“Pure Testimony”

K. Douglas Bassett
“Those who have prepared carefully for the fast and testimony meeting won’t … give sermons nor exhortations nor travel reports nor try to entertain as they bear witness. Because they will have already expressed appreciation to people privately, they will have less need to do it publicly. Neither will they feel a need to use eloquent language or to go on at length. A testimony is a simple expression of what we feel … . Even a child can feel such things, … and our preparation of fasting and prayer produces in us child-like feelings. That preparation for the fast and testimony meeting is a covenant obligation for members of the Church.” (Henry B. Erying, Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 32)
“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 12)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon