Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these resources and others that have helped you turn to the Savior in times of need.
Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 81–84
W. Christopher Waddell, “A Pattern for Peace,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 90–92
Neill F. Marriott, “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 30–32
Dallin H. Oaks, “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 61–64
“Adversity,” True to the Faith (2004), 8–11
Music for youth theme: “Lay it Down”
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:
- Invite the young women to read the section titled “Trusting in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ” on pages 10–11 of True to the Faith. What do they learn about how Jesus Christ can help them in their trials?
- 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.
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:
- Invite the young women to study portions of President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” particularly Eliza R. Snow’s experience. What experiences would the young women like to share when they found joy in difficult situations? To help the young women think of things that bring them joy, divide the class into two teams. Give each team a limited amount of time, and challenge them to write as many things as they can that bring them joy. When they are finished, invite them to search President Nelson’s talk for things to add to their lists. What can they do to remember things that bring them joy in difficult times?
- 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 and hardships people face. Review as a class either Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ” or Bishop W. Christopher Waddell’s talk “A Pattern for Peace,” looking for insights about how the Savior can help us during times of hardship. Have the young women role-play helping a friend who is experiencing some of the hardships that they listed. Invite them to share insights from the talk as they role-play. You could also show the video “Mountains to Climb” and invite them to share their insights.
- Invite the young women to read or watch the story about how Sister Neill F. Marriott coped with her daughter’s death (in the talk “Yielding Our Hearts to God”). Ask them to think about the following question as they read or watch: How did the Atonement help Sister Marriott during her 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.