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Testimony FHE Lesson

Testimony FHE Lesson

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Published by Lara Goold
A ready-to-print lesson designed to teach family members the importance of having their own testimonies of the gospel and ways that they can develop their own.
Lesson is in full-color and is ready to print, cut, and use!
A ready-to-print lesson designed to teach family members the importance of having their own testimonies of the gospel and ways that they can develop their own.
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Published by: Lara Goold on Feb 15, 2010
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For more ready-to-print FHE lessons visithttp://thegoldenseven.blogspot.com.
Testimony
By Lara Goold
 
Materials needed:
Scriptures, pieces of candy (or other small treat), glove.
Parental Preparation:
A page of quotes from the Ensign have been included for you to study in preparation for teachingthis lesson.
Purpose:
To teach family members the importance of having their own testimonies of the gospel and ways that theycan develop their own.
Scriptures:
 
 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.
 
Moroni 10:4
 
Opening song and prayer:
Search, Ponder, and Pray
”, Children’s Songbook 
, page 109
Attention Activity:
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.
 Relate:
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.
Lesson:
 
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.
From lds.org
 How can we gain a testimony?
Write the underlined words down on a chalkboard (or piece of paper).1. First you must
WANT
one2. We must
ASK
our Heavenly Father to help us gain a testimony.3. We must want a testimony enough that we are willing to
WORK
to gain one.4. We will
ENJOY
our testimony as we study and increase in our knowledge of the truth.5. We must
CARE
for our testimony by keeping the commandments of our Heavenly Father.
Read
“ 
Tomato Seeds
” 
 
with accompanying visuals about gaining and taking care of a testimony.
 
For more ready-to-print FHE lessons visithttp://thegoldenseven.blogspot.com.
Why do I need a testimony?
(Boy and armor): Using the boy, armor, and accompanying sheet,teach your family about the protection from sin that having a testimony offers.
What should our testimony consist of?
Use the testimony glove activity to teach your family about thefive essential parts of a testimony and how that can help them as they bear their testimonies.
Why should we bear our testimonies?
We should bear our testimonies when the Holy Ghost prompts usto. Our testimonies are strengthened when we bear them. We should remember the five essential parts of a testimony (from the glove activity) and keep our testimonies short and simple. You do not need to waitfor fast and testimony meetings to share your testimony. You can write it out in your journal, share itprivately with your parents, or to your whole family in family home evening.
Activities:Testimony Wheel
: Use it to review what you
ve learned about testimonies and maybe keep it in yourSunday bag as a quiet activity during church.
Enrichment/Challenge:
 
 Family testimony meeting:
As the spirit guides, bear your testimony to your children. Encourage, but donot force, them to do likewise. In our family, we have found that it takes the pressure off them if you ask them to share something meaningful that has happened to them or something significant that they havelearned at church. For our children, who are a little on the shy side, it gives them a starting place and wehave been amazed at the profound thoughts they have shared with us
 — 
thoughts I
m not sure we wouldhave heard had we just insisted that they bear their testimony.
 Additional scriptures:
D & C 62:3, Ether 4:11,
 Faith Journals:
Provide notebooks and pens and encourage the children to use it as a place to recordtimes when they
ve felt the spirit in their lives. This can be a great way for them to record instances thathave strengthened their testimonies and give them a private place to record their testimonies.
 Plant seeds:
Like Adam in the story,
Tomato Seeds,
plant seeds and be willing to follow through withnourishing them and helping them to grow, while reminding them of how it relates to nourishing ourtestimonies.
Closing song and prayer:
 I Know My Father Lives
”,
 
Children’s Songbook 
, page 5
 Refreshments:
see below for a fun treat recipe.
 
For more ready-to-print FHE lessons visithttp://thegoldenseven.blogspot.com.
Testimony Cookies
 
2/3 cup
shortening
1/2 cup
sugar
 1/2 cup
brown sugar
 1
egg
 1 tsp.
vanilla extract
 1-1/2 cup
flour
 1/2 tsp.
baking soda
 1/2 tsp.
salt
 2 cups (12-oz.)
semisweet chocolate chips
 In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, bakingsoda, and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Add chocolate chips.Shape into 1-inch balls and place 2-inches apart on greased baking sheets Bake at 350° for 8-10minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before removing from baking sheet. Enjoy!**************************************************************************FLOUR: is like the scriptures, providing a strong foundation for our testimoniesBAKING SODA: is like bearing our testimonies. When we bear our testimony to others, it helpsour testimony to rise.SALT: is like service to others. Sometimes our small acts of service don
t seem like much, but if they
re missing, their absence is greatly noticed.SUGAR: is like our families, providing
sweet
love in our lives fo that our testimonies can grow.EGGS: are like faith. Believing in something we can
t see, like believing that there will be ayellow yolk inside each egg, is an important part of our testimonies.BUTTER/SHORTENING: is like prayer, it makes everything smoother in our lives.VANILLA: is like church attendance. Worshipping with our friends allows us opportunities toshare our talents and experiences, thus adding extra
flavor
to our testimonies.CHOCOLATE CHIPS: are like the blessings we receive from living the gospel.
As you mix the ingredients together, explain to the children that by having and using all of the ingredients inour lives (scriptures, bearing testimonies, service, family, love, faith, prayer, and church attendance), we canenjoy the many blessings of the gospel. As you pass out the cookies, talk about how much sweeter thesecookies are when you share them instead of keeping them to yourself.

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