Testimonials widget not appearing

I have not yet made any customizations to the site yet but installed the theme, companion plugins, etc etc as instructed and was just going through everything when I realized while I can see the “testimonials” plugin in my widget area, and add it to the homepage…it never appears when I view the site! I have been reading of others having this issue and all the “fixes” that were mentioned I have already tried / already done. Seems like there must be a bug in the theme? Please advise.

issue resolved - just figured it out, I did not have jetpack configured correctly!