Adversity :: July, 2009 Teaching For Our Times Lesson based on a General Conference Talk by LDS President Henry B Eyring

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Adversity is my July, 2009 Teachings for Our Times lesson based on a talk of the same name given by President Henry B. Eyring at the April, 2009 Semi-Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

This
is
one
of
those
General
Conference
talks
that
has
all
the
hallmarks
of
becoming
a
 ‘classic’.
It
was
the
only
talk
that
made
me
cry.
 1


President
Eyring
spoke
about
the
role
of
adversity
in
our
lives.
He
taught
very
clearly
 that
the
purpose
of
mortality
was
to
prepare
us
for
eternal
life‐‐not
mere
immortality,
 but
the
kind
of
life
that
God
has,
along
with
the
power
to
have
offspring
forever.
Part
 of
that
preparation
involves
us
becoming
the
kind
of
people
who
can
be
trusted
with
 that
kind
of
power.
The
only
way
to
do
that
is
to
expose
us
to
adversity,
hard
 challenges,
the
kinds
of
tests
that
shake
one
to
one's
foundations.

 2


In
these
latter‐days
of
government
bailouts,
plummeting
home
values,
increasingly
 double‐digit
unemployment,
terrorism
and
persecution
around
the
world,
there
is
 plenty
of
adversity
to
go
around,
plenty
of
storms.

 It
was
very
helpful
to
have
Pres.
Eyring
remind
me
–
because
I’m
sorry
but
this
talk
 was
just
for
me.
I
even
live
tweeted
that
comment
at
the
time,
generating
waves
of

 “Me
Too”
from
mormons
all
over
the
world.
It
was
helpful
to
have
him
remind
us
of
 of
the
useful
perspective
that
the
Gospel
supplies
regarding
our
troubles,
and
how
to
 transcend
them.
Note
that
I
did
not
say
'avoid'
them,
or
even
resolve'
them.
Not
 every
challenge
yields
a
direct
solution.

 Note:
Not
every
question
can
be
answered
by
Google.

 3


Some
things
are,
and
will
continue
to
be,
outside
of
my,
or
your,
control.
As
many
of
 you
know,
over
the
past
year
my
family
has
been
facing
a
long,
deep
trial
that
quite
 frankly
would
have
broken
apart
many
families,
especially
those
who
do
not
have
the
 benefit
of
the
gospel
in
their
lives.
We
are
so
blessed
to
have
opened
our
door,
our
 hearts
and
our
minds
to
Elders
Lewis
and
Allison
on
that
warm
Autumn
afternoon.
 Even
if
I
cannot
control
what
happens
outside
my
control,
I
can
control
my
response.
 This
was
perhaps
the
biggest
lesson
I
have
personally
learned.
Choosing
the
Gospel
 and
the
teachings
of
Christ
are
getting
me
through
this
time
of
adversity.
 As
President
Eyring
teaches,
the
Lord
uses
adversity
to
bring
about
His
purposes
and
 to
help
us
learn
valuable
lessons.

As
we
examine
the

scriptures
and
the
history
of
 the
Church,
we
can
see
how
the
Lord
uses
adversity
to
bring
about
His
purposes
and
 to
help
us
learn
valuable
lessons.
 4


What
is
the
place
for
adversity
in
our
lives?
As
we
examine
the
history
of
the
Church
 and
accounts
from
the
scriptures,
we
can
see
how
the
Lord
uses
adversity
to
bring
 about
His
purposes
and
to
help
us
learn
valuable
lessons.
 5


Through
adversity
or,
as
President
Eyring
puts
it:
“education”
we
experience,
“misery
 and
happiness,
sickness
and
health,
the
sadness
from
sin
and
the
joy
of
forgiveness.
 That
forgiveness
can
come
only
through
the
infinite
Atonement
of
the
Savior,
which
 He
worked
out
through
pain
we
could
not
bear
and
which
we
can
only
faintly
 comprehend.
 It
will
comfort
us
when
we
must
wait
in
distress
for
the
Savior’s
promised
relief
that
 He
knows,
from
experience,
how
to
heal
and
help
us.
The
Book
of
Mormon
gives
us
 the
certain
assurance
of
His
power
to
comfort.
And
faith
in
that
power
will
give
us
 patience
as
we
pray
and
work
and
wait
for
help.
He
could
have
known
how
to
succor
 us
simply
by
revelation,”
 6


President
Eyring
reminds
us
about
the
poor
in
Alma
34.
 
