Book of Mormon FHE Lesson - God Allows the Righteous to Suffer

Book of Mormon FHE Lesson – God Allows the Righteous to Suffer

When Alma and Amulek were forced to watch the martyrdom of women and children by fire, they learned God allows the righteous to suffer. In this Book of Mormon FHE lesson, we learn about the purpose of suffering, how to turn to God when we suffer, and the role of agency in God’s plan. 

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Scripture

Alma 14:10-11

And when Amulek saw the pains of the women and children who were consuming in the fire, he also was pained; and he said unto Alma: How can we witness this awful scene? Therefore let us stretch forth our hands, and exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames. But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand.

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Hymn

Nearer, My God, To Thee | Hymn #100

1. Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me.
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

2. Though like the wanderer,
The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

3. There let the way appear,
Steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me,
In mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Begin the lesson with the following activity. Gather a number of heavy books. Have each child hold out their arms. As you place each book into their arms, state that it represents either a gospel principle or a bad thing that can happen in life. You want to list at least one of each. Examples include keeping the commandments, people saying mean things, serving others, and getting physically hurt. Have the children hold the books for as long as possible with as many books as possible. Then, begin the lesson.

Read aloud: Jesus promises to help us carry heavy loads. We can hope for that! But as a part of our test on earth, we will face times when we have to carry something heavy ourselves. We will feel pain and suffering.

In the Book of Mormon, Alma and Amulek were in a wicked city. They were forced to watch as bad people killed followers of Jesus Christ. Their hearts were broken and they even asked why God didn’t save everyone. They learned that God lets people make choices, even bad ones, and those wicked people will be judged one day.

Ask: What does agency mean?

Read aloud: Agency means we have the ability to choose between right and wrong. God gave us agency because he wants to see if we will choose to follow him. He will never take away our agency. So when someone makes a bad choice, God will try to talk to them through the Holy Ghost, but he won’t ever force someone to do something. He promises us that even when people make bad choices that affect us, we will be remembered. But it still hurts sometimes.

Ask: Do you ever feel angry or upset with God when bad things happen to you?

Have a discussion about how to have faith in God when we suffer. Discuss any relevant tragedies or current events that illustrate how bad things happen in the world, but also the good that they’ve seen. Reaffirm to children that Jesus Christ is a source of comfort and peace, no matter the circumstances. Finish with your testimony.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think about what this video teaches us about why we suffer and how God helps us when suffering comes.

Ask: What does this video teach us about suffering in this life?

Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon Alma and Amulek witnessed believers of Christ, mostly women and children, thrown into a fire and killed because of their faith. When they saw how horrible the death of these people was, they so wanted to reach out their hands and save the people. However, the Spirit constrained them.

Have someone read Alma 14:11 out loud.

Ask: What does this scripture teach us about agency? Why doesn’t God interfere with agency?

Read aloud: President Boyd K. Packer reminds us of an eternal perspective helps us survive and grow from suffering, especially when it is unfair and the result of other people.

He said, “Some are born with so little and others with so much, some in poverty, with handicaps, with pain, with suffering, premature death even of innocent children. There are the brutal, unforgiving forces of nature and the brutality of man to man. Do not suppose that God willfully causes that, which for His own purposes, he permits. When you know the plan and purpose of it all, even these things will manifest a loving Father in Heaven.”

It is natural, when we suffer, to become angry or upset at God. These aren’t feelings we should hide from God, but we do need to work through them.

Ask: How can we turn to God when we suffer? Is there an experience you’d like to share?

Finish by sharing relevant experiences and bearing your testimony.

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FHE TreatTreat

Apple Cookies

Ingredients:

-1 apple
-2 tablespoons peanut butter
-Pecans
-Coconut shreds
-Chocolate chips

(Each apple is designed to serve one. Make as many as you need)

Directions:

1. Slice apple into thin rings and remove the core. Spread peanut butter over one side of the ring.

2. Top with pecans, coconut shreds, and chocolate chips.

(Courtesy of A Household Almanac)

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Book of Mormon Video

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