"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

December 30, 2010

Testimony Book

When I was on my mission in Chile, my mission president and his wife got a home-made gift from their kids back at home. They were so proud of it and cried quite a bit over it. Even though it was simple and very inexpensive, it was very sentimental and it touched their hearts. Ever since then I've always wanted to make one for my parents. They got a Testimony Book. A testimony book is exactly what it sounds like....it's a book of the testimonies of all their children, a tribute to them for teaching us while we were young to love the Lord and to know the difference between right and wrong.  Even though we're all grown up and have our free agency, we all have those strong values and teachings instilled deep in us, and now it is our turn to instill them in our children. We are a very emotional family...VERY emotional! I just knew the testimony book I was going to make was something that my parents would LOVE and cherish! I wanted to include everyone in the book....so back in September I started asking my brother and sisters and their spouses to write out their testimonies....I had the grandkids that can write, hand write theirs out as well. For all the grandkids that can't write, or speak their testimonies...we made prints of their hands and feet. I also included baptism dates of the recently baptized, marriage dates, and mission information. It turned out so nice! I had the book completed back in October, and I should have ordered it back then....but I didn't and my computer crashed and ERASED everything I had put together! I was just going to throw in the towel, but I remembered my mission President and how much he LOVED his children's testimony book. I had to make one for my parents. I went to my sister's house one day to try and put it back together....12 hours later I was done! I'm very glad I did it. The reaction my parents had when we gave it to them on Christmas Eve was priceless and now they have documented each of our testimonies and love for the gospel and for our Savior Jesus Christ.  I printed a hard copy of the book for them, and we have this link we can look at!

4 comments:

ANNA BANANA said...

Oh my gosh Monica, it was beautiful and made me tear up juss looking at it! you did an amazing job and despite all the crazy things that happened and you still pulled it off?! you're amazing. I am gonna do one of these for my parents one of these days! :)

Fred & Shenna Frost said...

I LOVE it! :0) That was so beautiful Monica. I've only made picture books for our families and a testimony book is such a wonderful idea! :0) Best gift ever! hehe

IONGI FAMILY said...

What a great idea!!! what an inspiring book!! loved it!!!Thank you for sharing that!!

Hayward Family said...

Such a cute idea!! I might steal it someday! ;)