In that moment, I was reminded of another time when the spirit testified to me of the truth of the words I was singing. I was about twelve years old, and I was attending Girl's Camp (a church summer camp for girls ages 12-18). At the end of our opening meeting, all of the young women at camp sang a hymn called "I Believe In Christ".
As I raised my voice in harmony with the other girls, I wondered to myself, "Do I really believe in Christ?"
I let that question dangle out there for a minute or two. Although I was in a room full of my peers, I felt completely alone with my thoughts, and therefore, I felt that I could be totally honest with myself. If my answer was ,"no, not really," I could accept that and then decide where I would go from there. But that was not the answer that came.
As I continued to sing the words of the song, the Spirit came suddenly, almost forcefully yet peacefully, testifying in the stillness of my heart that what I had long hoped was true about Jesus Christ was in fact true. I realized then that I really did believe in Jesus Christ.
I was moved to tears by this realization, which surprised me, because I had just been laughing and joking around moments earlier. That feeling of confirmation was so strong, that I have never forgotten it. It was an experience that planted within me the desire to know my Savior, Jesus Christ personally.