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How can the Atonement help me during my trials?

As part of His atoning sacrifice, the Savior took upon Himself our pains and sicknesses. Because He has experienced our trials, He knows how to help us. When we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, He will give us strength and ease our burdens. 

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you prepare, prayerfully study these resources and others that have helped you turn to the Savior in times of need.

Matthew 11:28–30; Philippians 4:13; 1 Nephi 17:3; Helaman 5:12; D&C 19:23; 68:6 (Jesus Christ can give us strength and ease our burdens)

Mosiah 23:12–16; 24:8–17 (The Lord strengthens the people of Alma to help them bear their burdens)

Isaiah 53:3–5; Alma 7:11–13 (Jesus Christ understands our suffering because He experienced it)

Quentin L. Cook, “Personal Peace: The Reward of Righteousness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 32–36

Shayne M. Bowen, “‘Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also,’” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 15–17

Adversity,” True to the Faith (2004), 8–11

Video: “God Will Lift Us Up,” “Mountains to Climb”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review the doctrine from last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask the young men to talk about some of the things they learned in last week’s lesson. Give them time to share any experiences they have had as they have put into action what they learned.
  • Give each quorum member a piece of paper and ask him to write down a trial he is going through. Ask the young men to ponder how Jesus Christ can give them strength during their trials. Encourage them to write down thoughts or impressions they have about how to overcome this trial as they learn about the doctrine of the Atonement.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand how the Atonement can help them during their trials. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about the Atonement (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Divide the quorum into groups. Have each group read one or more of the scriptures in this outline and summarize what they read to the quorum. Invite the young men to write down how the things they learn from these scriptures can help them overcome their trials. Encourage them to share what they wrote, if they feel comfortable doing so. Consider sharing your own experiences.
  • As a class, read Mosiah 24:8–17. Invite the young men to share what they learn from the experience of Alma and his people. With permission from the bishop, invite some of their fathers to come to the class and share how the Savior has strengthened them in their trials.
  • Show the video “God Will Lift Us Up.” How would the young men answer the question posed by Elder Robert D. Hales at the beginning of the video? What did Brittany do to find strength to overcome her trial? Invite the young men to ponder and write down ways they can follow Brittany’s example as they face their own trials.
  • Invite the young men to read or watch the story about how Elder Shayne M. Bowen coped with the loss of his son (in the talk “‘Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also’”). Ask them to think about the following question as they read or watch: How did the Atonement help Elder Bowen during his trial? Invite them to share their thoughts. Ask the young men to think about a trial they are currently experiencing. How can they draw strength from the Atonement?
  • Invite the young men to list some of the tragedies that have happened in the world (for some examples of tragedies, see the first seven paragraphs of Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk “Personal Peace: The Reward of Righteousness”). How would they help a friend who is experiencing personal hardships? Give each young man a passage from Elder Cook’s talk or show the video “Mountains to Climb,” and ask the young men to share insights they gain that would help a friend in this situation.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how the Atonement can help them during their trials? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share an experience in which the Savior helped him face a trial and challenge quorum members to rely on the Savior to face their trials.
  • Lead a discussion on how quorum members can use what they learned today to encourage someone in need of the Savior’s help.