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By Lara Goold
Scriptures, pieces of candy (or other small treat), glove.
A page of quotes from the Ensign have been included for you to study in preparation for teachingthis lesson.
To teach family members the importance of having their own testimonies of the gospel and ways that theycan develop their own.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, inthe name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent,having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Opening song and prayer:
Search, Ponder, and Pray
”, Children’s Songbook
, page 109
Begin with a family discussion. Talk about family business or ask the children about their weeks.Listen to a few comments and then say,
Just a minute, I
ve got this really good candy that I want to eat.
Eat a piece of candy and tell them how good it is
really play it up. Then ask them to continue abouttheir week. Stop them again and do the candy thing over. Say,
This candy is so good, I just need to eatanother piece.
Then ask them who believes that the candy tastes good. Invite someone to come up andhave a piece of candy with you. Ask the child if the candy was good. Then, ask if your family believesboth of you that the candy is good. Then, give everybody a piece of candy and ask them to eat it. Afterthey eat, ask them if they think it was a good piece of candy. Then ask which they like better
havingyou tell them that the candy was good or tasting it for themselves.
Tie the candy experience into having a testimony. We can listen to our parents, primary teachers,and other leaders tell us that the church is true, but just like with the candy, it is so much sweeter when wegain our own testimonies.
What is a testimony?
A testimony is a spiritual witness given by theHoly Ghost.The foundation of atestimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves His children; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infiniteAtonement;that Joseph Smithis the prophet of
God who was called to restore the gospel; that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is theSavior's true Church on the earth; and that the Church is led by a livingprophet today. With this foundation, a testimony grows to include all principles of the gospel.
How can we gain a testimony?
Write the underlined words down on a chalkboard (or piece of paper).1. First you must
one2. We must
our Heavenly Father to help us gain a testimony.3. We must want a testimony enough that we are willing to
to gain one.4. We will
our testimony as we study and increase in our knowledge of the truth.5. We must
for our testimony by keeping the commandments of our Heavenly Father.
with accompanying visuals about gaining and taking care of a testimony.