Three words. Do. This. Activity.
First of all, families were invited and it was short (about 45 minutes total). But every part of it was meaningful and an opportunity for the girls to share and SHINE. The group has been working on developing and talking about testimonies. This Recognition Activity focused on that – testimonies.
What Do We Want to Have Happen: Give the Activity Day girls a chance to share their testimonies in a variety of ways.
The girls made the invitations (I don’t have an example of that). The girls also made the decorations. Each girl created a “scrapbook page” with their photo and their written testimony. The leaders found garage sale frames on the cheap and spray painted them. These were set up as a “gallery” around the room. Families and girls looked at them as they arrived and then at the end of the program. What a great way to celebrate each girl, give them all a chance to share, and help them remember their testimonies once they go home.
This activity did not require a large space and could easily be done in the Primary or Relief Society room depending on how many girls you have.
Suggestion: Consider helping each girl in the writing process. As a former school teacher, I know that each student learns at different rates and they are all at different levels of writing ability. Often times, their ability to actually write is slower than their ability to think. Take the time to sit down one-on-one with each girl. Ask them questions about their testimony. It can be as simple as, “What do you like about the scriptures?” “What do you know about Jesus Christ?” “What do you know about Heavenly Father?” etc. It will still stay simple and authentic but provides a framework for helping them each to realize exactly what they know about the gospel. Then write it down for them. Children often think faster than they can write – write the first draft for them based only on what they say as you prompt them with questions. Finally, they can use the draft to rewrite the final version of their testimony on the scrapbook card. Keep it simple and short. This will be an AMAZING learning experience in itself as you guide each girl in a one-on-one teaching moment to help them identify what a testimony is and what they know is true.
With one of the 11-year-old girls conducting, they had a program that reflected different ways to share and talk about testimonies. The girls did each part of the following program:
Intro – “We have been learning about different kinds of ways to share our testimonies.”
Song – Let the Holy Spirit Guide Hymn #143 – all of the girls practiced and sang it together
Testimony – one girl shared her testimony
Story – “Thomas’s Testimony” The Friend July 2013 (click here)
Talk about Testimonies – she shared about what she learned at our Stake Activity Days Day Camp – we are all covenant keepers and shared her testimony
Song – I Love to See the Temple Children’s Songbook #95 – one girl chose to sing a solo. Brave girl and wonderful expression of what she knows is true.
Explain that they can each take a Book of Mormon and write their testimony in the front (perhaps during a Family Home Evening). Encourage them to share it with someone. One girl had a plan of exactly who she wanted to give the Book of Mormon to and wrote a beautiful note to her at the activity. Her testimony is clear….as well as her love for her friend.
You could insert other girls bearing their testimonies throughout the program if you choose. You can also add to or change this program any way you want to meet your needs. It took about 15 minutes to go through the whole thing.
GALLERY + REFRESHMENTS
They were then invited to take a treat (cookies) and look at the gallery of testimonies. There was a wonderful spirit of happiness and celebration during this activity. It was simple and meaningful. It really packed a punch and focused on sharing what the girls had been working on.
Want the printable that they used for the light sticks. These became a little favor for each girl to take home, along with a Book of Mormon and their own testimony frame. Click on the link below:
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Put this activity in your plan – the prep work that happened in the activities leading up to it was fabulous and focused on learning and living the gospel. You’ll love it just as much as we did!