Today was Fast and Testimony Meeting, and of course among all the testimonies borne in our ward , there were many statements along the lines of â€œI know the church is true,â€ â€œI know the Book of Mormon,â€ and the like.
It seems to me though that people making these statements do so thinking the statements mean something they donâ€™t or they are trying to convey a message that isnâ€™t actually covered by such statements.
When you look up the word â€œtrueâ€ in the dictionary, the definitions you get back are such as â€œnot false; real; accurate; authentic.â€
Consider the rewriting of the statement â€œI know the church is trueâ€ with those definitions:
- I know the church is not false
- I know the church is real
- I know the church is accurate
- I know the church is authentic
None of these statements are that meaningful. The church is not false. Whoop-de-doo. The church is real; every church is real. The church is accurate; accurate about what? The church is authentic; Christians around the world have authentic spiritual experiences.
Why then use a statement that has no clear meaning and seems so empty? What are some alternative you might ask?
How about â€œI know the church is lead by authority and revelationâ€? Or â€œI know the church has all the ordinances necessary for exaltationâ€? Or â€œI know the church is personally led by the Saviourâ€?
I believe if members of the Church sincerely pondered what the church means to them, they would find statements of affirmation that would actually resonate with others, and perhaps fast and testimony meetings wouldnâ€™t seem so empty and superficial.