Gain a personal testimony of Joseph Smith

By Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

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I can’t stop thinking about Elder Anderson’s invitation to gain a personal testimony of Joseph Smith and how relevant this is to current seminary students. I know that Elder Anderson outlined steps of 1) Find scriptures from the Book of Mormon that you know are true, 2) Share them with friends and family, 3) Read Joseph Smith’s testimony in the Pearl of Great Price and 4) Put it in your own words. Does anyone have any specific ideas on how to facilitate this via seminary? #JSHist1 #JosephSmith #LDSconf

Rachel Murphy

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I am with you on this! It’s stuck in my mind as well. I think I am going to have my 20 students record Joseph’s testimony in their own voices sentence by sentence or phrase by phrase with them rotating. As for how I’ll use it I’m not sure of that part yet. But I loved his counsel on that, and I definitely plan to follow it!
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Rachel Murphy

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I will probably just make the recording process simple by using the voice memo app on my iPhone then edit them all together.
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Gabrielle McManus

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This talk was certainly a highlight. We’re going to do this recording activity as a family and I’m going to challenge my class to do it too.

Deena Moretti Gose

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I need it on a poster on the chalk board to keep it in our minds !

Jane Beeson Taylor

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following…great ideas here.

Elaine Lowham Wakley

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I’m going to have my students practice reading it for a few days, and then have them record it on their own devices and send me a copy. For the last day of seminary, I’d like to put their recordings to video/pictures from the first vision to watch as a class, and then have them write and/or share their testimonies of Joseph Smith
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Stephanie Gates

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Stood out to me as well especially because that is precisely how we gave them a second option to “master” first vision….by recording themselves teaching it to an investigator and posting it to our facebook page….
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Amy Graham Clawson

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I loved that!!! Doing it with my class this week!

Nicole ‘Faith LePain’ Malnar

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Julie Short Wright

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Connie Kearns Davis

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It’s on my mind also- it’s interesting to hear about the ideas it’s generating.
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Debbie Reynolds

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Loved his talk and think I’ll do the same!

Shauna Hostetler

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I am thinking about discussing each of the 4 steps and then working on them one at a time. For the finding and sharing of scriptures, I am thinking about incorporating that in to our devotionals for the next few weeks until each person has a turn. We have been working on the scripture mastery portion of Joseph Smith’s testimony and have been planning on memorizing one verse at a time together, which is now higher on the priority list. I would love to hear ideas from everyone.
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Lisa Price Barrett

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Tiffany Whitney

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What exactly is “Joseph Smith’s testimony?”Is it his account of the visit from Moroni, the verses about the First Vision, or the SM verse? I’m just wondering what portions exactly you are talking about recording.
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Ben Millard

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I plan to use it in conjunction with #DandC17 as we talk about being a witness of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.
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Joan Layton Merrell

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Was considering getting those pamphlets from the missionaries, using class time to find verses as mentioned that they believe, —definitely a lot of talks with seminary application!
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Tiffany Reid Fairchild

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Celeste Boyack Cragun

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Kristen Bradshaw Danielson

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Sarah Bouse

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Becky Mike Edwards

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Great ideas!

Marjean Jones Livingston

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Jeanette Brooks

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I thought it would be good to video my kids each saying a portion of the JSH. Editing it together so it’s one continuous story. A DVD for each one. I also thought it would be good to use the pamphlet but not sure exactly how yet??? Also… A scripture marking moments where we find , read and mark (in a specific way) all the scriptures throughout the Bible and BOM that tie into Joseph.
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I was excited every time I heard ….. To the Youth I issue this Challenge! It happened a couple of times and we still have today’s conference!
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Linda Preston Preciado

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Nicole E. Watkins

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I like the idea of recording it and sending it to me on our seminary facebook page. I also think that snagging some of those pamphlets and having them glue them into their seminary journals would be a great idea. Beside the pamphlet they could write the BOM scriptures they decided to use to arrive at this goal.
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Lauren Campbell Shepley

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Ruth Davis

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I loved that he mentioned recording JS testimony in your own voice going to challenge my students to do that for sure!! Awesome!
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Jamon Clark

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I will ask seminary students to show scriptures that support JS as a Prophet which is something I gleaned off Elder Andersen’s talk
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Jamon Clark

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Could be used for devotionals

Jeanette Brooks

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I am also going to assign ed student to choose one talk from Conf Ensign ( once we get them) to be that “Conf talk expert” so that we can keep referring back to these words of the prophets.
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Alexandra McLeod

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Amy Jones Griffeth

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My seminary teacher my freshman year (we were studying the Book of Mormon ) would regularly ask me, when talking to me personally, if I had prayed to find out if it was true, yet. To be honest I’m sure I thought I know it’s true I don’t need to pray more about it. But his repeated question got to me so I did seek out to know for myself through the power of personal revelation…. it did make a lasting impact. I think I will continue asking my students as a group and when I find the opportunity to do it personally too. Those personal challenges can start to sink deep and weigh on the mind. We’ve talked a lot about testimony and how if you believe that Joseph Smith’s story is true then that makes the Book of Mormon true… and the reverse works too. I did love his idea of having them record themselves reading it. There is power in saying and hearing the words. I’m going to encourage them to do that or maybe even set up a “recording studio” and let them go in and record themselves. We’ll see.
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Andrea Braud Zachary

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Thinking the same things! Wonderful instruction

Tiffany Hiltbrand Tolman

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Susan Barrett

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We are going to record as a class and share with each other and our Facebook page

Karen E Heil

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Terrie N Bill Webb

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Debbie Thomas

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Celeste Boyack Cragun

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Jennifer Webster Stephens Ellsworth

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Susan Blott

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This morning we discussed those steps. Challenged by students to do at least one of the steps this week brilliant lesson. We are on D&C 20 so this talk fitted right in. Obviously they read Joseph Smith Testimony right at the beginning of Seminary and we have been going back to it during the 5 weeks of classes. Examination of it along with the various sections. Looking at the other people involved along the process. So very gratefuly for Elder Andersons talk.
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Source:: LDS Seminary Teacher Group