Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 122
|Derision(v. 1)||Ridicule, contempt|
|Billowing surge(v. 7)||Large ocean waves|
|Hedge up(v. 7)||Block|
|Gape open the mouth wide after thee(v. 7)||Open wide to catch you|
Doctrine and Covenants 122:7—How Can Adversity and Suffering Be for Our Good?
President Harold B. Lee said: “Don’t be afraid of the testing and trials of life. Sometimes when you are going through the most severe tests, you will be nearer to God than you have any idea, for like the experience of the Master Himself in the temptation on the mount, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross at Calvary, the scriptures record, ‘And, behold, angels came and ministeredunto him’ (Matthew 4:11). Sometimes that may happen to you in the midst of your trials” (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee,ed. Clyde J. Williams , 192; also the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forD&C 121:7, p. 138).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 122.
Find Help during Your Trials
When people become upset over the trials and adversity they face, they often look up toward the heavens and ask, “Why me?” The Prophet Joseph Smith’s attitude was different. ReviewDoctrine and Covenants 121:2–3and list the questions he asked instead of “Why me?”
Even though the Prophet did not ask why he and the rest of the Church were having to endure such difficulties, the Lord gave him some reasons. FromDoctrine and Covenants 122:5–9, summarize what the Lord told the Prophet.
Write about something that impressed you inDoctrine and Covenants 122that will help you face trials and adversity in your life.