On my way home from work last night I started thinking a little bit about testimony meeting. Testimony is meant for ensuring others of the truth as witnesses see it. If you've ever been to a Mormon testimony meeting, you realize right away that the testimonies given there don't resemble the testimony given at a trial.
Imagine this witness stand scene on Law & Order:
Attorney: Where were you on the night of the 15th?
Witness: I was at church.
A: Did you see the accused stealing the car in the parking lot?
W: I testify with every fiber of my being that I saw the accused open up the door of the car and steal the car. He must be less-active.
After all, it is the testimony itself, the facts presented, along with the corroboration of other unrelated witnesses, that convince the Judge and the jury of the veracity of the testimony being given, it isn't whether the witness says, with every fiber of my being.
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