged in the great conflict here below; but the heavens weep, as they wept over fallen Lucifer, when a soul surrenders to sin, turns traitor to God, and forsakes the cause of the great Captain for which it was sent forth to battle.

"The skeptical reader will, of course, say I am a fanatic, and that all this is mere drivel-idle, visionary speculation. To such I would answer, that may be your reason, or what you mistake as a reason, for not believing it. But I am not at present dealing with other people's reasons for believing or disbelieving anything. I am simply trying to make plain my own. For some good and sufficient cause, I was deemed worthy of coming here to be a Mormon, or Latter-day Saint. What I had done to merit the high honor, I do not know, or do not now recollect. But one thing I am certain of, as certain as I am that I live; it was an honor, a most precious privilege; one which the wealth of worlds would not now tempt me to barter or forego." - Orson F. Whitney, "The Contributor," Volume 8

"The Savior has proclaimed what we might regard as a scientific pattern which must be followed if one attains a testimony and retains it. First, he must have a strong desire to gain a testimony. Second, he must study the holy scriptures prayerfully and with an open mind. You recall that the Master declared: 'Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.' (John 5:39; D&C 1:37.) Third, a person must render obedience to God's commandments. Jesus made this fact clear. He said: 'My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

"'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' (John 7:16-17.) And fourth, he must pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ and sincerely ask for a testimony. By doing these things a person receives a testimony that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p.82

"I bear you my witness in all humility that if your children and my children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren remain faithful to this church, it will be because you and I remained steadfast in the testimony that these men [the First Presidency and the Twelve] are the prophets of the living God and that we must follow their counsel if we would be saved in the days of peril. Therefore, 'stand ye in holy places, and be not moved' (D&C 87:8), that we might abide the day of the coming of the Son of Man and be caught up in the clouds of heaven to meet our Redeemer when He comes on earth to reign, and reign with Him a thousand years with our children and the redeemed of our Father's house. - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.521

"The wonderful thing about knowing it is true is that you know simultaneously that God the Father and Jesus Christ live and stand at the head of this Church today. I gained that knowledge when I was 11, and now I stand before you as an ordained especial witness of Jesus Christ and testify it is true. I also testify that the Lord wants you to know it is true, and He 'will [reveal] the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost' (Moroni 10:4)." - Glenn L. Pace, "Do You Know?" General Conference, April 2007

Personal, sincere involvement in the scriptures produces faith, hope, and solutions to our daily challenges. Frequently reading, pondering, and applying the lessons of the scriptures, combined with prayer, become an irreplaceable part of gaining and sustaining a strong, vibrant testimony." - Donald L. Staheli, "Securing Our Testimonies," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.37

"My beloved brothers and sisters and friends, I have lived a long time. As I look back over my life, I recognize one source of singular strength and blessing. It is my testimony and knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. I am profoundly grateful that all of my life I have had a simple faith that Jesus is the Christ. That witness has been confirmed to me hundreds of times. It is the crowning knowledge of my soul. It is the spiritual light of my being. It is the cornerstone of my life." - James E. Faust, "A Growing Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.53 (on the day of his passing)

"Young people, do not lose your testimony. You may discover sometimes that you are in doubt. I think we all have. You may sometimes wonder if your testimony is waning, but let that be a signal to you, let that be the time that you come to one of your brethren, one of your friends; that is the signal for you quickly to associate yourself with the Church and become very active in the Church, that is the time that you must confide in God your Eternal Father." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1952, Afternoon Meeting, p.66

"The most valuable power we can possess is the treasure of a personal testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning power." - Enrique R. Falabella, "Why Are We Members of the Only True Church?" General Conference, 6 October 2007

"In the genius of the gospel plan, there ultimately only has to be one witness, but that witness must be you. The testimony of others may initiate and nourish the desire for faith and testimony, but eventually every individual must find out for himself. None can permanently endure on borrowed light.

