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How can I find solutions to my challenges and problems?

Self-reliance includes the ability to find solutions to our own problems and challenges. Many of these solutions are found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves us and wants to help us. We should pray for guidance as we seek answers to our challenges in the scriptures and the words of the prophets and apostles.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand how the gospel can help with life’s challenges?

Proverbs 3:5–6; Matthew 11:28–30; Mark 4:36–39; Alma 7:11–13; Alma 37:35–37; 38:5 (Seek the Lord’s help with challenges and problems)

Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 121–24

Richard G. Scott, “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 92–95

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Like a Broken Vessel,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 40–42; see also the video “Like a Broken Vessel”

Physical and Emotional Health,” For the Strength of Youth (2012), 25–27

Video: “Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention”

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:

  • Invite the young women to name some challenges or problems youth their age are facing, and write their responses on the board. Ask the young women to identify some unhealthy or unproductive things youth might do to cope with these problems. Throughout the lesson, invite the young women to look for ways the truths of the gospel can help.
  • Share an experience from your own life in which the gospel provided answers or assistance for a specific problem or challenge. Invite the young women to share similar experiences from their own lives.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the young women learn how to find solutions to their own challenges. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best in your class:

  • Invite the young women to think of a challenge or problem that young women today face. Ask them to browse the topic index in the most recent conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona, looking for topics that could help address that problem. Invite them to search one of the talks related to those topics and share with the class a statement that could help a young woman overcome her challenges. Encourage the young women to use the topic index to find help with their own challenges.
  • Invite the young women to read the last two paragraphs of “Physical and Emotional Health” in For the Strength of Youth and look for counsel that could help them or people they know. What are some examples of “healthy solutions” we should seek when we have problems? What solutions does the gospel of Jesus Christ offer?
  • Share the following statement by President Thomas S. Monson: “My dear sisters, your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there” (“We Never Walk Alone,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 123–24). Invite the young women to share experiences in which they felt God’s love during a difficult challenge. Ask each young woman to read one of the scriptures from this outline and share how it could help someone who is facing a challenge or problem that is common among youth today. What does it mean to “trust in the Lord” or come unto Christ when we need help? Are there other scriptures the young women can think of that could help with specific challenges or problems?
  • Ask the young women to think of someone they know who is struggling with mental or emotional challenges. Give each young woman a copy of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Like a Broken Vessel.” Ask them to look for answers to his question “How do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love?” You might also show the video “Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention.” Invite the young women to share what they learn and to discuss how these teachings could help the person they are thinking of.
  • Ask class members to think of personal challenges or problems they are facing. List on the board the four tools Elder Richard G. Scott mentions in his talk “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority,” and ask class members to study about one of the tools they feel could help them with their challenges. Invite them to share what they learn from Elder Scott’s counsel.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to find solutions to life’s challenges in the gospel of Jesus Christ? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Study the scriptures with a specific question or problem in mind. Record in a journal the impressions and answers from the Spirit.
  • Choose a topic in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet they would like to improve in. Keep a journal of their efforts and successes in the coming week.