A strong testimony can anchor us even in the most troubling of times. In his new book, Spiritually Anchored in Unsettled Times (Deseret Book, $17.95, Hardcover), Elder Bruce C. Hafen not only teaches those struggling to know if the church is true, but also shows Latter-day Saints how to build faith and confidence in the gospel.
Elder Hafen teaches us how it is equally important to both study things out in our minds, but also how to let feelings and experience confirm our reason. “Feelings alone can be too thin a reed to support a fully developed testimony. … Feelings, anchored and tethered by other important sources of knowledge, fit into the overall process of gaining and keeping a testimony,” Elder Hafen writes.
Elder Hafen uses practical, personal examples in a good-better-best sort of way to show readers the path to a strong foundation. He said a testimony is not just a warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s like a three-legged stool built of faith, experience, and reason. Without one leg, the stool will tumble.
In the book, Elder Hafen also explores the difference between just being active in the church and being a truly consecrated disciple of Christ. Through easy-to-understand steps, Elder Hafen shows disciples the journey they must take to be like – and with – their Master.
The book explores and illustrates how as we develop and mature spiritually, the doctrines seem more profound, more meaningful, and more sustaining. For a truly devoted disciple of Christ is always anchored with a strong, balanced testimony.