I Testify of Him

“I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit! Man may deceive his fellow-men, deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind. The assurance that we were in the presence of an angel, the certainty that we heard the voice of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it flowed from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God, is to me past description, and I shall ever look upon this expression of the Savior’s goodness with wonder and thanksgiving while I am permitted to tarry; and in those mansions where perfection dwells and sin never comes, I hope to adore in that day which shall never cease.”  (Joseph Smith History, Messenger and Advocate, vol. 1 (October 1834), pp. 14–16.)

The LDS church just finished its 184th Annual General Conference this weekend, on the Savior’s earthly birthday. Millions of Mormons (and likely a few interested non-members and anti-Mormons) gathered around their TV sets, radios, computers, and stake center satellites to hear the words of those regarded by the LDS church as prophets, seers, and revelators. Inevitably, every conference will spark rumors and speculation about who has or has not actually seen the Lord, and whether or not their words spoken in this or any other conference alluded to an admission. When nothing certain is found in their talks – but only vague statements containing the words “believe”, “like”, “as if”, etc., members will excuse the lack of boldness by saying that it’s “too sacred to talk about”. Well it didn’t used to be “too sacred to talk about”. In fact, I am not aware of anything more than the traditions of men (or women) based upon fear, that make that claim.

I am not in a position to state unequivocally that these men have not seen the Lord, but I also cannot determine by their words that they have. And I do not excuse a person’s lack of testimony by claiming that it’s “too sacred to talk about” – or rather, too sacred to simply admit. Testifying of Christ is something that we should do openly and without fear. Though there may be details relating to these experiences that should not be shared publicly, testifying that one has seen Christ is something that we’ve been shown by example throughout the scriptures and throughout history that WE SHOULD  be doing – in order to bring others to Him.

The LDS church website explains this when introducing the Book of Mormon to websiste visitors:Image 001

The people in the Book of Mormon, the Nephites and the Lamanites, recorded their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Many of the prophets who wrote the records that make up the Book of Mormon saw Christ personally, just as happened with the Apostle Paul, which he recorded in the Bible (see Acts 9:3-6). The climax of the book is when Jesus appeared to all the Nephites soon after He was resurrected. He blessed them, taught them his gospel and said,

“Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14).

The brother of Jared gave us this account in the book of Ether:

And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.

And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?

And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.

And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?

And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.

And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?

And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.

And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.  (Ether 3:6-13, emphasis added.)

Joseph Smith testified of one of many visitations from both the Father and the Son via vision, here:

“When the light rested upon me I saw  two personages (whose brightness and glory defy all description) standing above me in the air.  One of <them> spake unto me calling me by name and said (pointing to the other) “This is my  beloved Son, Hear him.”” (Taken from the 1839 account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, emphasis added.)

A myriad of other first-hand experiences with the Lord can be found throughout the Book of Mormon, as well as the other scriptures canonized by the church, early church history documentation and personal journals, etc. D&C 76 records the open simultaneous visions of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon as the Lord spoke to them together. It was not entirely uncommon for members of early LDS congregations to testify in meetings, of visions and visitations with the resurrected Jesus.

Testimonies and witnesses of the Savior can also be found in many sources outside of the church (after all, He doesn’t just visit the Mormons). I found this interesting website created specifically for Christians of all faiths to testify of their experiences with Jesus: http://www.testimonyshare.com/

My friend Dan Rogers was told by the Lord to share his experience and testimony. He boldly testifies of his first-hand KNOWLEDGE of the Savior on his blog http://thesecondcomforter.com/, here:

“On April 14, 2012, I was carried away into the heavenly temple.  I shook the hand of the angel that was my guide.  I saw and heard the Father and the Son speak to me.  This experience involved sight, touch, sound, and smell.  It was as real as anything I have experienced in my day-to-day life, only the glory and intelligence conveyed is indescribable.  This was not my last encounter beyond the veil.

I am a witness that Jesus Christ lives.  He is a real, knowable person.

If you seek and accept His messengers to prepare the way, He will come suddenly to His temple and reveal to you His glorious body of burnings.  He is talkative.  He wants to know you more than you want to know Him.  I know this because I have experienced this as a man speaks to another.

Jesus Christ is the Second Comforter. He literally came to me and has comforted me.

This is not a full statement of my witness.  I share my testimony so that you may know that Christ lives and His work is to save imperfect people.  I hope that this testimony will allow you to exercise faith enough to lay hold on these blessings.” (Dan Rogers)

These are not the veiled, wishy-washy words of someone who simply wishes to imply they have seen the Savior. This is the testimony of someone who truly experienced it and is unashamed to share – as the Lord told him to.

Denver C. Snuffer – author of “The Second Comforter, Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil“, has also openly testified that he is a true witness of the Lord, and has publicly shared a few of his experiences. (If you haven’t seen it yet, Bro. Snuffer’s blog can be found here: http://denversnuffer.blogspot.com/) I have learned a lot from this man, and he was one of the first who taught me that I could (and should) literally meet my Savior IN THIS LIFETIME.