“Once
they
had
repented
and
were
converted,
they
were
still
poor.
But
He
sent
them
 to
do
for
others
what
they
might
reasonably
have
thought
was
beyond
them
and
 which
they
still
needed.
They
were
to
give
others
what
they
would
have
hoped
He
 would
give
them.
Through
His
servant,
the
Lord
gave
these
poor
converts
this
hard
 task:
 
“After
ye
have
done
all
these
things,
if
ye
turn
away
the
needy,
and
the
naked,
and
 visit
not
the
sick
and
afflicted,
and
impart
of
your
substance,
if
ye
have,
to
those
who
 stand
in
need—I
say
unto
you,
if
ye
do
not
any
of
these
things,
behold,
your
prayer
is
 vain,
and
availeth
you
nothing,
and
ye
are
as
hypocrites
who
do
deny
the
faith.
 That
may
seem
much
to
ask
of
people
in
such
great
need
themselves.
 7


Even
when
you
feel
the
truth
of
that
capacity
and
kindness
of
the
Lord
to
deliver
you
 in
your
trials,
it
may
still
test
your
courage
and
strength
to
endure.


 The
Prophet
Joseph
Smith
faced
adversity.
Clearly.
When
he
was
held
in
the
Libery
jail
 in
1839,
D&C
121:
1‐2
states
that
he
cried
out:
 “O
God,
where
art
thou?
And
where
is
the
pavilion
that
covereth
thy
hiding
place?
 “How
long
shall
thy
hand
be
stayed,
and
thine
eye,
yea
thy
pure
eye,
behold
from
the
 eternal
heavens
the
wrongs
of
thy
people
and
of
thy
servants,
and
thine
ear
be
 penetrated
with
their
cries?
 8


Chalkboard
discussion
 •
What
kinds
of
adversity
can
we
choose
to
avoid?

List
responses
in
a
column
on
the
 chalkboard.

 e.g.
poor
health
or
addiction
because
of
breaking
the
Word
of
Wisdom,
family
 quarrels
because
of
selfishness
and
greed,
guilt
or
punishment
because
of
breaking
 the
law
of
the
land,
or
any
other
adversity
brought
on
by
our
own
poor
choices.
 Explain
that
if
we
are
facing
adversity
that
comes
from
sin,
work
toward
repenting
of
 that
sin.
Repenting
of
the
sin
will
help
remove
or
reduce
the
adversity.

 Sometimes,
we
face
adversity
brought
on
by
other
people.
 •
What
kinds
of
adversity
might
come
to
us
regardless
of
our
own
choices?
List
 responses
in
a
second
column
on
the
chalkboard.

 e.g.
illness
or
disability,
injuries
or
financial
losses;
accidents;
unemployment;
lapsed
 family
members,
etc.
 We
cannot
choose
to
avoid
these
kinds
of
trials
but
we
can
determine
how
we
will
 react
to
them
and
what
we
learn
from
how
we
respond.
If
we
regard
our
trials
as
 opportunities
to
learn
and
grow,
they
can
become
blessings
for
us.
 9


President
Eyring
reassures
us:
“
I
have
seen
faith
and
courage
come
from
a
testimony
 that
it
is
true
that
we
are
being
prepared
for
eternal
life.
The
Lord
will
rescue
His
 faithful
disciples.
And
the
disciple
who
accepts
a
trial
as
an
invitation
to
grow
and
 therefore
qualify
for
eternal
life
can
find
peace
in
the
midst
of
the
struggle.”
 He
compares
the
story
of
a
young
man
he
had
recently
met
who
had
prepared
for
 challenging
times
with
that
of
the
prophet
Alma.
The
young
man,
had
prepared
more
 than
food
storage
and
financial
savings;
he
had
begun
to
prepare
his
heart
to
be
 worthy
of
the
Lord’s
help
which
he
knew
he
would
in
the
near
future
need.

Perhaps
 most
telling
is
the
young
man’s
wife.
Her
response,
upon
learning
her
husband
had
 lost
his
job,
was
with
cheerfulness
in
her
voice.
Cheerfulness!
Why?
She
was
filled
 with
faith
that
the
Lord
had
given
them
a
trial.
They
had
visited
with
their
bishop.
 They
were
full‐tithe
payers.
And
the
sense
of
peace
the
Lord
promised
would
be
with
 them
during
this
trial.
Think
of
the
last
trial
you
were
faced
with
and
your
response
–
 was
it
cheerful?
 Alma
teaches:
“Yea,
he
that
truly
humbleth
himself,
and
repenteth
of
his
sins,
and
 endureth
to
the
end,
the
same
shall
be
blessed—yea,
much
more
blessed
than
they
 who
are
compelled
to
be
humble
because
of
their
exceeding
poverty.”
 10


