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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 17:3Helaman 5:12; D&C 19:23; 68:6 (Jesus Christ can give us strength and ease our burdens)

Mosiah 23:21–22; 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

David A. Bednar, “The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality,” Ensign, Apr. 2012, 40–47

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”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Select one of the stories Elder David A. Bednar shares in his article “The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality” (see the section titled “Illustrations and Implications”), and share it with the young women. What do they learn from the story about how the Atonement can help them during their trials? What similar examples can the young women share?
  • Give each young woman a small piece of paper and ask her to write down a trial she is going through. Ask the young women to ponder how Jesus Christ can give them strength during this trial. Invite them to share their thoughts and feelings if they feel comfortable doing so.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the young women 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 class:

  • Divide the young women into groups. Have each group read one or more of the scriptures in this outline and summarize what they read. Invite the young women 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 women to share what they learn from the experience of Alma and his people. With permission from the bishop, invite some of their mothers 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 women 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 women to ponder and write down ways they can follow Brittany’s example as they face their own trials.
  • Invite the young women 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 woman a passage from Elder Cook’s talk or show the video “Mountains to Climb,” and ask the young women to share insights they gain that would help a friend in this situation.
  • Invite the young women 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 women to think about a trial they are currently experiencing. How can they draw strength from the Atonement?

Ask the young women 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?

Live what we are learning

Give the young women time to write down what they can do to exercise greater faith in Jesus Christ to receive strength in their trials. Invite them to share their experiences in the next class.