My daughter is preparing for baptism. One of the things I encouraged her to do was to go up in front of the ward and bear testimony. She is seven years old, and very concerned about what other people think of her. Though she used to bear testimony regularly as a small child, she hasn't for some time after developing excruciating shyness in front of an audience.
I told her that bearing her testimony in Church on Fast Sunday might be a good thing to do before making the covenant to stand as God's witness. She agreed to do it, but her fears soon overtook her.
"But I don't know what to say," she said.
"You say what you believe in. What the gospel of Jesus Christ means to you."
"I'm going to be nervous."
"Most people are nervous, sweetheart. If you want me to, I'll go up with you."
She nodded, but still looked doubtful. "That would be good, mommy."
"I will stand up with you and hold your hand, if you like."
"Will you whisper what to say?"