A few months ago Tracen went with Luke to a baptism. At the baptism they passed out cards for the people who attended to write down their testimony on. Tracen asked what a testimony was, and Luke told him it was what he knew was true. It made sense to Tracen and he wrote down a simple testimony about God living or loving us. Testimony has been a hot topic in our house ever since.
Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting at church and Tracen wanted so badly to go up and share his testimony with everyone. He wrestled with the idea the whole meeting and then finally got the courage to go, and went to talk to Luke about it, Luke told him that if he wanted to go he had to be able to do it by himself. Tracen was the final testimony of the meeting. He proudly walked up to the pulpit, grabbed the mic and placed it right in front of his mouth and bore the sweetest most sincere testimony. It really is HIS testimony, it is the things that he knows and believes and things that I have tried to teach him, but I never have I told him that those things should be his testimony too.
After Sacrament I quickly wrote in my notes on my phone so I wouldn't forget:
"Tracen bore his testimony today, by himself, in sacrament meeting. He has been asking and telling us what his testimony is and really wanted to go up and share it with everyone. It was simple but so heartfelt. He testified that he knows God lives and that he blesses us everyday. He testified that God loves us and loves everyone on this earth and that we will see him again one day and meet him. And he said once more that God loves us. What spirit he brought to my heart and I am so proud of him and feel so lucky to be his Mom."
When he came to sit down, Rai looked at him proudly and said, "Wow Tracen, you are so lucky!" It was so cute and he sure admires his older brother.
He received so many compliments and comments regarding his testimony for the rest of church. Brother Toronto who was sitting beside us shook his hand and said, "You know what I liked best about your testimony was that someone who was at church today really needed to hear exactly what you said". Later at home we had the doorbell ring, and the Bishop came and said, "I just wanted to shake your hand".
I often feel this burden on my shoulders of all the things that need to do to teach my kids everything, but I promise they come with their hearts burning of truth and can recognize it in their lives. They are sponges for it, and they are taught best by the spirit and by love, and I just really need to foster that spirit and love and they will know.