Why do we have adversity?
PREPARE YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY - What adversities have you experienced? What have you learned from
them? What has helped you deal with them? Are there appropriate experiences you could share
with the young women? Ponder and pray about the young women in your class. What challenges
and trials are they experiencing? How are they dealing with adversity in their lives?
Adversity makes us stronger by Melanie Day
Handout and Ideas from Vanessa
Parable of the Popper
The Idea Door
The Things I Love
Chalkboard Discussion: Write two headings on the chalkboard: Trial and Lessons to Be Learned. Ask class members to suggest some trials people their age might suffer. List these on the chalkboard under the first heading. The list could include doing poorly on a school assignment, breaking an arm or a leg, losing a game, moving away from friends, facing the death of a loved one, or having a long or debilitating disease. Then discuss with class members lessons that can be learned through each trial. For example, losing a game may teach us humility or give us greater empathy for others who experience disappointment. The death of a loved one may increase our testimony of the plan of salvation. List these lessons on the chalkboard under the second heading, and discuss how each lesson can help us become more like our Father in Heaven and our Savior. (Source)
I presented them all with a long stemmed red rose the thorns UNtrimmed. I explained that the roses use the thorns to protect themselves and to help them to grow and bloom. That without the thorns, animals would eat the flowers.
The thorns are a blessing to the rose, and we should be thankful for the thorns in our lives also. I asked them to remove the blossom when the flower dies, but to keep the stem as a reminder to be grateful. (Shared by Morgan Andrews)
James on Adversity
Living Young - Power Point Presentation and Handout
Count your Blessings (Hymn Book pg. 241)
Nearer, My God, To Thee (Hymn Book, pg. 100)
Where Can I Turn for Peace (Hymn Book, pg. 129)
“Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. … [Some trials] are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more” (Elder Richard G. Scott, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 18; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 16).
Why do we have adversity? by Melanie Day