How Do I Know if I Know? is a book by John Bytheway (so you already know it’s going to be good, right?) about how we know when we have a testimony.
I know I definitely felt this way as a teenager – how do I know when I have my own testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Is there a moment? Is it gradual? How do I know when I’m no longer relying on what my parents believe and when I know for myself?
This is a very common question that John Bytheway addresses in his book. Often we don’t realize that we actually know the Church is true and may doubt that we don’t know. John Bytheway gives us four different things that fuel our testimony. Using an example of a light dimmer, he uses feelings, experiences, evidences, and logic as sources that make our light shine bright. As we don’t all feel the spirit and inspiration the same way, he explores lots of different examples to help you know if you know. I love that he says that his book is to help us remember experiences and not trying to convince us that we have a testimony.
I love that in the second chapter about feelings, Bytheway answers the question if the Spirit makes you cry. I wish I had read this book as a teenager. I am not a very emotional person and NEVER cried when I felt the Spirit (I do more now – I think it’s from having children…). I was the one girl who wasn’t bawling her eyes out during our Girls Camp testimony meeting. I always felt embarrassed because I knew I was feeling the Spirit, but just didn’t express it the same way as everyone else so I didn’t think I felt it as deeply as everyone else. Bytheway explains that The Spirit and strong emotion are not the same thing. “Sometimes they accompany one another, and sometimes they do not.” I love that.
This is a great book for those who don’t know if they have a testimony yet and even for those who know they do. It’s a good reminder to recognize when we feel the Spirit and all the different ways that the Spirit touches us. And John Bytheway writes in a way that it feels like he’s chatting with you. It’s great! You want to read what he has to say because it feels sincere and that he really wants you to know what he knows. I definitely recommend this book!
You can find How Do I Know if I Know? at Deseret Book.
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