Monday, June 27, 2011

Teaching Children what a Personal Testimony is -

"Personal Testimony is the foundation of our faith." - M. Russell Ballard

Would you like to know about expressing a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel? Jack Christianson called them the "five NON-negotiables of Latter-day Saints". .. Learn the five fundamental truths of a testimony in a new book for Latter-day Saint families - The Testimony Glove.

Kristen M. Oaks, JoAnn F. Phillips, Dan Burr

Help your children learn the basic truths of a testimony!
Based on the true experience of Susan L. Warner, former counselor in the Primary general presidency, this children's picture book tells the story of a girl who learns from her father what a testimony is. To help her understand how to express her testimony, her father uses his hand to teach her the five parts of a testimony in a way she can remember.

Along with the story, the book invites young Latter-day Saints to practice sharing their testimonies using the enclosed glove with pictures that attach to the end of each finger. The glove represents the Holy Ghost. There are pictures representing Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, the temple, and our current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.

"Taught in story form with beautiful illustrations, and perfect for parents of young families, or for teachers who want to teach this important concept to their classes, The Testimony Glove is an important addition to the gospel library of any home with young children." - Cindy Suelzle
"Emily is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every Monday, Emily and her family gather together for family home evening. One week, Emily's father surprised the family ..... " so starts the story of the Testimony Glove - which helps us remember the five basic truths of a testimony.
What are they?

1. Heavenly Father lives and He loves me.
2. Jesus Christ is Heavenly Father's Son, and my Savior and my Redeemer.
3. Joseph Smith is the prophet called to restore the True Church of Jesus Christ, and to translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God.
4. The Church of Jesus Christ is the Savior's true church on the earth today and its teachings will lead me to the Temple.
5. We have a living prophet who receives continuous revelation from God.

The Testimony Glove is a hard back book with coil binding for easy sharing with a class or FHE, and thick pages for durability. It is beautifully illustrated by Dan Burr, and even contains a bonus white glove to use as a visual aid while teaching, re-teaching, and reminding. Additional white gloves are also available for individual children in families or classrooms.

Meet the Author Kristen M. Oaks:
  Kristen McMain Oaks has spent much of her life teaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in special education (both from the University of Utah), and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University. She was a former educational consultant in the publishing industry, instructing teachers and supervisors both nationally and internationally. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at BYU and served a full-time mission to Japan. After marrying Elder Dallin H. Oaks, she taught and trained auxiliaries in the Philippines for two years while he served as Area President. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Deseret International Foundation and the Primary Children’s Hospital and recently authored the book, A Single Voice. In addition to her love of teaching, she loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband reside in Utah.

"... a good addition to any “church bag”, and the principles taught would be a great addition to any family home evening lesson." from a review by SCLDS-Bookworm91 -
see rest of the review on Nephi's Books in South Carolina

*Royalties from the sale of this book assist in providing testimony gloves to children in developing countries.

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