This FHE lesson on faith goes over why our faith needs to be tested and how we can hold onto our faith in such times.
Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;
1. I’m much too young to go abroad
To teach and preach the word of God,
But I can show I know it’s true,
Quite simply, by the things I do.
2. The people in my neighborhood
Will judge the gospel bad or good
By how I act at work and play,
And not just on the Sabbath day.
3. I’ll take my friends to church with me,
Where I will act with dignity.
My rev’rence and my happy face
Will tell them it’s a sacred place.
4. In ev’rything I do they’ll see
I am what I profess to be.
Then when the elders find their door,
they’ll say, “Come in and tell us more.”
Begin the lesson by placing a piece of paper on a flat surface, such as a table or countertop. Then, stack a number of books on it. Ask the children what the paper is doing. If they need more prompting you can ask if the paper is holding up the books or getting squished.
Then, take the paper and roll it so it makes a cylinder. Use a piece of tape to secure it. Place a book on top of it. The paper should be able to hold the book. Ask the question again.
Read aloud: This piece of paper is like our faith. If we do nothing, our faith can’t hold us up. When we have questions or go through trials, our faith won’t be strong. However, when we work to grow our faith, it becomes strong.
Ask: What are some ways we can make our faith strong?
Read aloud: One of the ways Heavenly Father strengthens our faith is by testing it. In the Book of Mormon, we are taught, “ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”
Our faith can be tried in many ways. We may not receive a direct answer to a prayer. We may be asked to do something hard. We may go through a hard situation that makes us feel very sad. In these times, Heavenly Father wants to see if we will use our faith to trust him. When we do, our faith grows.
Share a personal experience when your faith was tried or tested. If your children are old enough, you can ask them about times they’ve felt their faith was tested.
Ask: What can we do to strengthen our faith when it is being tested?
Finish the lesson 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 faith.
Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon, Moroni teaches us about faith.
Have someone read Ether 12:6 aloud:
And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
Read aloud: In order to grow in faith, God must test our faith. This can be done in many ways and is personal to each of us. Elder Neil L. Andersen taught:
Like the intense fire that transforms iron into steel, as we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened.
Ask: What are some examples of a trial of faith, in general or from your own experiences? How were you able to keep your faith strong?
Share a personal example of a time your faith was tested and what you did to get through it. Finish the lesson with your testimony.
For Single Study
Read or watch the talk Trial of Your Faith. Pay special attention to how you can strengthen your faith. Record your impressions. Think of how your faith is being tried right now and what you’re learning from it.
Mexican Street Corn Dip
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 white onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups corn kernels (fresh or thawed)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup whole milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup crumbled cotija cheese
⅓ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more as needed)
2 limes, cut into wedges
1. In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more.
2. Add the corn and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
3. Add the milk and cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese until it’s fully melted.
4. Arrange the tortilla chips in an even layer on a platter, and pour the corn mixture evenly over it.
5. Sprinkle the cilantro and cotija cheese evenly over the dip, and drizzle the sour cream across it. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, then serve immediately with lime wedges.
(Courtesy of purewow.com)
Plant a few seeds to be grown indoors. Discuss how faith is like a little seed.