"The restored gospel is not truer today than when a solitary boy walked out of the Sacred Grove in 1820. Truth has never been dependent on the number who embrace it. When Joseph left the grove, there was only one man on earth who knew the truth about God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is necessary, however, that each find out for himself and carry that burning testimony into the next life." - Douglas L. Callister, "Knowing What We Know," General Conference, 7 October 2007

"For all who have borne witness of this work and all who will yet bear witness of this work, in my day and my time, I bear that witness and testimony to you this day at this time. I know that there is a God in heaven, and I know He lives. I know God lives. I know He lives. I know He lives, and I know that He is the Father of all of us. I know that God our Father is in this work in great congregations such as this, and in the smallest branch and the smallest congregation God is in this work. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and that He has purchased us by the shedding of His blood and by the anguish which He suffered on Gethsemane. I know that apostles and prophets are at the foundation of this work, beginning with the Prophet Joseph and coming to President Gordon B. Hinckley this day. This, my brothers and sisters, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This work is true." - Loren C. Dunn, "Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.13

"Of these things I give solemn testimony, bearing witness to all within the sound of my voice that God has spoken again to open this final glorious dispensation; that his Church is here, the Church which carries the name of his Beloved Son; that there has come from the earth the record of an ancient people bearing witness to this generation of the work of the Almighty; that the everlasting priesthood is among men for their blessing and the governance of his work; that this is the true and living Church of Jesus Christ, brought forth for the blessing of all who will receive its message; that it is immovably established on a foundation of Apostles and prophets, with cornerstones of unshakable firmness put in place by him for the accomplishment of his eternal purposes, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Cornerstones of Our Faith," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.50

"One of the greatest things about our Heavenly Father’s plan for His children is that each of us can know the truth of that plan for ourselves. That revealed knowledge does not come from books, from scientific proof, or from intellectual pondering. As with the Apostle Peter, we can receive that knowledge directly from our Heavenly Father through the witness of the Holy Ghost.

"When we know spiritual truths by spiritual means, we can be just as sure of that knowledge as scholars and scientists are of the different kinds of knowledge they have acquired by different methods." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Testimony," General Conference, April 2008

"The power of a plain, unadorned testimony is always impressive to me. I recall a twelve-year-old boy standing in front of a large congregation to share his testimony. As he stood trembling in fear and emotion, his voice failed him. He stood speechless; our hearts went out to him. The creeping seconds dragged on, making the silence of the moment intense. Prayerfully we hoped that he might gain composure and the ability to express his testimony. After great uneasiness and anxiety peculiar to a young person in such a circumstance, he raised his bowed head and softly said, 'Brothers and sisters, my testimony is too small.' He cleared his voice and sat down. His message had been given. I thought then, as I think now, what a timely observation. Whose testimony isn’t too small? Whose testimony doesn’t need to be added upon? After this one-sentence sermon, I acknowledged before the congregation that my testimony was too small also and I was going to give it a chance to grow by more frequent sharing. I had been taught by a plain, simple statement." - Marvin J. Ashton, "The Power of Plainness," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.66

"To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to bridle our passions, control our appetites, and rise above carnal and evil things. It is to overcome the world as did he who is our prototype and who himself was the most valiant of all our Father’s children. It is to be morally clean, to pay our tithes and offerings, to honor the Sabbath day, to pray with full purpose of heart, to lay our all upon the altar if called upon to do so." - Bruce R. McConkie, "Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.33

"Many of us say, 'I believe,' but can we say as Job did, 'I know.' Can we say we know that God lives, and that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in this, the latter day? This is the question that we have to answer, and the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us the answer thereto. Through the tempering process of life we may become strengthened even to perfection, as we conquer and endure to the end, that we too may have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Eldred G. Smith, "Conference Report," October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.24

