In our testimony meeting today, a visitor mildly scolded our ward for a minute-plus silence between testimonies. A few testimonies later, another woman began hers saying, “I haven’t borne my testimony in a really long time, but that long gap made me feel I should share my testimony today. So I guess long silences are good for something.”
I believe our Fast and Testimony Meetings would be more uplifting if the conducting member of the bishopric, at the conclusion of his testimony when he invites the members to share theirs, routinely said, “We especially encourage those of you who have not shared your testimonies in a while to do so today.” Prompting the reluctant to come forward would hopefully remind the talkers to take turns. It would help, too, if it were widely known that each ward has only 420 minutes for congretinoal testimony-sharing each year, and that divided by the number of adults in a typical ward, that figures out to be 2 or 3 minutes per adult per year. Use your minutes.