A child’s testimony can be as powerful as an adult’s, because the power of testimony comes not from a person’s age or experience but from the Holy Ghost. Help the children gain confidence that they can open their mouths and share with others what they know is true.
Give each class member a copy of the Tongue Idioms Worksheet. Give them a few minutes to fill in what they think each one means.
Show them the pictures and what each one means.
Have a child role-play a nonmember. Have two children at a time be missionaries.
(Use tape or a straight pin to put the name tags on the children) Have each pair of missionaries respond to one or two of the investigator’s questions, which could be similar to the following:
How do you know Heavenly Father lives?
What is your Heavenly Father like?
Who is Jesus Christ?
What did Jesus Christ do for us?
Who is the Holy Ghost?
How does the Holy Ghost help us?
How did you feel when you tell someone about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Help the children realize that they shared their testimonies when they explained what they know about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
Joseph Smith and other leaders of the Church were not perfect. Sometimes they argued and were impatient (see “Ezra Booth and Isaac Morley,” Revelations in Context, 133). But the Lord was merciful to them and always offered forgiveness if they repented.
Read with the children Doctrine and Covenants 60:7; 61:2, and ask them to find words that these verses have in common. Remind the children that these revelations were given to Joseph Smith and other Church leaders.
What did the Lord want them to know?
What do we learn from these verses about how the Savior feels about us when we make mistakes?
Give each child a Repentance Worksheet. Have the children cut out and glue the four steps used in repentance in the correct order. Suggest that the children place this paper in their homes where they can easily see it to remind them how to repent.
How can you use these verses to teach the children how the Lord helps them to make good choices?
Ask the children to talk about a time when they had to make a decision.
How did they decide what to do?
Read together Doctrine and Covenants 62:5, 7–8 to learn about what the Lord said to the elders who were about to journey from Missouri to Kirtland, Ohio.
What choices did they need to make about their journey?
What has the Lord given us to help us make choices?
Tell the children about how you have used the guidance of the Spirit and your own best judgment to make decisions.
Divide the class into three groups, and ask each group to read one of the following verses, in which the Lord instructed some missionaries about how to fulfill their missions
What do we notice about the Lord’s instruction in these verses?
Why is it sometimes good for us to use our own judgment instead of waiting for specific instruction from God on every matter?
Invite the children to practice sharing the gospel with a family member. For example, they could share something they learned in Primary.
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