Joseph Smith and other early leaders of the Church suffered horrendously in Liberty Jail. In their extremity, they learned about how trials can lead to glorious revelation and connection with God. This Doctrine and Covenants FHE lesson helps us understand how we can endure our trials in a similar fashion.
My son,be unto thy soul; thine and thine afflictions shall be but a moment; And then, if thou it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy .
1. Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart,
Searching my soul?
2. Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.
3. He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end.
Begin the lesson by singing “Happy Song,” both verses. It is also found on page 264 in the Children’s Songbook.
Ask: What is needed to help a seed grow?
List the following three items.
- Good soil.
Read aloud: The soil for our seeds of testimony might represent TRUTH. When we plant our faith in the TRUTH, it has a good opportunity to grow. The sunshine might represent the WARMTH we get from feeling the Spirit by going to church, reading scriptures, or praying. Sometimes rainy days can feel gloomy when compared to the sunshine, but rainy days are also necessary for seeds to grow. The rain might represent the trials in our lives. If we endure well through the rainy days and tough times in our lives, our faith in Jesus Christ will grow and become stronger.
End with your testimony that trials help us grow and bring us closer to the SON.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching the following video.
Read the following story from Joseph B. Wirthlin: “When I was young I loved playing sports, and I have many fond memories of those days. But not all of them are pleasant. I remember one day after my football team lost a tough game, I came home feeling discouraged. My mother was there. She listened to my sad story. She taught her children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame others for their misfortunes, and give their best effort in everything they attempted.
When we fell down, she expected us to pick ourselves up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to me then wasn’t altogether unexpected. It has stayed with me all my life.
‘Joseph,’ she said, ‘come what may, and love it.’
I have often reflected on that counsel.
“How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We can’t—at least not in the moment. I don’t think my mother was suggesting that we suppress discouragement or deny the reality of pain. I don’t think she was suggesting that we smother unpleasant truths beneath a cloak of pretended happiness. But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
“If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.”
Ask: How can we follow these great examples and look to the light in our trials?
Share: Tell a personal experience about how you were made stronger by enduring a trial well. Finish with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Watch the following talk given by L. Whitney Clayton.
Ponder this quote from “Infuriating Unfairness” by Elder Dale G. Renlund: “In unfair situations, one of our tasks is to trust that ‘all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.’ Jesus Christ overcame the world and ‘absorbed’ all unfairness. Because of Him, we can have peace in this world and be of good cheer. If we let Him, Jesus Christ will consecrate the unfairness for our gain. He will not just console us and restore what was lost; He will use the unfairness for our benefit. When it comes to how and when, we need to recognize and accept, as did Alma, that ‘it mattereth not; for God knoweth all these things; and it sufficeth me to know that this is the case.’”
Hidden Treasure Cookies
The treasures that come through trials are often hidden, just like in these sweet treats.
3/4 cup softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for Dusting
1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
2. Add in vanilla.
3. Mix in the flour until combined.
4. Scoop, by Tablespoon, and roll into a ball.
5. Flatten ball and place a Rolo in the center.
6. Wrap dough around Rolo and roll back into a ball.
7. Place on cookie sheets.
8. Bake at 350 for about 10-13 minutes.
9. Cool, and dip tops in powdered sugar.
(Courtesy of amygoodies.blogspot.com)
Rain Showers Bring Flowers Fingerpaint Craft
Make this craft to remember that rainy, hard days can bring beauty and blessings. You can also use sponges and paintbrushes if you don’t want to get your fingers messy.