Through
adversity
or,
as
President
Eyring
puts
it:
“education”
we
experience,
“misery
 and
happiness,
sickness
and
health,
the
sadness
from
sin
and
the
joy
of
forgiveness.
 That
forgiveness
can
come
only
through
the
infinite
Atonement
of
the
Savior,
which
 He
worked
out
through
pain
we
could
not
bear
and
which
we
can
only
faintly
 comprehend.
 It
will
comfort
us
when
we
must
wait
in
distress
for
the
Savior’s
promised
relief
that
 He
knows,
from
experience,
how
to
heal
and
help
us.
The
Book
of
Mormon
gives
us
 the
certain
assurance
of
His
power
to
comfort.
And
faith
in
that
power
will
give
us
 patience
as
we
pray
and
work
and
wait
for
help.
He
could
have
known
how
to
succor
 us
simply
by
revelation,”
 This
is
where
I
lost
it.
President
Eyring
shares
a
story
about
a
friend
of
his
who
served
 as
a
Bishop
when
his
daughters
were
still
at
home
 11


His
story:

 His
health
began
a
slow
decline.
I
can’t
remember
all
the
ailments
he
suffered.
He
 needed
surgery.
He
was
in
constant
pain.
Yet
every
time
I
visited
him
to
give
him
 comfort,
he
turned
the
tables;
I
always
was
the
one
comforted.
His
back
and
legs
 forced
him
to
use
a
cane
to
walk.
Yet
there
he
was
in
church,
always
sitting
near
the
 door,
where
he
could
greet
those
arriving
early,
with
a
smile.
 I
will
never
forget
the
feeling
of
wonder
and
admiration
which
came
over
me
when
I
 opened
the
back
door
at
home
and
saw
him
coming
up
our
driveway.
It
was
the
day
 we
put
out
our
garbage
cans
to
be
picked
up
by
city
workers.
I
had
put
the
can
out
in
 the
morning.
But
there
he
was
dragging
my
garbage
can
up
the
hill
with
one
hand
 while
he
balanced
himself
with
a
cane
in
his
other
hand.
He
was
giving
me
the
help
he
 thought
I
needed
when
he
needed
it
far
more
than
I
did.
And
he
was
helping
with
a
 smile
and
without
being
asked.
 12


Chalkboard
Discussion
 Discuss
some
trials
people
at
their
(your)
stage
of
life
might
endure.
Less
about
age,
 more
about,
for
example,
being
a
mom
or
a
student
or
taking
care
of
a
parent.
You
 could
be
a
student
at
20
and
face
the
trial
of
a
poor
semester
at
school
or
at
40
 returning
to
school.
Or
a
mom
faced
with
a
child’s
newly
diagnosed
illness.
It
could
be
 breaking
an
arm
or
moving
house.
Or
caregiving
for
a
parent
or
family
member
that
 may
be
different
for
someone
who
never
had
children.
Or
if
it
is
too
personal,
ask
to
 share
the
experience
of
a
friend
or
family
member.
 Discuss
the
lessons
that
were
learned
through
each
trial.
For
example,
The
death
of
a
 loved
one
may
increase
our
testimony
of
the
plan
of
salvation.
List
these
lessons
on
 the
chalkboard
under
the
second
heading,
and
discuss
how
each
lesson
can
help
us
 become
more
like
our
Father
in
Heaven
and
our
Savior.
Draw
the
point
out
about
the
 lessons
learned
as
blessings
as
compared
with
the
trial
that
was
endured.
 13


For
everyday
questions
and
times
of
adversity,
there
is
The
Ultimate
Answer.
 Don’t
let
adversity
define
your
life
–
see
it
as
the
gift
that
it
is
from
the
Lord
to
help
 teach
us
become
more
like
Him.
 He
promises
us
the
absolute
power
to
overcome
all
things.

 I
bear
my
testimony
that
the
Savior
lives.
His
Atonement
makes
everything
possible.

 <Refer
to
slide>
 14


During
some
of
my
personal
darkest
moments
over
the
last
year,
all
I
had
to
do
was
 think
about
the
betrayal
of
our
Savior
by
those
closest
to
him
and
how
endured
the
 outcome
of
that
betrayal.
He
lived
a
life
of
perfection.
He
suffered
and
endured
until
 the
end.
He
can
and
will
give
us
strength
to
rise
through
every
trial.

 President
Monson
is
the
Lord’s
prophet.
As
President
Eyring
testified,
President
 Monson
holds
all
the
keys
of
the
priesthood.
This
is
the
Lord’s
true
Church
restored
 on
this
earth
by
the
Lord’s
prophet
Joseph
Smith.
Through
this
church
and
the
 scriptures,
we
are
being
blessed
to
help
others
He
places
in
our
path.
I
leave
this
 lesson
with
you
in
the
name
of
Jesus
Christ,
amen.
 15


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