Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will help the youth understand what it means to bear testimony?
Alma 4:18–20 (The power of bearing testimony)
Henry B. Eyring, “Witnesses for God,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 30–33
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Power of a Personal Testimony,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 37–39
Dallin H. Oaks, “Testimony,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 26–29
“Bear Testimony Frequently,” Preach My Gospel (2004), 198–99
“Teaching with Testimony,” Teaching, No Greater Call (1999), 43–44
During the first few minutes of every class, help the youth make connections between things they are learning in various settings (such as personal study, seminary, other Church classes, or experiences with their friends). How can you help them see the relevance of the gospel in daily living? The ideas below might help you:
- Invite the youth to share a recent experience that has strengthened their testimony.
- Ask the youth to imagine that they invite a friend to church on fast Sunday, and the bishop invites members of the ward to bear their testimonies. How would they respond if their friend asked, “What does it mean to bear testimony?” If necessary, refer the youth to the section titled “What Is a Testimony?” in Teaching, No Greater Call, pages 43–44.
Each of the activities below will help the youth understand what it means to bear testimony. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Invite the youth to read the section titled “What Is a Testimony?” from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “The Power of a Personal Testimony.” Ask the youth to make a list of what a testimony is and what a testimony is not based on what they read. Invite them to share experiences in which they heard someone bear testimony in a way that strengthened their faith and testimony.
- Invite the youth to read section II of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Testimony,” looking for similarities and differences between testimony and other kinds of knowledge. What can the youth do to strengthen their knowledge of the truth of the gospel?
- Invite the youth to find examples in the scriptures of people bearing testimony (such as those suggested in this outline). As they share what they find, encourage them to discuss the different ways they can bear testimony (including formal and informal ways). Watch the video “Testimony of Thomas S. Monson” or “Elder and Sister Bednar—Testimony.” Ask the youth to share what they learn about bearing testimony from the examples of President Monson or Elder and Sister Bednar.
- Invite the youth to read “Bear Testimony Frequently” and complete the accompanying personal study activity in Preach My Gospel, pages 198–99. Ask them to share their insights with the class. How can they apply what they have learned the next time they bear testimony (such as in a church meeting or a conversation with a friend)?
- Show the video “A Man without Eloquence.” Ask the youth to share an experience in which they were touched by another’s simple, heartfelt testimony. What was it about that particular testimony that touched their hearts?
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to bear testimony? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?
Invite to act
Invite the youth to look for opportunities to bear testimony—formally and informally—during the coming week. Ask them to share their experiences in a future class.
Encourage the youth to write their testimonies in their journal.