BYU-Idaho's devotional speaker shared strong, personal testimony of Jesus Christ during the devotional on January 17, 2017.
Bonnie Moon, who is a faculty member in the Mathematics Department at BYU-Idaho, shared personal stories of how she has gained her testimony. One story was about her mother trying to catch fish in a bucket full of water, but empty of fish. "To catch fish, you must fish where fish live," she said. "To find Christ we must fish in the rivers of living waters. There is no need to fish in empty buckets. We can find Christ in our scriptures, in words of latter-day prophets and in personal revelation through the gifts of the Spirit."
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, she told us when she was asked to give a devotional talk she immediately knew she wanted to talk about her testimony of Christ. She told us what she did next, "I just started keeping notes for four months," she said. "So they did give me some time beforehand to think about this. And I just kept notes and I listened and just observed and studied and just lots of things came together. I think the main think I really wanted to emphasize was my love for the students and I wanted them to feel that. I wanted them to feel Jesus Christs' love for them and I was hoping somehow to share stories or share things that would help them feel Heavenly Father's love for them and the Savior's love for them. So I just kept my eyes and ears open for impressions about that."
She also taught three principles of how she gained a personal testimony: the scriptures lead to the path home and through them we can come to know our Redeemer; the scriptures empower faithful men and women to stand as witnesses of Christ and proclaim with their lives, "He lives"; and the scriptures saved my life and renewed my own hope and joy in the truth that my Redeemer lives.
Another story she told was a time in her life when she was on medical leave from work because of a collapsed lung and was in a state of depression, "I felt broken," she said. "It was more than just being anxious or downhearted. I lost my appetite. I no longer wanted to participate in daily activities. The depression finally became so debilitating I had to take medical leave from work. Sleep escaped me and magnified the intensity of the darkness. I began to worry for my life as I lost almost 30 pounds in one month."
She turned to the scriptures and General Conference talks for answers. A friend also shared a Book of Mormon scripture that changed her perspective. In 1 Nephi 21:16 it says, "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands: the walls are continually before me."
"To know that He had already graven me upon the palms of His hands helped me see that I was not forgotten," she said. "He knew me. Christ had already carried this burden for me. This truth seared deep into my soul."
She started to memorize scriptures to help her like friends and came out of her depression and returned to work.
Listen to her devotional talk below.