I’ve mentioned on my blog in a couple of other posts that I have seen the Savior – more than once. I want to fervidly testify of my Savior and echo what others have said – that He lives, and He is waiting for us to cast off our doubt and unbelief and welcome Him. I HAVE SEEN  HIM!

If you refer back to the scriptures posted above, Ether 3:6-13 shows us that because the brother of Jared INVITED the Lord to be there and had unwavering faith, that the Lord could not withhold Himself from being seen. He first saw the finger of the Lord, and then impelled Him, “show thyself unto me“.  The brother of Jared fulfilled the law that evoked the blessing that brought the Lord into his presence. We ALL have the same opportunity and invitation to compel the Lord to visit with us in this lifetime as we fulfill those things that will enable us to be in His presence!

The Lord is a kind, loving, humorous, charitable, understanding man. As Dan said, “He is a real, knowable person…  He is talkative.  He wants to know you more than you want to know Him.”

This echoes what I have learned about Him too. The second time I saw the Savior, I was met by an angel, who then brought me to the Lord and introduced me to Him. He was filled with the same love and kindness I remembered from the first time I was in His presence – as I knelt and prayed at His feet.  He laughed and joked with me – like you would expect your favorite older brother to interact with you.

I saw a video posted on Facebook today (one of the few redeeming things I’ve seen posted on Facebook), that instantly brought me to tears. This video shows what the Lord is like – the way He interacted with me.  THIS is what He was like in the experience I described above. I’ll leave the video posted below for everyone to enjoy, and reiterate my testimony of Him – He loves us, and wants us to know Him in THIS lifetime. There is nobody on this earth – no matter your sins, transgressions, afflictions, struggles, or weaknesses, that He doesn’t love, and that He would be unwilling to know. He is waiting for us to reach out to Him with faith and belief that He’ll take our hand. I testify of these things in His name, Amen.

 

41 thoughts on “I Testify of Him

  1. This is awesome. And thanks for the video. I saw it on FB too but thought it was intended to mock, so I turned it off prematurely. Watching it here had me laughing out loud, especially the wedding scene. Love it! Thank you for sharing – all of this! 🙂

      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the video Jen! I think we all have had such a distorted understanding of the Lord – maybe that’s one reason we don’t see Him – we are looking for something else?

  2. The Savior said, speaking to the great number of people who were in the land Bountiful following His resurrection:

    “And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am.” 3Nephi 12:2

    My beloved sister Jules, thank you for your testimony of Christ! I do believe your words and testimony.

    1. Thank you for this SeanBoy! Your comment made me think of this:

      13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

      14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.

      Blessed are YOU for believing the testimonies of Christ and come to Him! 🙂

  3. Like always your post has deeply touched me. As I was reading it, a desire came to me to have the opportunity to sit in a congregation on a Fast Sunday and have the bearers of these (yours, Denver’s, Dan’s, and others) testimonies offer up these types of witnesses, TRUE witnesses of the Savior. Can you imagine? I can truly imagine it and my soul just craves it!!

    1. I would SOOO love this too! The closest I’ve come to this is sharing the Lord’s Supper with some friends as we have sat and studied the Gospel and had the chance to testify to each other. I’ve witnessed angels and other heavenly beings joining us during these gatherings. How amazing it would be if church was uplifting and edifying that way! And how sad that it’s not socially acceptable anymore to get up in sacrament and truly testify of our Lord!

  4. Jules thank you for your testimony and the most uplifting video I have seen, I needed that and I think your incredible.

  5. The appearance of 3 Nephi 12 the Lord tells the people what to do after they had seen Him.

    2 And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall TESTIFY that YE HAVE SEEN ME, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in yourwords, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins. (3 Nephi 12)

    Also other places…

    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched…WE PROCLAIM to you what we have SEEN and heard” (1 John 1:1,3)

    In the Joseph smith Papers:

    We have work to do, that no other man can do. You must proclaim the Gospel in its simplicity and purity. and we commend you to God and the word of his grace. You have our best wishes, you have our most fervent prayers, that YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR THIS TESTIMONY, THAT YOU HAVE SEEN THE FACE OF GOD. Therefore, call upon him in faith and mighty prayer, till you prevail, for it your DUTY and your privelege to bear such testimony for yourselves. We now exhort you to be FAITHFUL TO YOUR CALLING, there must be no lack here. You must fulfil in all things, and permit is us to repeat, all nations have a claim on you. You are bound together as the three wit nesses were. You, notwithstanding can part & meet & meet and part again till your heads are silvered o[v]er with age. (Joseph Smith Papers, Minute Book 1, 12 Feb. 1834, 27–29., here)

    Did you read what was said? They are SUPPOSED to bear testimony if they have it. But first they must receive it. IT IS THEIR DUTY! By not doing so you are NOT magnifying your calling IF you have it. And if you don’t you must gain it to magnify their calling. Joseph smith also called 12 apostles who had not received this testimony yet. they were allowed to not have it and still be called to the 12, they were meant to receive it however and testify of it when they did. But as Oliver Cowdery has sateted “their ordinations are not complete until God has laid His hands on their head”.

