22- And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
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.
1. The witness of the Holy Ghost,
As borne by those who know,
Has lifted me again to thee,
O Father of my soul.
2. I know that thou art in the heav’n.
I know the Savior reigns.
I know a prophet speaks to us
For our eternal gain.
3. My eyes are wet; my heart is full.
The Spirit speaks today.
O Lord, wilt thou my life renew
And in my bosom stay.
4. As testimony fills my heart,
It dulls the pain of days.
For one brief moment, heaven’s view
Appears before my gaze.
*For Younger Children* Talk about a testimony and the five basic parts of a testimony. (You may want to draw or do the activity below: Make a Testimony Glove.)
A testimony is a spiritual witness of the gospel’s truthfulness given to us by the Holy Ghost. There are essential parts to a testimony. If you have a desire to believe those things, your belief can grow into a knowledge that they are true.
1. Heavenly Father
I know that God is our Heavenly Father and He loves us.
2. Jesus Christ
I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and Redeemer.
3. Joseph Smith & Book of Mormon
I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth and translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God.
4. True Church
I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth today.
I know that this Church is led by a living prophet who receives revelation.
Testify of the importance of our testimonies.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the following question and the quotes from Elder O. Leslie Stone (July 1979 New Era “Testimony”). Testify of the importance of testimonies and allow anyone who wants to the opportunity to bear their testimony.
What is a testimony?
How do we gain one?
Admittedly, it is easier to talk about a testimony than to obtain one. The Lord intended that we should work hard to obtain a testimony for that will make our testimonies stronger and they will be more apt to remain with us. Always remember that no good thing comes without effort and sacrifice. When we are required to work for these blessings, we gain knowledge, we develop our skills and our characters, and we learn to overcome evil—all of which are significant parts of our purpose in life.
To any of you who do not have a testimony or who would like to strengthen your testimony, I would recommend a few things that you can do to develop or strengthen a testimony.
1. Study the scriptures and other books written by Church leaders.
2. Keep the commandments, which includes being honest and upright, paying a full tithe, and being morally clean.
3. Attend sacrament meeting and other Church meetings in which you can listen to the testimonies of faithful members of the Church.
4. Associate with good people.
5. Stay out of the devil’s territory by shunning anything that does not lead toward Christ.
6. Repent of all sins and imperfections. Repentance includes both confession and forsaking of such sins.
7. Pray to the Lord.
To obtain and retain a testimony of the gospel, a person must live the gospel; and to live it, he must know it; and to know it, he must study it. We cannot have a testimony of a subject about which we do not have some understanding or knowledge. When we have prepared ourselves, the Holy Ghost, who is also known as the Spirit of Truth, will manifest the truth of all things to us.
Why do we have to continue to strengthen our testimony?
Once we have developed and obtained a testimony, we can never cease working to strengthen it. We would all do well to remember the statement of President Harold B. Lee concerning a testimony: “Testimony isn’t something you have today and you are going to have always. A testimonyis fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life.” (Church News, July 15, 1972, p. 4.) When a testimony is not growing, it is in danger of becoming weaker.
Testify of the importance of sharing and strengthening our testimonies. Allow anyone who wants the opportunity to bear their testimony.
Hairy Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes or Forked Eyeballs
Hairy Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes
Chocolate cupcake (body)
Canned chocolate icing
Chocolate sprinkles (hair)
2 pieces of eye-type candy (we used Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts)
1 package of black string lace licorice (legs)
1- Frost the cupcake with chocolate icing and cover with sprinkles.
2- Press the eyes into place.
3- Use scissors to cut eight 4-inch pieces of licorice for the legs. Holding all of the legs together in a bunch, bend them in half and crease. Push the end of each leg into the cupcake as shown.
2 (11-ounce) bags white chocolate chips
12 doughnut holes
Semisweet chocolate chips
Tube of red decorator frosting
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1- To coat a dozen doughnut holes, melt the white chocolate chips with the oil over low heat (and keep the chocolate warm while you work). With a fork, spear each doughnut hole and submerge it in the melted chocolate to coat it, then gently tap off any excess.
2- Stick a semisweet chocolate chip with its point cut off onto each doughnut hole, cut end first. Place the forks (handle side down) in a mug and allow the chocolate coating to harden.
3- Use a tube of red decorator frosting to add squiggly veins radiating out from the pupils.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
1- Make a Testimony Glove.
2- Write down your testimony and include it in a journal, family history book or your scriptures.
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.