"The strength of this church does not depend alone upon the prophets and apostles of earlier dispensations nor upon the testimony of the General Authorities of the present. The strength of this church is in the testimony and faith of its members, and every member may have that testimony if he will seek it through study and sincere prayer and if he will keep the commandments the Lord has given us. That testimony will become a knowledge of the truth of this work. Through righteous living and unselfish service, it will grow stronger day by day and will develop into a knowledge that nothing but carelessness or sin can weaken or destroy." - Joseph Anderson, "The Matter of Personal Testimony," Ensign (CR), May 1976, p.87

"Satan wants us to fail to reach that mountaintop that will allow us to develop a testimony so powerful that he will be unable to influence us. His work is to thwart our efforts, but the Lord has counseled us, 'Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail' (D&C 6:34).

"We have every confidence that earth and hell will not overtake you, but it will require that you move from your current plateaus and climb to higher ground." - Jack H Goaslind, "Spiritual Mountaintops," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.9

“Now, the Lord has made known to us a few simple truths in regard to our being–who we are, where we came from, what we are here for, where we are going to, and what is to be our final destiny. These things in our minds are not mere articles of faith, they are not myths, they are not mere opinions or sentiments, but they are to us … ‘absolute truths;’ they have been revealed from the Almighty, and are his word to us and not the say-so of men. God has borne testimony of the truth of them in our own hearts; and to us they have become absolute truths. We are not left in doubt about them; they are to us facts as palpable as the fact of our existence.” – Charles W. Penrose, “Journal of Discourses,” 26 vols., 23:159

“The relationship between testimony and appropriate action is emphasized in the Savior’s instruction to the Saints in Kirtland: ‘That which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do’ (D&C 46:7). Our testimony of gospel truth should be reflected both in our words and in our deeds. And our testimonies are proclaimed and lived most powerfully in our own homes. Spouses, parents, and children should strive to overcome any hesitancy, reluctance, or embarrassment about bearing testimony. We should both create and look for opportunities to bear testimony of gospel truths—and live them.” – David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home,” Ensign, November 2009

“I testify that one cannot come to full faith in this latter-day work—and thereby find the fullest measure of peace and comfort in these, our times—until he or she embraces the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies.” – Jeffrey R. Holland, “Safety for the Soul,” Ensign, November 2009

“Certainly, the experience of others who have consistently obeyed gospel requirements is of value to the seeker after a testimony. Children are wise in accepting the experiences of their parents. Beginners do well to trust those who are seasoned in gospel living. But, there comes a time when every person must find out for himself, in his own daily life, the value of the gospel. A sufficient testimony comes only to him who ‘stands upon his own feet.’” - John A. Widtsoe, “Evidences and Reconciliations,” p. 17

“A personal testimony after we have received it, I have learned, and I am grateful that I have learned it, needs to be constantly reinforced. We may have had some faith-promoting experience in our lives, and many of us have; we may have even witnessed a miracle, and some of us have. Someone has said our testimony may be a dynamic concept based upon evidence, proof, and revelation. It may have been acquired through study and prayer, but if our testimony ceases to grow, it may finally cease to be.” - Thorpe B. Isaacson, “Conference Report,” October 1952, Afternoon Meeting, p. 64

"A testimony must be renewed daily. Testimony is as elusive as a moonbeam; it's as fragile as an orchid; you have to recapture it every morning of your life. You have to hold on by study, and by faith, and by prayer. If you allow yourself to be angry, if you allow yourself to get into the wrong kind of company, you listen to the wrong kind of stories, you are studying the wrong kind of subjects, you are engaging in sinful practices, there is nothing that will be more deadening as to take away the Spirit of the Lord from you until it will be as though you had walked from a lighted room when you go out of this building, as though you had gone out into a darkness." - "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 139

