Apparently Jeff’s Deacon’s Quorum adviser had challenged all the boys to bear their testimonies in church today. I had no idea. Jeff went up to sit on the stand first, and then suddenly there was a whole flock of boys waiting their turn.
But I was absolutely floored by Jeff’s very original testimony. Brian and I sat down tonight to try and transcribe it, and this is the best we could do. He mumbled a lot, and would frequently stop mid-sentence to say “never mind” or “anyway,” so it was difficult to remember exactly what he said. But this is it — he stood so confidently at the pulpit, doing his best to mimic the adults he’d seen speaking in church.
I should also preface this by saying that Jeff has been reading a lot about WWI and the Manhattan Project.
“I want to talk about the war in Heaven and how it relates to WWI. In WWI it was like there was fighting for no reason. And in heaven it was like God let there be a war with Satan, even though he had all the nukes. God and Satan were fighting, and there were all these people, and we chose God’s way.
Now here is how it’s like World War I. Life today is like you are in the trenches, and it’s time to go over the top, and go through No Man’s Land. And God wants us to go through No Man’s Land. There’s barbed wire and mud and bullets and gas. You look and you’re trying to get to the enemy trenches ahead. And you look to the left and there are guys falling down and getting shot. And you look to the right and it’s just the same, except there is a tank. And the tank is Jesus.”
Around this point Jeff realized that he had spoken long enough and closed his testimony in the traditional way.
In case you’re wondering, yes I did give Jeff about a million hugs afterwards. Love that guy.