Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What impressions do you receive as you study?
2 Nephi 2:11 (There must be opposition in all things)
Mosiah 23:21 (God gives us adversity to test our faith)
Ether 12:27 (God gives us weakness so that we will be humble)
D&C 101:1–9 (Some adversity comes because of our own poor choices)
Thomas S. Monson, “I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013
Henry B. Eyring, “Mountains to Climb,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 23–26
Neil L. Andersen, “Trial of Your Faith,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 39–42
“Adversity,” True to the Faith (2004), 6–10
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 think of and write down one thing they learned last week and share it with the quorum. Use this as a starting point for introducing this week’s lesson.
- Write the following questions on the board, and discuss them as a quorum: Why do we have adversity? What are the causes of our trials? How do we learn from our trials? Draw pictures of a piece of coal and a diamond on the board. Ask the young men how diamonds are made from coal (through extreme pressure and heat applied over a long period of time). What does this teach us about adversity?
Each of the activities below will help quorum members learn about the purpose of adversity. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:
- Ask each young man to write down a trial he or a family member is having. Invite the young men to search the scriptures in this outline or others they know of to find something that teaches why we have adversity. Invite them to share what they find. How could this scripture help them overcome the trial they wrote down?
- Read together the first two paragraphs of “Adversity” in True to the Faith. What is the role of adversity in Heavenly Father’s plan? Assign each quorum member one of the remaining three sections about adversity in True to the Faith, and ask the young men to prepare to teach the rest of the quorum what they learn from their section. Encourage them to share a story or personal experience related to what they read.
- Draw a line down the middle of the board, and write “Why do we have adversity?” at the top of one column and “How can we face the challenges in our lives?” at the top of the other. Divide President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee” into sections, and give each young man a section to read. Ask the young men to look for answers to these questions and to write their answers on the board in the appropriate column. What insights do the young men gain from President Monson’s talk?
- Invite the young men to read about President Henry B. Eyring’s experience building foundations for houses (as told in his talk “Mountains to Climb”). What do they learn from President Eyring about preparing spiritually to face adversity? What are the young men doing now to prepare for adversity they might face in the future?
- With permission from the bishop, invite fathers of the young men to share with the quorum how Jesus Christ has helped them overcome trials. What did they learn from their experiences with adversity? Ask the fathers to share scripture as part of the discussion.
- Ask the young men to read the four paragraphs from Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Trial of Your Faith,” beginning with “These fiery trials are designed to make you stronger,” or show one of the videos suggested in this outline. Invite the young men to ponder the question “Why do we have adversity?” as they read or watch. What do they learn from this talk or video that helps them know what to do when adversity comes?
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand why we have adversity? 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:
- Lead a discussion about how the quorum can fulfill their priesthood duty to help others in their trials. They could record plans to assist them in the “Serve Others” section of their Duty to God books.
- Share his testimony of how the Savior has strengthened him in times of trial.