I am continuing to read every scripture reference to Jesus. This morning, I read about the Resurrection in Matthew 28: 1-8 (Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10).
But I am taking a DETOUR…of sorts…to talk about becoming certain. About growing a testimony.
Today, my two sons were asked to read a scripture (Dustin) and to give a talk (Clayton) in Primary. I could not be more proud of their willingness to prepare and how well they performed.
This was Dustin’s first time to read a scripture without help. He read Moroni 10:5
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Following Dustin’s scripture, I helped Clayton give his first talk. (He was a little quiet, but he did so well.) Here is what he said:
Do you have a testimony? Having a testimony means you know something is true.
Gaining a testimony is a lot like growing a plant.
We go to church.
We choose the right.
We say our prayers and listen to the Holy Ghost.
And we share our testimony with others.
(Mom?…what are you doing?)
I am thankful I have a testimony of my Heavenly Father and Jesus. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
I love those two boys! I am so thankful my Heavenly Father has trusted me with the privilege of being their mom. They have special spirits. Do they like going to church?…NO!…Did one of them cry and argue with me through the entire closing prayer? YES! But man they sure do have some strong little testimonies of the big things…the important things. They help my testimony grow in so many ways
While we were preparing for his talk. I asked Clayton about some of the things he believes. For most of the things listed he nodded yes and for some he asked what it was (Note to self: There are still some principles I need to teach my boys) But when I asked him about praying to his Heavenly Father…a smile spread across his sweet little face that melted my heart. And as he nodded, we both knew that he knew…That he was certain…That he has a testimony that his Heavenly Father hears and answers his prayers.
And sweet Dustin…who is still wanting to hang on to make-believe (and I hope he does for as long as he can) …when I asked him what his scripture was about, he said, “Well if you ask if dragons are real, the Holy Ghost will tell you no…Because that is the truth” 🙂
I have heard parents say they appreciate primary talks because it helps their children develop speaking abilities. In my opinion it is about so much more than that. It is about becoming certain…about asking what we know, what we believe, and what we still have questions about. These little primary talks are so powerful!
END DETOUR: I did not get to watch yesterday, but I sure am thankful I was able to watch the General Women’s Session of LDS General Conference after church today. I am especially touched by Sister Linda Burton’s talk. She speaks of certain women. The very women I am reading about about right now. The certain woman I hope I am on the road to becoming.