This FHE lesson on testimony describes what a testimony is and the foundational gospel principles of a testimony.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
1. I know my Father lives and loves me too.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true,
And tells me it is true.
2. He sent me here to earth, by faith to live his plan.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me that I can,
And tells me that I can.
Begin the lesson by asking giving every child a piece of paper. Instruct them to make a list of things they know about each other. It can be ages, physical descriptions, talents, likes, dislikes, etc. Make sure to write down your own list. When you’re done, share one or two things about each person.
Read aloud: Heavenly Father loves us. Because He loves us, He wants us to know Him. When we know each other better, we can grow more love in our hearts for each other. When we know God, our testimony grows.
A testimony is a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost that something about Heavenly Father is true.
Ask: Do you remember some things people bear their testimonies about? What can you have a testimony of?
Share one simple aspect of your testimony and how you came to believe or know it.
Read aloud: The foundation of a testimony is that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior. Of all the things we can have a testimony of, these two are the most important.
Ask: How can we know God is our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is our Savior?
Invite the children to think of one way they can grow their testimony this week. Bear a simple testimony to end.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before playing, ask everyone to think about what these special witnesses teach us about testimonies.
Read aloud: A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a testimony is a belief in God as our loving Heavenly Father and Jesus as our Christ. We then come to understand the Restoration of the Gospel through modern-day prophets. All other beliefs and knowledge in our testimonies are built on these truths.
Ask: Why do our testimonies need to be centered on Jesus Christ?
Read aloud: The quest for a testimony begins with a righteous, sincere desire. Alma 32:27 describes this process.
Have someone read Alma 32:27: If ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Share personal experiences about growing your testimonies. Finish the lesson with an invitation to act and your own testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read through the gospel topic page on testimony. Pick one aspect of your testimony you’d like to strengthen and create a goal to do so. If possible, share that goal with someone else, such as your ministering brothers and sisters.
1/3 cup peanut butter
10-12 oz chocolate chips
coconut oil (or another oil)
- Slice the bananas into medium-sized pieces and place on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
- Add a small amount of peanut butter to every other banana piece, then sandwich together.
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil.
- When the bananas are chilled, dip each banana “bite” into the chocolate.
- Return to the parchment paper and chill again until the bites are solid.
- Keep in the refrigerator.
(Courtesy of livingwellmom.com)
Paper Plate Ring Toss
Begin by cutting on the centers of paper plates. Then, have everyone decorate a few paper plates with markers and crayons. To play, stick a ruler or other thin object in the ground and attempt to toss your paper plate rings over it.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.