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
First: 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.
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!