PURPOSE: You may have been born with the same eye color as your Mom, or you may have the same uneven toes as your Father.
We receive many physical traits of our parents and ancestors, but one thing that is unique for us to build and create on our own -- is our own testimonies.
SCRIPTURE: Helaman 5:12
SONG: "How Firm A Foundation"
LESSON: During the April 2009 General Conference, President Monson shared a story of the importance of building strong roads...
"In 1959, I met N. Eldon Tanner (1898–1982), who later would be a counselor to four Presidents of the Church. President Tanner was president of the Canada Calgary Stake. We discussed the cold Canadian winters, where temperatures can linger well below freezing and icy winds lower those temperatures even further.
I asked President Tanner why the roads in western Canada remained intact during such winters, showing little or no signs of cracking or breaking, while road surfaces in many areas where winters are less cold and less severe developed cracks and breaks and potholes.
Said he, “The answer is in the depth of the base of the paving materials. In order for them to remain strong and unbroken, it is necessary to go very deep with the foundation layers. When the foundations are not deep enough, the surfaces cannot withstand the extremes of weather."
President Monson suggested 3 Ways to Build A Strong Testimony:
2. Daily Scripture Study
1. How do these three things help us create a strong foundation?
2. What do you think would happen to our foundations if we started taking out one of these three things?
3. What are other ways in which to build a strong testimony?
How A Road is Built
A bulldozer drives over the dirt, leveling bumps and filling in dips. Next:
A sprayer puts water on the dirt, and a roller presses it down. Then:
A 12-inch layer of gravel is added. Workers put water on the gravel and press it down. Then, more layers of gravel are added. The more layers, the stronger the road. Last:
Asphalt or concrete is spread on top to make the road smooth for cars and trucks to drive on. Prayer, scriptures, and service will give your road through life a strong foundation.
Create and build your own Testimony road. Use a sidewalk, cardboard, whatever is easiest for your family to create a fun road with stops along the way that will help build your testimony.
1. Go to the temple
2. Hold weekly Family Home Evenings
3. Attend church meetings
4. Daily prayers
5. Daily scripture study
And so forth!
We all have a unique identity and role. We learn in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" that "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."
We also have unique gifts and talents (tools) that will help us in our lives, plus be able to help others around us. Let us work harder to learn about, develop and honor our divine roles and use our heavenly gifts for good.
Scripture: Mosiah 4:15
Song: "I Am A Child of God"
Have you ever looked through all the tools in your Dad's or Grandpa's toolbox and wondered what in the world can all these tools possibly do? Have you ever wanted to create something or fix something that was broken, but didn't have the right tool to use?
As we celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day during May and June, may we contemplate all the gifts and tools that come with these divine roles. (Divine means like-God)
Name 3 roles/jobs Mothers play in the family.
Name 3 roles/jobs Father's play in the family.
There are also many jobs, or roles, that each child plays in the family as well.
Likewise it is the same with our earthly family. We each have our own gifts, or tools, that we have been given to help others.
For example, Brother Stoddard loves riding bikes! He also is very willing to help others fix their broken bikes. He shared an example from when he was repairing a broken bike:
As I used the wrench to tighten a certain area of the bike, I looked at all the other tools that I have available to me. I have a air pump, pliers, screw driver and so on. However, I can't use a wrench to do the job of the air pump and the air pump can't do the job of the screw driver.
This doesn't mean that one tool is better than another. Each tool has a task or job that it can help out with specifically.
We have many spiritual and physical tools we have been given as well. We have gifts that others don't have and others have gifts that we don't have. Our Father in Heaven needs us to be willing to help each other out and use our gifts we've been given. If he didn't want us to help others, we would only have one tool in the toolbox.
But, because we are all different, we need to learn what our gifts and talents are, develop them throughout our life and be willing to use these gifts to help others. In this way, we are honoring the gifts He has blessed us with and perhaps, He'll put more tools in our toolbox.
1. What are some gifts/tools of those individuals in your family?
2. How can these tools help you today?
3. How can these tools help you become the kind of Mother or Father you want to be?
4. What are some ways we can honor our gifts/talents?
Purpose: Personal revelation is when we receive guidance for our own lives. Growing up, our parents give us guidance (which means to direct or teach). They help us know that hot ovens can burn us, so we don't touch ourselves. They teach us to look both ways before crossing a street - their guidance comes from loving us. They want us to be protected and give us the correct directions to help us have that protection.
Personal revelation is when we seek our own understanding and guidance in the life. You are faced with many choices and need to learn to listen to how the Holy Ghost talks to YOU individually so that you can continue down good paths.
Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 11:12-14
Hymn: "Let The Holy Spirit Guide"
The summer before starting 4th grade, my family moved from a very, very rural town in South Carolina to a much bigger town about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta Georgia. My father had moved to down to start his new career earlier and after school ended, my mother loaded my older brother, me and my baby brother into her car and headed to Georgia to join my dad.
The trip was going well until we came upon the "Spaghetti Junction" in Atlanta - a detail my Dad left out when giving my Mom directions. When this small town girl approached a string of roads going in every direction, it was too overwhelming for her. She pulled over and cried and cried. This was in the 80s, before cell phone, beepers or GPS navigational systems.
She was alone in a huge new town, three small children in her car and so many roads ahead of her, how would she know which one to take?
My mother was the greatest example of prayer. That is all we could do as we sat on the side of the highway. That is how we knew which road to take and have the courage to follow that answer as well.
Was my mother scared? Absolutely.
I remember the fear and tears streaming from her eyes as she pressed on the gas pedal and with courage continued on.
This is the same for all of us today. There are MANY paths in which our lives can take. How will you know which path is right for you?
Personal revelation is just that:
PERSONAL: just for YOU.
REVELATION: divine guidance, protection, inspiration
It wasn't to far down the road that she realized we were headed in the right direction. Our loving Heavenly Father is the same. There's not a path that He will lead us down that is wrong. If we seek to know which road to take - and take the courage to follow the RIGHT path - we will be blessed.
We have also been promised to know if a decision we've made is right or wrong.
The Holy Ghost speaks to each of us differently and in different ways. Learn how He speaks to you and have courage to act...
From President Monson's 4-minute General Conference address in April 2016; "May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong."
How to Receive Personal Revelation: Pray, Read Your Scriptures, Fast, Attend the temple, Act on Good thoughts, block out outside influences (phones, TV, social media, bad music, etc), Listen to the still small voice, ACT! These are some of the ingredients to help you learn how to receive revelation for yourself.
1. What is understanding personal revelation important?
2. How does or has the Holy Ghost taught you?
3. What personal revelation are you currently seeking? What ingredients are you missing in order to receive the revelation you're seeking?
4. What are the two different ways Elder Bednar describes receiving revelation in this video?
5. Name other thoughts that stood out to you during the video.
The next time you lose your cell phone, keys, homework, etc. - I challenge you to go to the Lord in sincere prayer to know where to look for the lost item(s). Pay attention to the thought(s) that come into your mind - even if it seems silly or even if you've already looked in those spots. It's vital you ACT on every thought.
Doing so, I am confident you will begin to learn the power of personal revelation!
Even though you may think Heavenly Father doesn't care where my keys are -- He does care, because it is important to YOU and you are the most important to Him!