Week 1: I can gain a testimony of Jesus Christ.
Identify the doctrine (hearing a story): Tell the following story: “When President James E. Faust was a child, he had a nightmare and woke up crying. His grandmother hugged him, comforted him, and told him they were safe because Jesus Christ was watching over them. He went peacefully back to bed, assured that Jesus does watch over us.” Tell the children that this experience helped President Faust gain a testimony of Jesus Christ (see “A Growing Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 53).
Encourage understanding (playing a game): Create 10 wordstrips describing things that will help someone gain a testimony and a few others describing things that will not (sample wordstrips are available at sharingtime.lds.org). Place a long rope or string with 10 knots in it on the floor. Ask a child to stand at one end of the rope and hold a sign that says, “A Testimony of Jesus Christ.” Invite another child to stand at the other end of the rope with a sign that says, “I Can Gain.” Let a child pick one wordstrip and read it out loud. If it describes something that will help us gain a testimony, have the child with the “I Can Gain” sign step forward one knot; if it does not lead to a testimony, have the child stay in place. Repeat until the child reaches the other end of the rope. Have everyone say, “I can gain a testimony of Jesus Christ.” Explain that our testimonies never stop growing; as we continue to follow Jesus Christ and make right choices throughout our lives, our testimonies will continue to grow stronger.
Week 2: Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can repent and be forgiven of my sins.
Identify the doctrine (discussing scriptures): Show a picture of Jesus Christ in Gethsemane, and briefly review the Atonement (see Luke 22:39–44). Invite someone to read Doctrine and Covenants 19:16, and ask the children to listen for what they must do to enjoy the blessings of the Atonement.
Encourage understanding (listening to a scripture story): Tell the story of Alma the Younger, and invite the children to do actions with you that go along with the story. The following is an example: “Alma the Younger was making bad choices (make a mean face). He and his friends tried to destroy the Church. One day an angel came to stop them; Alma was afraid (act afraid). He was so afraid that he fell over as if he were dead (act dead). He felt so sorry for his sins that for three days he could not move (hold still). Finally, he remembered that Jesus Christ had paid the price, or atoned, for his sins. When he thought about what Jesus had done, he felt great joy (jump for joy). Alma repented and became a great prophet who taught the people about Jesus Christ” (see Alma 36).
Encourage application (discussing): Briefly discuss the following principles of repentance: (1) realize I did something wrong, (2) feel sorrow for sin, (3) confess to Heavenly Father, (4) right the wrong, and (5) don’t do it again.
Week 3: Jesus Christ was resurrected, and I will be too.
Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Sing together “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (CS, 64) or “Jesus Has Risen” (CS, 70). Ask a child to explain what the song teaches. Tell the children that because Jesus Christ was resurrected, we all will be too. Hold the scriptures and explain that we know that Christ was resurrected because we can read about it in the scriptures. Explain that although we may not have seen the resurrected Christ, others have, and they have told us what they know.
Encourage understanding (listening to guest speakers): Ask a few adult members of your ward to come to sharing time and portray one of the following witnesses of the resurrected Christ: Mary Magdalene (see John 20:1–18), Thomas (see John 20:19–29), a Nephite man or woman (see 3 Nephi 11:1–17; 17), and Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:11, 14–17; see also D&C 76:22–24). Ask the ward members to share the scriptural account and bear testimony of Christ’s Resurrection.
Week 4: I can show respect for the Savior by being reverent.
Encourage understanding (seeing pictures): Show pictures of sacred places, such as the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’s tomb, the Sacred Grove, a temple, and a meetinghouse. As you show each picture, ask: “Why is this place sacred or special? How would you behave if you were there?” Discuss what reverence is and how reverent actions show our love and respect for the Savior. Explain that when we are reverent, we can feel close to Him.
Encourage application (thinking of examples): Write the words “Reverent” and “Irreverent” on the board. Divide the children into several groups. Give each group a few small pieces of paper, and ask them to write on each paper something that shows reverence at church or something that does not. Have each group read their papers one at a time. Ask the children to fold their arms if it is a reverent example or wiggle their fingers if it is irreverent. Then ask a member of the group to place the paper under the correct heading on the board.
Song: “I Stand All Amazed”
(Hymns, no. 193)
Tip: Consider time constraints when planning your sharing times. For example, in the activity in week 3, ask each guest speaker to take about two minutes. You might want to invite fewer guest speakers to allow more time for each one.
Games: Appropriate games in Primary help preserve a reverent atmosphere. Games give variety to lessons and allow children to interact with each other. They also reinforce the gospel principle being taught in a fun way.
I Can Gain
A Testimony of Jesus Christ
You pray to Heavenly Father every night.
You watch or listen to general conference and pay attention to the prophets.
You sing the songs in Primary.
You disobey your dad when he tells you to come home.
You bear your testimony.
You decide to go to a party instead of church on Sunday.
You tell a friend about Jesus Christ and His restored Church.
You whisper to your friend instead of listening to your teacher in Primary.
You study the scriptures every morning before school.
You feel too hungry to pray before you eat your meals.
You listen carefully as a family member bears testimony in family home evening.
You go to church every Sunday.
You tease your sister during sacrament meeting.
You have a good, warm feeling inside as your teacher talks about Jesus Christ.
You miss family home evening to play at a friend’s house.
You keep the commandments and live righteously.