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Year 02 / Lesson 33: Gaining and Bearing Your Testimony

8.13.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 240: Jesus the Christ, GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith,  GAB 137: Thomas S. Monson, scissors, stapler, coloring tools.


Scripture: D&C 62:3 - Ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven.

Opening Song: I Know My Father Lives - PCS #5

Lesson:

- Have you seen other kids bearing their testimonies during sacrament meeting?
- Why do you think they bear their testimony?

A testimony is telling other people what you know is true.  Sharing our testimony makes our own testimony stronger and helps others; testimonies to grow to.  When we tell people what we know is true the Holy Ghost can whisper to their hearts and tell them what we are saying is true.

Missionaries bear their testimonies each and every day...many times!  Sometimes we have opportunities to bear our testimonies to others.  We can share our testimonies at any time we feel it is right and when we feel the Spirit prompt us. 

We have a special Sacrament Meeting on one Sunday each month called Fast & Testimony Meeting.  This is a time specifically set aside for Ward members to share their testimonies with each other.

Testimonies can be about anything that is a part of the Gospel. But we should always try and talk about important things like...

(display the accompanying pictures as you name testimony parts)


Heavenly Father lives. 
Jesus Christ is the Savior. (display GAK 240: Jesus the Christ)
Joseph Smith is a prophet. (display GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith)
The Book of Mormon is the word of God. (display a Book of Mormon)
The church is true. 
There is a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. (display GAB 137: Thomas S. Monson)

Sometimes you may hear people make jokes in their testimony. This is not appropriate. It is hard for others to feel the Spirit when we joke.  Sometime people cry when they bear their testimony. People cry because they feel so happy and so loved. It's okay to cry when bearing our testimonies.

No matter what you bear your testimony about you should always close by saying, In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.  Just the same way you close a prayer.

Let's practice!  (Let each child wear the glove and practice bearing their testimony in front of the family.)

See how easy that was?  Bearing testimony in front of a lot of people can sometimes be scary. But when you bear your testimony you can feel the Spirit. Remember that the more you share your testimony, the stronger it grows! 

Bear your testimony about the power of sharing your testimony.   If you don't bear your testimony often in church you may make a goal to share it in your next Testimony Meeting.  This sets a good example for children, helps them hear your testimony and can help children feel less nervous about sharing their own testimony.  If you feel nervous you might share your goal with your family and ask for their support and encouragement.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: 

FOR SMALL CHILDREN // Testimonies Bitty Book
- Print a book for each child
- Have children color pictures.
- Cut out each page and staple along edge to form book.
- Children may use book to practice and may take book to next Testimony Meeting to review before bearing their testimony.

A free Mini Bok teaching kids about the parts of a Testimony.  Have kids color the pages, cut out, and staple together.  Great for Family Homne Evening or a quiet Sacrament Meeting activity.  #lds #coloring#


FOR OLDER CHILDREN // Testimonies Letter Search (from The Friend magazine)

FOR TEENS & ADULTS // Testimony Study Guide and Goal Sheet
Have teens and adults in the family read this article and write a Testimony goal in the bottom portion where indicated.


A free printable of an article from the New Era magazine that etaches teens how to acquire a testimony. Includes a space at the bottom for writing in a goal to strengthen your testimony.  #LDS #testimony

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A Year of FHE // a Family Home Evening all about Gaining and SHaring a Testimony! Includes a scripture, song, lesson and activites for young kids, older kids, and teens!  #LDS #Testimony

27 Way Righteous Comments:

Heather H said...

Thank you! We are going to do use it tonight!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I love the free printable and the well thought out lessons.

Julee said...

Thanks so much! We did this lesson tonight and got our newly baptized 8 year old to bear his testimony :)

Stacey said...

My 3 year old loved bearing his testimony last night just like mom and dad :) And every week he gets so excited to color a new picture. Thank you!

Danette said...

I am so glad I found your blog! It's just what I need!

Anonymous said...

I like that they are written for younger children. My kids are the same ages as yours. Most of the lessons that I find are geared towards older families. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, we plan on doing this lesson tonight and even practice with a real microphone. The coloring page is perfect.

Sharon said...

I'm so glad I found this site. I'm not creative enough to come up with fhe's on my own. I have been wanting to have an fhe on testimony for my kids so that when they get up to bear their testimonies they know they purpose behind it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your hard work..We Plan to use this tonight and lots of other lessons in the future!

simplyfunlady said...

I love love love your blog! What a fun FHE lesson! I can't wait to do this with my kids! They will love it! Question: you mention a glove, "Let's practice! (Let each child wear the glove and practice bearing their testimony in front of the family.)" but I don't see mention of it anywhere else. Is there a glove that we are supposed to have?! Thanks!

erin anderson said...

I am doing this tonight! I love how your lesson points out that it isn't appropriate to tell jokes during a testimony. I would have never thought to say that but it is such a good point! =)

Christensen Kids said...

This is a great idea. We are using tonight as well. Thank you!

Ryan and Michelle said...

@simplyfunlady. I'm wondering if she is referring to this glove activity from the Friend http://www.lds.org/Static%20Files/PDF/Magazines/Friend/English/2008/FR_2008_10_14___02270_000_017.pdf?lang=eng

Kelsey said...

Thank you! Want to use it tonight!

Matt and Haley said...

Love the book! It's just what I was looking for.

Anonymous said...

The book is perfect for my little kids.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! My daughter requested a lesson on how to bear testimony and this is the perfect level for her to understand it. And the younger kids will love the coloring project at the end.

Halle said...

You have the best ideas and lessons! I tried to look on Pinterest but the good ones cost money! Thank you so much!

Emily Earl said...
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Emily Earl said...

D&C 62:3 is one of my favorite scriptures about testimony.

Megan said...

I love your cute printable at the end! I'm excited to do this lesson with my kids. Thanks for all the effort you put into this website and for making your resources available!

swalberg said...

just found your site! thanks for all your hard work and sharing it with all of us!

Da Costa said...

Thank you so much for all of your amazing hard work! I loved how you incorporated practicing testimonies in this lesson.

ldripp said...

Thanks for the lesson! The printable book at the end is perfect for my kids!

Becky Clegg said...

Emilie! I'm almost positive I knew you in college, and was so impressed with you there. I'm just as impressed with your site, though I shouldn't be surprised. Every time I hear American woman, I think of you. Your family is beautiful! Thank you for wonderful ideas here! You're welcome to visit my (very outdated) blog, if you'd like! happyisaverb.blogspot.com

Matt and Carly Van Dyke said...

Thanks so much, this is very sweet, I can't wait to share this with my kids tonight!

Kristina said...

For those of us wondering about the glove, here's an updated, working link:
https://www.lds.org/friend/2008/10/testimony-glove?lang=eng
Thanks so much, Emilie!

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