“December 27. How Can I Strengthen My Testimony? Moroni 10,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“December 27. How Can I Strengthen My Testimony?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020
At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then lead a discussion about items such as the following, and plan ways to act on what you discuss (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to discuss):
Our quorum or class. Who is new to our ward, and how can we help them feel welcome? What are we doing to make our time in quorum or class meetings meaningful?
Our duties or responsibilities. What are some duties and responsibilities we have as young men and young women? How can we better fulfill them?
Our lives. What are we doing to become more like Jesus Christ and receive His power in our lives? What are we doing to help our families come unto Him?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
Many people know and love Moroni 10:3–5 because these verses explain how we can know for ourselves that the Book of Mormon is true. But the principles in these verses apply not just to gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. “By the power of the Holy Ghost,” Moroni declared, “ye may know the truth of all things” (verse 5; italics added). In an age when truth is, for many people, hard to find, Moroni’s promise is especially valuable. How have you come to know that this promise is true? What do you feel inspired to do to help quorum or class members follow Moroni’s counsel to strengthen their testimonies of the Book of Mormon? Ponder these questions as you prepare to teach. You could also study Jacob 7:1–12; Alma 5:45–46; and Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message “The Power of a Personal Testimony” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 37–39).
To give quorum or class members a chance to share what they have been learning from Moroni 10, you might ask questions like these: What are some important truths you found in Moroni 10? Since no one in Moroni’s day ever saw what he wrote, why do you think Moroni chose to include these truths for us in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon? Why are these truths needed in the world today? The activity ideas below can help you encourage those you teach to discuss how they can strengthen their testimonies.
To help quorum or class members understand how to strengthen their own testimonies, you could share with them the statement by President Thomas S. Monson in “Supporting Resources.” Each person could then read one of the scriptures in “Supporting Resources.” Then you could divide quorum or class members into pairs and invite them to interview each other, asking questions like these: What did you learn from these verses about gaining a testimony? What have you done to gain or maintain your testimony? What are you inspired to do because of what you read?
In his message “The Power of a Personal Testimony,” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf explained what a testimony is, how to gain and strengthen a testimony, and why a testimony is valuable. Each quorum or class member could read one of the following sections from his message: “What Is a Testimony?” “How Do We Get a Testimony?” and “What Is a Testimony Good For?” Ask them to write down what they find within their sections that answers the question in the section heading. They could share what they find with the rest of the quorum or class. What other answers could they give from their personal experience?
What can your quorum or class members learn from the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1–13 about the importance of keeping their testimonies of the Savior strong? (see also the video “They That Are Wise,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org). As part of this discussion, quorum or class members could read the section titled “Testimony, Conversion, and the Parable of the Ten Virgins” from Elder David A. Bednar’s message “Converted unto the Lord” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 106–9). Why is it important to have a testimony of the Savior and become converted to Him? What does Moroni 10:32–33 teach about what it means to become converted?
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
President Thomas S. Monson taught: “In order for us to be strong and to withstand all the forces pulling us in the wrong direction or all the voices encouraging us to take the wrong path, we must have our own testimony. Whether you are 12 or 112—or anywhere in between—you can know for yourself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true” (“Dare to Stand Alone,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 62).
“How Do I Gain a Testimony?” “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth” (videos), ChurchofJesusChrist.org