7 Inspiring Books and CDs to Help Build Your Teen’s Testimony

Building your child's knowledge of Christ and His gospel is essential, especially during their teen years. We are counseled to "seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118). As your teens find good books to read, they will grow in the gospel. Here are seven books and CDs that will help your teen's testimony grow:

1) Worth the Wrestle

Over the years, Sheri Dew has heard people ask hard questions. “May I answer these questions,” she writes, “and any questions you may have, by posing a different question: Are you willing to engage in the wrestle? In an ongoing spiritual wrestle?”

In Worth the Wrestle, Sheri examines the process of asking good questions—whether those questions be doctrinal, procedural, historical, or intensely personal—and learning how to get answers. She demonstrates how to live by faith, even when you don't have all the answers. The book consists of 6 chapters discussing everything from what questions are good to how to receive answers and walk by faith.

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2) Are Your Standards Fences or Guardrails?

Do you view the standards of the Church as a fence that says “Keep Out,” or more like a guardrail that says, “Arrive Alive?” In John Bytheway's book, he helps readers understand the commandments aren't just rules for us to follow but guidance to protect and help us find happiness.

Using humor, stories, the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet and numerous statements from Church leaders, John Bytheway explains exactly what's expected of all of us concerning the three M's — Media, Modesty, and Morality. John Bytheway teaches the Lord's standards are designed to help us succeed and lead us to lasting happiness.

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3) Reflections of Christ

This collection of music is crisp, clear, and features hymns inspired by the Savior's life and teachings. The music on the album employs a piano, cello, and vocals to testify of Christ. You will be able to appreciate these hymns in a new way as the lyrics fill you home.

This CD features a variety of artists expressing their testimonies of the Savior and includes songs like "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "I Need Thee Every Hour," and "Be Still My Soul" among others.

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4) Be the Chocolate Chip

In Be the Chocolate Chip, the authors use a chocolate chip as an analogy for resisting sin and being in the world, but not of the world. They tell the story of how the chocolate chip cookie came to be and outlines four steps to learn how to stay strong in the gospel.

This inspirational book will help anyone struggling with peer pressure or temptations. Brewer and Stucky encourage readers to be themselves and be an example to friends, family, and strangers.

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5) The Continuous Atonement for Teens

Brad Wilcox's The Continuous Atonement will help you and your teen understand the Atonement and what it isn't.

This teen adaptation will help teenagers better understand and apply the Atonement in their lives and prepare them to them teach the nuances of the Atonement to others, whether on a mission, at home, or with friends. Their testimony and relationship with the Savior will grow and evolve in a lasting way.

All the chapters focus on one question and uses stories to explain and teach principles. The chapters also contain a Prepare to Teach section to assist readers and they share with others the principles they've learned.

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6) Be Still My Soul

In his latest CD, Be Still, My Soul: Classic Hymns and British Folk Songs, Alex Boyé expresses his love and testimony with this new, unique CD. Boyé shares not just classic hymns, but also a few of his favorite folk melodies from his homeland, England. This CD features songs like "There Is a Green Hill Far Away," "Be Still, My Soul," and "How Great Thou Art" in addition to others.

Whether in an intimate fireside setting, or performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Alex shares his musical testimony in a powerful way.

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7) When Times Are Tough

In this book, John Bytheway gives five scriptures that will help comfort, guide and instruct us when we face trials in our lives. 

 In this uplifting book for all ages, the author shows how power, hope, and perspective are found in the scriptures. In addition to identifying five scriptures that will help us get through difficult time, John offers scriptural insights that will strengthen marriages, improve family relationships, build faith, and motivate to action. In his distinctive way, with humor and stories,  John explains how we can be lifted by the gospel when times are easy and lean on the gospel "when times are tough."

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