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I had the opportunity to speak in church this last week, and was instructed to base my comments on the article “You Are Free” by D. Todd Christoffersen, from the March 2013 Ensign.
The gospel, said President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), “is a plan of freedom that gives discipline to appetite and direction to behavior.” This plan puts us on a path of increasing knowledge and capacity, increasing grace and light. It is the freedom to become what you can and ought to be.
Then again in D&C 68: 6 “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you”.
Acts 23: 11 , D&C 78:18, and D&C 61:36 also instruct us to “Be of good cheer”.
We are always responsible for the decisions we make, and we cannot blame circumstance, or family, or the weather, should we choose to disobey God’s commandments.
We are on this earth to gain experience, and it is through trials and tribulations that we experience growth.
READER CHALLENGE: Count the Blessings if you life this week. Grab a notebook, and jot down every good thing that happens.
FHE IDEA/OBJECT LESSON: Start the lesson by holding up a blank sheet of paper. Tell the group that it represents our lives. We do all have many problems and disappointments in our lives; (ex. having a flat tire in the middle of the desert, having to care for a sick relative, missing an airplane or bus, or losing a father or mother). Be specific with these problems. As you name each problem, tear a small piece of paper off. Do this until the entire sheet has been torn into pieces. Some might look at this pile of paper and say, “Look at this. My whole life has been nothing but problems.” Yet others would look at this pile of paper, pick up the paper, and toss it in the air as confetti to celebrate the gift of their lives and the problems they have overcome. (If you’d like, you can actually throw the confetti in the air.) Share your desire for them that they might find joy among the trials, for these trials strengthen you and bring blessings. (idea from Mormon Share)