(Friend December 2003, suggestion # 3)
Help the children understand how they can develop stronger testimonies.
Before sharing time, make a puzzle.
On one side of a large piece of paper, write the word TESTIMONY.
Cut the paper into eight puzzle pieces.
On the reverse of four pieces,
write parts of a testimony, such as
(1) I know that Heavenly Father lives and that His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior;
(2) I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
(3) I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God;
(4) I know that we are led by a living prophet today, President Gordon B. Hinckley.
On the reverse of the other four
pieces, write ways that testimonies can be developed, such as
(1) My testimony grows when I read the scriptures;
(2) My testimony grows when I pray and listen;
(3) My testimony grows when I keep the commandments;
(4) My testimony grows when I share it.
Hide the puzzle pieces in the Primary room.
Want to Be a Missionary Now" (p. 168).
The song suggests that the children have testimonies of their own.
Discuss how a testimony is a feeling
given by the Holy Ghost that gospel principles are true.
This testimony does not stay the same. It gets weaker if we do not nourish it.
It grows as we do things that help us gain a better understanding of gospel principles.
Have children take turns finding
Post the first one, and discuss the principle or way in which children can help their testimonies grow.
Sing songs that reinforce the principles, such as
"He Sent His Son" (pp. 34–35),
"The Church of Jesus Christ" (p. 77),
"The Golden Plates" (p. 86),
"Follow the Prophet" (pp. 110–11).
For puzzle pieces about strengthening a testimony, sing songs from the songs listed in the CS index under "Testimony."
After all the pieces have been found, have some children turn the pieces over and put the TESTIMONY side together.
Bear your testimony of gospel principles that have special meaning in your life.