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Trials / Adversity

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FHE Scripture


D&C 122:7

7- And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.


FHE Lesson Hymn


The Wise Man and the Foolish Man- Primary Song 281 or Let Us All Press On Hymn 243

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

1. The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the rains came tumbling down.

2. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the rock stood still.

3. The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down.

4. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand washed away.

Rock: Plant right fist solidly in palm of left hand.
Rains: Let hands descend from high in the air.
Floods: Raise hands with palms up.
Sand: Wiggle fingers and move arms back and forth in front of body.
Washed away: Wiggle fingers and move arms out away from the body.

Let Us All Press On

1. Let us all press on in the work of the Lord,
That when life is o’er we may gain a reward;
In the fight for right let us wield a sword,
The mighty sword of truth.

Fear not, though the enemy deride;
Courage, for the Lord is on our side.
We will heed not what the wicked may say,
But the Lord alone we will obey.

[Chorus: Alto, Tenor, and Bass]
Fear not, courage, though the enemy deride;
We must be victorious, for the Lord is on our side.
We’ll not fear the wicked nor give heed to what they say,
But the Lord, our Heav’nly Father, him alone we will obey.

2. We will not retreat, though our numbers may be few
When compared with the opposite host in view;
But an unseen pow’r will aid me and you
In the glorious cause of truth.

3. If we do what’s right we have no need to fear,
For the Lord, our helper, will ever be near;
In the days of trial his Saints he will cheer,
And prosper the cause of truth.


FHE Lesson


*For Younger Children* Share the kite analogy (taken from the Family Home Evening Resource Book) and make kites as a family (this can be the activity). Discuss the importance of trying our best to face our trials.


Compare life to a kite:

Kite: Each one of us

Wind: Trials, like the wind, push against us each day. The resistance they provide, like the wind, keeps us, like the kite, up and going.

String: We have the gospel, which, like the string of the kite, directs, controls, and anchors our lives.

Have each family member make a kite (instructions are listed in the activity section below).

Once you have made kites, explain that we can get courage and strength to meet future trials. The Lord blesses us and can help us overcome our trials.

Testify of the importance of striving to face our trials.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Read of Joseph Smith’s experience in Liberty Jail. Discuss the things Joseph Smith learned from the experience and what we can learn.

Discuss the Prophet Joseph Smith’s experience in Liberty Jail. (D&C 121-122)

What are some of the blessings that came to the prophet and which, as a consequence of the D&C record, have come to all of us as a result of this experience?

Joseph Smith stated “I think I could never have felt as I do now if I had not suffered. It has awakened my soul to the love of God.”

Read D&C 121:7

What can we learn from the fact that the prophet Joseph Smith received the blessing of peace in Liberty Jail?

Testify of the importance of enduring and learning from our trials.



FHE Treat


Edible Indian Corn or Acorn Dough Nuts

Edible Indian Corn


4 tablespoons of butter
4 cups of mini marshmallows
5 cups of puffed corn cereal
1 1/3 cups diced dried fruit
Popsicle sticks
Fruit leather


1- In a large pot, melt butter and mini marshmallows over low heat (about 5 minutes).

2- Remove the mixture from the stove and use a wooden spoon to stir in puffed corn cereal and diced dried fruit. Allow the mixture to cool for about 10 minutes.

3- Using buttered hands, shape each treat by pressing 1/3 cup of the mixture around a Popsicle stick. Add fruit leather husks to the bottom of the ear, slightly moistening them to help them stick if needed. Makes 15 treats.

Acorn Dough Nuts


Chocolate Frosting or Peanut Butter
Crumbled Toffee


1- Frost a third or so of a plain or glazed doughnut hole with chocolate frosting or peanut butter.

2- Roll the frosted top in crumbled toffee (look for it in the baking section of grocery stores), then add a small piece of a pretzel for the stem.


(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)


FHE Game / Activity



1- Ping-Pong Basketball.

2- Make Kites (like those discussed in the lesson for younger children).

a- Cut a small kite out of paper and attach a tail made of string, twine or yarn.

b- Write on small pieces of paper some of the major trials you have undergone in life. Generally these would be situations that have required endurance, patience and persistence–such as serious illness, death, a handicap, a failure, a new job, etc. Small children could draw things they have learned to do, like buttoning clothes and tying shoes.

c- Glue these papers on the kite’s tail.




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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.


  1. I am looking forward to our children and grandchildren coming up for Thanksgiving and sharing this lesson with them. We have all gone through many trials this year and still on going, so to remind us all of our Heavenly Fathers love

    • Trials are hard and some years can be harder than others. It is great when we can help strengthen family members when times are tough. Hope this FHE lesson helps. Let me know how it goes.

  2. Great lesson, thanks! My kids really related to the analogy of the kite. I appreciate that everything for a whole FHE was right there, from the song to the treat and a lesson.

  3. I am having some members and two recently baptized for dinner this evening. I thought this would be great to have a brief discussion after we had eaten and visited.

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