Witnesses of God – Mosiah 18:8-10

8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
(Mosiah 8:8-10)

One of the purposes of baptism is to make a public declaration of our faith. Little wonder then, that one of the promises we make at baptism is to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places.” I think it means that we no longer have the luxury of being bystanders when truth is under attack. We shouldn’t be obnoxious or overbearing about it, but our convictions can’t be a secret. As we engage in conversations throughout the day, we need to be willing to make our voices heard. Whether extroverts or introverts, we have a duty as disciples of Jesus Christ to defend the truth regardless of whether others ridicule or accept our words.
Today, I will stand as a witness of God at all times and places. I will speak out in defense of true principles, even if what I say is unpopular with the people around me.
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