"May I conclude by reminding you of the first thing that I said, things 'seen and heard.' How necessary it is for a parent to bear that witness! I have an aged great-grandmother, long since dead, who in her ninety-seventh year was approached by one who had lost faith, and thinking perhaps that the grandmother, too, had lost some, said to her, 'You knew the Prophet. What did you think of him?' This aged woman had endured the vicissitudes of the seventies' trek from Kirtland to Missouri, had suffered through Haun's Mill with her infant child in her arms, had counted the long miles across the plains, and then had lived through years of poverty in Utah. She smiled as she looked at this person, and I think disappointed the person, too, because this is what she said: 'We all knew that he was a Prophet.'" - S. Dilworth Young, "Conference Report," October 1956, Afternoon Meeting, p. 69

"The Father revealed to us that He lives, that Jesus Christ is His Beloved Son, and that He loved us enough to send that Son to save us, who are His children. And because I have a testimony that He called that unlettered boy as an apostle and prophet, I trust His apostles and prophets today and those they call to serve God.

"That trust has blessed my life and the lives of my family.” - Henry B. Eyring, "Trust in God, Then Go and Do,” Ensign (CR) October 2010

The Savior attempted to impress his questioners with the fact that the real power in the kingdom of God is not represented in outwardly observable things. Its strength is in the quality of the lives of its members. It is in the depth of their purity, their charity, their faith, their integrity, and their devotion to truth. This great lesson escaped the perception of the Pharisees. It has significance for us today. - Dean L. Larsen, "The Strength of the Kingdom Is Within," Ensign (CR) October 1981

Increasingly, some celebrities and others who—for one reason or another—are in the public eye have a tendency to ridicule religion in general and, at times, the Church in particular. If our testimonies are not firmly enough rooted, such criticisms can cause us to doubt our own beliefs or to waver in our resolves. - Thomas S. Monson, "Dare to Stand Alone," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Fifty years ago or more, when I was a missionary, our greatest responsibility was to defend the great truth that the Prophet Joseph Smith was divinely called and inspired and that the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God. But even at that time there were the unmistakable evidences that there was coming into the religious world actually a question about the Bible and about the divine calling of the Master, Himself. Now fifty years later, our greatest responsibility and anxiety is to defend the divine mission of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, for all about us, even among those who claim to be professors of the Christian faith, [we find many who] are not willing to stand squarely in defense of the great truth that our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, was indeed the Son of God. - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.11

Some who have accepted the gospel by being baptized do not continue to enjoy the feast. Once we have come to the Lord’s table, let us not leave too early!

Continuing to feast on the good things of the gospel means we will keep the commandments, attend our meetings, and contribute to the happiness of those around us by being good neighbors and friends. - F. Melvin Hammond, "Parables of Jesus: The Great Supper," Ensign, April 2003

Satan wants us to fail to reach that mountaintop that will allow us to develop a testimony so powerful that he will be unable to influence us. His work is to thwart our efforts, but the Lord has counseled us, “Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail” (D&C 6:34). - Jack H. Goaslind, "Spiritual Mountaintops," Ensign (CR) November 1995

We have been sent here to work out our individual salvation through the tests and challenges of daily life. We cannot do that by relying heavily upon the borrowed light of someone else’s testimony. As we receive inspiration when we hear prophets, leaders, and peers bear their testimonies, those spiritual feelings should further enhance our desire to strengthen our own convictions. - Donald L. Staheli, "Securing Our Testimonies," Ensign (CR) November 2004

When, with heavenly power, that witness comes to a person, he or she will soon understand that personal sacrifice is its constant companion. The spiritual witness of these sacred things and the demands of sacrifice inevitably walk the road together. In time, one comes to understand the necessity of this and is filled with gratitude that it is so. - L. Aldin Porter, "The Spirit of Prophecy," Ensign (CR) November 1996

To know God and His Son is eternal life. How can we learn to know God if we are unwilling to seek after Him and do His will? Eternal life is what we should desire more than anything else in this world.