    1. T, This is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for adding this! (I should have you writing my blog posts…. 😉 ). I hope you’ll continue to comment – I truly appreciate your insight!

  6. That was cool. My favorite is the garbage truck. He is a real man. I can relate to that kind of Jesus. Nothing is beneath Him.

    1. Bill, you’re awesome BTW! Yes – “real man”. I love this. Truly nothing is beneath Him – no form of service or encouragement or show of love!

  7. I recently discovered your blog and it has already been such a blessing and tender mercy in my life. Thank you for sharing your witness of the Savior and for that video. It brought such warmth to my heart. I was wondering though if there is any way to contact you privately via email? I don’t see an option for that anywhere on your blog. Thanks again for your powerful testimony.

  8. Thank you for putting it in words that cannot be construed in another way. I wish this were always the case with “testimonies” of Christ.

  9. Jules, I just love the feeling of that video. Thank you for posting it, and also your boldness in stating your testimony.

  10. Thank you for the post. I too have come across your blog recently and wanted to know if you had an email that I could send questions to?

  11. I absolutely love your testimony, it rings so true.
    When I stood before the Saviour, I couldn’t understand how He could be so happy with me even though He could see all my sins, and there is no way, absolutely no way to describe the intensity of Love that radiates from that man.
    Thank-you for sharing!

    1. Joseph – Wow!! Thank you for your added witness and testimony! Have you written publicly about your experience? If so, I’d love to read about it! Yes – the Savior’s love for is is certainly nothing like the “conditional love” we are used to here among us – even in the most pure and loving of relationships. I pray I’ll be able to become what He is and learn to love others the way He loves us all!

      1. Hello Jules, Thank-you for your kind response. I have only recently began blogging about some of my experiences, and have only written out a few so far. My blog is at josephrockwell13@blogspot.ca My audience is mostly my family and friends and those with whom I associate locally, so some of my posts may seem a bit obscure at times, especially since I do occasionally address issues and questions that arise locally and address them in that context. I do hope you will take a look and perhaps leave a comment or two.

          1. So grateful to have found both of your blogs. I prayed to find more witnesses, and more I could begin to associate with who believe in these things. So thankful for you both for sharing.

  12. I have conciously begun my journey to personally know my Savior and receive His testimony. I am encouraged by your testimony and hope to be able to testify of the same. Thank you for your courage to share sacred things.

  13. Blessings on you, Jules, for sharing something sweet and true and profound with us. I love the video. It reminds me of a Sunday morning several years ago when I was welcoming our high priest group to our quorum meeting. Referring to projects we’d participated in the previous day of helping someone move and pitching in to help rake leaves at several homes I felt impressed to compliment and encourage our continued service by saying, “Jesus is a mover and a leaf raker!” I hadn’t seen him but I knew with a certainty that he is a joyful doer of good works.

  14. Jules, thank you.

    And if anything, Jesus is MORE involved than that video shows, for His works never cease, and His words never cease. He is always, always calling out to us, speaking to us, reaching out to us. Constantly. Beautifully. The times when I can tune into His frequency are the. best. ever. 🙂

  15. I need to hear this testimony! It’s real, authentic, not coerced, genuine, not disguised, not implied, sealed by the Holy Ghost. I know you speak TRUTH. Why this testimony is not found in the 15 is scary.
    So glad I have been brought to you and others. My new path is before me. This is going to end up interesting but I have no fear. Thank you for honesty and integrity. Can’t wait to hear more from you.
    Much love and respect-
    Toby

  16. Jules… Last night I clicked a link from LDSFF but didn’t get to it till I got home from work this very evening. Your testimony here was it. I’ve been in the dumps of late and this morning I had prayed to know how the Savior sees me. I’ve heard we need to see ourselves like He does… anyway His answer was that He would show me. I loved your blog post and the video. Thankful for it I was impressed to seek the Lord in prayer and as I did so He gave me ‘knowledge’ that this video representation shows how He sees me…. and well, everyone. I went from crying to laughing for minutes. I had NEVER laughed in prayer before and it felt like He was laughing with me. I can’t even describe it. I believe your witness that the video reminds you of Him.

    A ‘thank you’ seems so small,… but thanks. This was a major breakthrough for me.

    1. Rodney – this is so awesome! Praying to know how the Savior sees you…. most people I know are too afraid to do that and fear that He might see them the way they see themselves or the way others do. I know what you mean about going from crying to laughing during prayer. One thing I’ve learned is that talking to the Lord really IS like talking with our best friend – He doesn’t talk with us like a prayer in conference, He really does laugh WITH us and cry WITH us and He really will come “hang out” with us and comfort us. Thank you for sharing your experience, it makes me so happy for you – that you experienced that breakthrough and such a cool answer to your specific prayer! 🙂

  17. Jules,
    Thank you for sharing. I haven’t read any other posts yet, but I am curious about how you felt along the path. Did you ever feel overwhelmed or feel like the day will never come? I’m 25 and looking at it like, “it may take me 40+ years…” and in this moment it feels almost unobtainable.

    Have you written about this?

    Loved this post. It gave me hope.

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