In his talk "Lord I Believe," Elder Holland taught one of the most important principles to have in your testimony tool kit. When doubts and problems arise--(which they will)--do not lead with your unbelief. Instead, "Be true to the faith you do have," and "Fan the flame of your faith."
The Brethren teach with such tangible imagery, and as parents we'd be wise to help our children latch onto and experience first-hand what these analogies mean in real life, so that they can understand how they apply spiritually.
I decided that an easy way to word Elder Holland's teachings for wee little children is to say, "Stick with your faith." Don't leave it when things get hard, but "stick" with it.
To go along with this catchphrase, we made a candle display using sticks from our backyard that we hot-glued onto fabric and then glued to the candles.
And I think they were proud of their creations.
But you can't exactly "fan the flame" of a candle the same way you can a fire.
So, while we were making our "stick with your faith" candles inside, Steve was building a fire outside.
Seeing that our once brilliant fire had died down, we talked about what we should do to give it the best chance of surviving and returning to it's previous, roaring glory.
The children were instructed to "fan the flame" and then to feed the fire with brush and branches that they could collect from around the yard.
This took work, but it definitely drove the point home that Elder Holland was making. If your fire is burning low, you don't stomp it out...You must take care of that tiny flame of a testimony that burns inside of you, no matter who or what throws water on it. You must "first and forever fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe."
Find more General Conference Review Lessons below:
I'm not afraid to follow the Savior - Elder Oaks
Catch the Wave - Elder Nelson
His Doctrine Will Not Change - Elder Hales
Fan the Flame of Your Faith - Elder Holland
Stay in Condition - President Packer
A Christ-centered Home - Elder Scott
The Importance of a Body - Elder Bednar
With Christ, Darkness Cannot Succeed - President Uchtdorf
"Eye" Will Be Tolerant as Well as Kind - President Monson
And be sure to check out "The Prophetic Family Proclamation" on WBMW!