hey - you did it! Well - not exactly, but giving me the clue to look in the theme functions file showed me that there is also a shortcodes file. First, I looked in the testimonials php file (the one that came with the template). It mentions code for a sidebar (which is where I'm trying to put them), but the template doesn't come with the testimonials in any sidebar, so I couldn't figure out how to get it there. When I looked in the shortcodes file, there was already code in there for recent testimonials - the one that came with the template. It tells you the function shortcode for recent testimonials. So I created a 2nd column and added that shortcode to the right column, and voila! The original testimonials showed up! Soo - I guess I don't need to use your testimonial widget. :-( I'll keep it in mind though - that's for sure! Here is the page if you're interested in seeing the results. http://www.48hourretreat.com/the-book/
In any case, your hints got me there and now I think you're a genious! Thank you.