One cannot study about Jesus Christ and His teachings without being affected and changed for good. As you develop a testimony of the Savior, you want to become like Him and to follow Him, and thus you enter the waters of baptism and make a sacred covenant with Him. - Ronald T. Halverson, "I Stand at the Door, and Knock," Ensign (CR) November 2004

There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth. Although to varying degrees, I believe every man or young man here tonight has a testimony. If you feel that you do not yet have the depth of testimony you would wish, I admonish you to work to achieve such a testimony. If it is strong and deep, labor to keep it that way. How blessed we are to have a knowledge of the truth. - Thomas S. Monson, "See Others as They May Become," Ensign (CR) November 2012

My patriarchal blessing indicates that I would be given special experiences that would strengthen my own testimony. Brothers and sisters, think of the special experiences you have been blessed with in your life that have given you conviction and joy in your heart. Remember when you first knew that Joseph Smith was God's prophet of the Restoration? Remember when you accepted Moroni's challenge and knew that the Book of Mormon was indeed another testament of Jesus Christ? Remember when you received an answer to fervent prayer and realized that your Heavenly Father knows and loves you personally? As you contemplate such special experiences, don't they give you a sense of gratitude and resolve to go forward with renewed faith and determination? - Ronald A. Rasband, "Special Experiences," Ensign (CR) May 2008

I bear record of the truth. I know of what I speak. I did not obtain it from the teaching of father and mother, although, thank God. I had a good father and mother, who believed the, truth and who loved the truth. But when I bore record concerning the truth of this gospel, I had to obtain that knowledge in the same way that father and mother obtained it before me, by service, by giving my heart to God. There is no other way. Father and mother could not give me the testimony and knowledge, let them love it ever so dearly, let them try ever so hard, they could only point out the way in which I should walk. In that path I myself finally came to a knowledge of the truth, revealed to me by the Lord God, just as it had been revealed to my parents before me. The same thing is true today. I cannot give a knowledge of this gospel to my own sons and daughters. I can only say to them. This work is not my work, but His who has called me to minister therein. If ye will do his will and test these ordinances and principles of the gospel, you shall be brought to an understanding of the truth by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and know from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet, that God has spoken and has established this work in which we are laboring. - Joseph W. Mcmurrin., Conference Report, October 1918, Outdoor Meeting., p.109

It is a fact that God lives. It is a fact that Jesus Christ was and is a divine being. It is a fact that the Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. It is a fact that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. It is a fact that God revealed his will through his prophets in biblical days, and that he does so today.

The script for this drama was written before the world began. The script writer has revealed clues about future scenes to individuals who have shared them with all who would listen. - Royden G. Derrick, "Valiance in the Drama of Life,” Ensign (CR) May 1983

“How can we be certain that the Church is true?” Can anyone gain a so-called perfect testimony here in mortality? I think all of us here are still in the never-ending process of a developing testimony. Youth of Zion, forget about receiving a miracle, or the so-called sure sign from heaven. There are no shortcuts to eternity. Thus, extreme patience becomes another key factor as we develop our testimony over a lifetime. It is simply “line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little,” just as the scriptures say (D&C 128:21). - Robert L. Simpson, “No Shortcuts,” Ensign (CR) May 1987

Some people speak of a testimony as if it were a light switch—it’s either on or off; you either have a testimony, or you do not. In reality, a testimony is more like a tree that passes through various stages of growth and development. Some of the tallest trees on earth are found in Redwood National Park in the western United States. When you stand at the base of these massive trees, it is amazing to think that each one grew from a tiny seed. So it is with our testimonies. Although they may begin with a single spiritual experience, they grow and develop over time through constant nourishment and frequent spiritual encounters. -
Craig C. Christensen, “I Know These Things of Myself,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

