Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rachel's giving a talk today

What's really embarrassing is that I'm in charge of scheduling talks for primary as well as sending out reminders and I completely forgot to do so for this week until last night at 11:30 so this morning I was scrambling with my own child to write a talk for primary today. Rachel's topic was how sharing your testimony can strengthen it. This is what we came up with:
In a talk in general conference, President Cecil O. Samuelson said, “teaching someone else what we know [about the gospel] strengthens our own testimony as we build that of another.” If you have two cookies and you share one of the cookies you will only have one cookie left, but if you share the recipe for the cookies then everyone can have more cookies. Like sharing a recipe, sharing your testimony doesn’t make your testimony smaller. It makes it get bigger!
 President Samuelson explained that we gain a testimony when we listen, read, study, or ponder about the gospel and then ask if it is true. When we try to share the gospel by bearing our testimony that makes us think about the gospel and what it means to us, which can help strengthen our testimony.
 In Doctrine & Covenants 1:20–21, it says, “that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world; that faith might increase on the earth.”
 I hope that we can have the courage and faith it takes to share the recipe of the gospel—our testimonies—with others so that faith can increase on the earth.
 I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
President Samuelson's talk can be found here. D&C 1:20–21 is here. And we also thought about using D&C 50:22 (but thought D&C 1 went along with our cookie analogy a little better).

Let this be a lesson to me to be better about sending out reminders earlier in the week.


  1. Last minute talks in Primary, and later in Sunday School were the best perks of having mothers (and cousins) in leadership positions. I grew so much through having many, many opportunities, thanks to kids who would call at the last minute and say they couldn't be there, or forgotten assignments...Rachel is growing because she gets opportunities to pinch-hit. And that is wonderful for her!

  2. I'm sure Rachel did well. Thanks for sharing the talk. I enjoy learning more about your faith through your blog. :)