What are we bearing?

21 Jul

A few weeks ago, as I sat in church, I heard a talk about testimonies. The speaker read the definition of “bearing”, since we often say within the church that when we state what we know to be true we are “bearing a testimony“. He listed off some of the different uses of “bearing”

1. bearing arms

2. bearing a burden

3. bearing a cross

As he read these, it struck me that we are really bearing only one thing at a time in this life. Perhaps we are bearing arms–holding a grudge against the world and hoping to get back at someone, or fight for what we think is ours. Or, maybe we’re bearing a burden–suffering through some trial or affliction. Maybe that burden has become a cross that we bear–something that is literally or figuratively killing us.

But we don’t have to bear any of these things if we are bearing a testimony. A testimony is a knowledge of God, gained by the power of the Holy Ghost. When we read from the scriptures, attend church, or pray to our Heavenly Father, He answers us by sending the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, to lift us up and to teach us what is true.

So if we turn to God with trust and if we continue to draw closer to Him, no matter what we have been bearing in the past, we can set aside that load and take up the lighter yoke of a testimony, something that will help us through this life and keep us close to our Savior and our Father.

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2 Responses to “What are we bearing?”

  1. Deb July 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Amen, Sis. Meaders! I love your blog posts…keep them coming. 😀
    (by the way…we miss U!!)

  2. zo-ma-rah July 24, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    This reminds me of when the followers of Alma, who broke away from Noah’s church, were under Lamanite rule. The lord made their burden’s light. By turning to Christ the hardships, and trials we bear will be made more…bearable.

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