To those who believe but wish their belief to be strengthened, I urge you to walk in faith and trust in God. Spiritual knowledge always requires an exercise of faith. We acquire a testimony of the principles of the gospel by obediently trying to live them. Said the Savior, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine.” A testimony of the efficacy of prayer comes through humble and sincere prayer. A testimony of tithing comes by paying tithing. Do not let your private doubts separate you from the divine source of knowledge. Prayerfully go forward, humbly seeking eternal light, and your unbelief will be dispelled. I testify that if you continue in the purposeful process of searching for and accepting spiritual light, truth, and knowledge, it will surely come. By going forward in faith, you will find that your faith will increase. Like a good seed, if it is not cast out by your unbelief, it will swell within your breast. - James E. Faust, “Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief,” Ensign (CR) October 2003

Admittedly, it is easier to talk about a testimony than to obtain one. The Lord intended that we should work hard to obtain a testimony, for that will make our testimonies stronger, and they will be more apt to remain with us. Always remember that no good thing comes without effort and sacrifice. - O. Leslie Stone, “Testimony,” Ensign (CR) April 1975

We live in perilous times. The influence of Satan often appears to be unchecked and overwhelming. Remember the promise that God has given to those who build and maintain brightly burning bonfires of testimony to counter the wolves that threaten us. This is His promise: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will … uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isa. 41:10.) - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony,” Ensign (CR) October 1992

And finally, may Latter-day Saint parents bear their testimonies to their children in the home—actually express to your children exactly what it is about the Church you know to be true. If we think our children know these things just because they live in the same house with us, we are mistaken. We need to say the words so our families can feel the same spirit of testimony that we have felt. Family home evening is an ideal time for this to take place. - Loren C. Dunn, “How to Gain a Testimony,” Ensign (CR) October 1972

If you are in possession of something that is dearer to you than life itself, and you know that by giving it away you could enrich the lives of your fellowmen without making your life any poorer, you would want to do it, wouldn’t you? My testimony of the divinity of this Church is that treasure dearer to me than life itself, and I have given it away to many, many people whose lives have been enriched by virtue of the same. - LeGrand Richards, “A Testimony,” Ensign (CR) October 1980

How essential is this bearing of testimony to the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ? Why, it is the first essential credential of a Christian. Jesus himself set the example, when, in justifying himself before the Jews, he said: "I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me." (John 8:18.) And from all we can learn from scripture, we must conclude that there is but one indispensable fact which lies at the basis of the whole Christian doctrine to which witness must be borne, and that is that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and sent by him to perform his mission in the world. - Stephen L. Richards, Conference Report, October 1956, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 42

There is one final thing we spoke of: if one is to learn the answers to the basic spiritual problems of his life and is to pursue a purposeful program fruitfully and happily, he must have a motivation, an "inner aim" our friends sometimes call it, a spiritual assurance, a testimony which will inspire and impel him to learn and to live. The enjoyment of that testimony is one of the great possibilities that has come to us through the restoration of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. - Marion D. Hanks, "Conference Report," April 1956, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 100

In the genius of the gospel plan, there ultimately only has to be one witness, but that witness must be you. The testimony of others may initiate and nourish the desire for faith and testimony, but eventually every individual must find out for himself. None can permanently endure on borrowed light. - Douglas L. Callister, "Knowing That We Know,” Ensign (CR) October 2007

Some of the greatest opportunities to create and transmit a legacy of testimony cannot be planned. Tragedy, loss, and hurt often arrive unanticipated. How we react when we are surprised will tell our families whether what we have taught and testified lies deep in our hearts. - Henry B. Eyring, "A Legacy of Testimony," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 62

I am grateful beyond any measure of expression that I have for the absolute certainty that there is in my heart of the divinity of this work, and I know that God Almighty will give any man this knowledge and open the door to possible, eventual salvation and exaltation to any man who will come in faith, believing, knocking at the door, and asking that he may receive the truth. - Bruce R. McConkie, Conference Report, October 1954, Afternoon Meeting, p.125

