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Sharing the 5 points of a testimony with 'The Testimony Glove'

Published: Thursday, June 30 2011 4:00 a.m. MDT

In Brazil, leaders have shared how giving and explaining the gloves to children have helped reactivate families: "It reminds them of the Spirit," Sister Oaks said.

In Romania, just having the pictures has helped leaders teach the gospel, she said.

In South Africa, the gloves given to women have helped them teach their families about the gospel, she added. Many women there are illiterate.

During a trip to Korea and Japan right after President Gordon B. Hinckley's funeral, she didn't have time to put pictures of President Thomas S. Monson in the 1,200 kits she had with her.

President Hinckley was well-known and well-liked by the LDS Church members in Asia, where he had made dozens of trips.

In Japan, Sister Oaks called up the Primary presidents and told them about the kits and that they would need to switch out the pictures.

"They took it … and they were so excited about the new prophet and were quick to obey," she said, adding that to them, this is a way to explain the line of authority.

Sister Oaks, who had served a mission in Japan, could hear their excitement about the new president of the church.

"I saw the obedience of people thousands of miles away," Sister Oaks said. "It has taught me more than I ever thought."

In Los Angeles, Mary Kay Stout used it as a hands-on learning experience for the Primary when she was a leader a few years ago.

Between the visual learning with the pictures and the tactile experience of the gloves, many of the children picked it up quickly and wanted to bear their testimonies. They asked the Primary members to go home and share it with their families.

"It's the perfect learning experience for children," Stout said. "It's the most essential elements. They really can't wait to tell someone about it."

Stout has also found that adults can benefit from the five points that helped anchor her testimony.

"When I remember those five, all other things fit into place," Stout added.

'The Testimony Glove'

"The Testimony Glove" isn't just to be read.

"It's a book you interact with and make it your own," Sister Oaks said of the 31-page book that follows a family as they teach a young girl, Emily, about testimony.

During a focus group, a father in Boston was sharing it with his children and he added in personal experiences from his family and also taught more about the plan of salvation.

"It's discussing personally who the Savior is and what he is like and what does he do," Sister Oaks said. "One thing we need to teach our kids is about revelation and what it feels like and this book really delves into that. … They need to know what is pleasing to Heavenly Father."

It also discusses how to share a testimony.

"These are core doctrines. There's nothing fluffy about it," Sister Oaks added.

Included in the book is the song "My Testimony," along with a list of other songs from "The Children's Songbook."

She had specific things she wanted in the book, and Deseret Book officials and illustrator Dan Burr helped make sure those things were in there, she said. The authors aren't receiving any royalties from "The Testimony Glove."

Sister Oaks is quick to say that this isn't about her, but about helping children and families share their testimonies.

Long after the glove is gone, children will recall the principles, she added.

"Those are eternal principles, and they will remember them."

Email: rappleye@desnews.com 

 

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