This idea of growing up unto the Lord is a compelling one. Unlike the process of growing up physically, we will not mature spiritually until we choose, as the Apostle Paul phrased it, to "put away childish things.” - Anne C. Pingree, "To Grow Up unto the Lord,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

Brothers and sisters, never hesitate to bear your testimony with sincerity and love. The power of personal testimony cannot be denied and often ignites in others the interest to know more. - M. Russell Ballard, "Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits,” Ensign (CR), October 2007

A powerful testimony distills from quiet moments of prayer and pondering as you recognize the impressions that will accompany such effort. Humble, trusting prayer brings consolation, solace, comfort, direction, and peace the unworthy can never know. - Richard G. Scott, "The Power of a Strong Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.87

I know from experience what the faith of good people can do to bring words from the Spirit at the close of a sermon. More than once, someone has said to me after my testimony, “How did you know what I so needed to hear?” I have learned not to be surprised when I cannot remember saying the words. I spoke the words of testimony, but the Lord was there, giving them to me in the moment. The promise that the Lord will give us words in the very moment applies especially to testimony (see D&C 24:6). Listen carefully to the testimonies borne in this conference—you will feel closer to the Lord. - Henry B. Eyring, “Where Two or Three Are Gathered,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

This is a great time to live, brothers and sisters, and it is up to us to carry on the rich tradition of devoted commitment that has been the hallmark of previous generations of Latter-day Saints. This is not a time for the spiritually faint of heart. We cannot afford to be superficially righteous. Our testimonies must run deep, with spiritual roots firmly embedded in the rock of revelation. And we must continue to move the work forward as a covenanted, consecrated people, with faith in every footstep, "till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” - M. Russell Ballard, "The Truth of God Shall Go Forth,” Ensign (CR) October 2008

May I tell you just three things of many that cause my heart to throb? First, my heart throbs with the knowledge that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and that His love for me was sufficient that He would suffer unimaginable pain and even death. My heart throbs when in the solitude of my deep thoughts I realize I can be cleansed, purified, and redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ. My heart throbs when I contemplate the price that was paid--the suffering incurred to spare me of similar personal suffering for my sins and transgressions. - Richard C. Edgley, “A Still, Small Voice and a Throbbing Heart,” Ensign (CR), May 2005

In order for us to be strong and to withstand all the forces pulling us in the wrong direction or all the voices encouraging us to take the wrong path, we must have our own testimony. Whether you are 12 or 112—or anywhere in between—you can know for yourself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Read the Book of Mormon. Ponder its teachings. Ask Heavenly Father if it is true. We have the promise that “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.” – Thomas S. Monson, “Dare to Stand Alone,” Ensign (CR) November 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a place for people with all kinds of testimonies. There are some members of the Church whose testimony is sure and burns brightly within them. Others are still striving to know for themselves. The Church is a home for all to come together, regardless of the depth or the height of our testimony. I know of no sign on the doors of our meetinghouses that says, “Your testimony must be this tall to enter.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth," Ensign (CR) November 2014

What does it mean to be “valiant in the testimony of Jesus”? Surely this includes keeping his commandments and serving him. But wouldn’t it also include bearing witness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer, to believers and nonbelievers alike? As the Apostle Peter taught the Saints of his day, we should “sanctify the Lord God in [our] hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh [us] a reason of the hope that is in [us].” (1 Pet. 3:15.) –
Dallin H. Oaks, “Witnesses of Christ,” Ensign (CR) November 1990

While testimonies can come as dramatic manifestations, they usually do not. Sometimes people think they need to have an experience like Joseph Smith’s vision before they gain testimonies. If we have unrealistic expectations of how, when, or where answers come, we risk missing the answers which come as quiet, reassuring feelings and thoughts that most often come after our prayers, while we are doing something else. These answers can be equally convincing and powerful.

Over time we will receive answers and learn how inspiration comes. This is something each person learns for himself. – Allan F. Packer, “Finding Strength in Challenging Times!” Ensign (CR) May 2009

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