I taught another RS lesson on Sunday, and yes, I must say, I rocked. Not because I’m that great of a teacher, but because I don’t take myself too seriously (let’s face it, nobody does), I let the great parts of the lesson come out, and let people share their own great stories and testimonies. And, I bring treats. Treats always make the class more receptive and more willing to share. Really. I try to relate the treats in some way to the lesson, but sometimes it’s hard, and by the time I remember to dig some treats out of my pantry, I’ve run out of creative juices. This time the lesson was on “Faithfully Enduring Trials and Opposistion”. What does leftover Halloween candy have to do with overcoming trials? Well, the best I could come up with was: Here’s some candy for you all, since you know I always like to bring treats. You might see that there’s a Nestle Crunch bar in there, and you really would love a Nestle Crunch bar. But when the basket gets to you, all that is left is a tiny little Jolly Rancher. Well, this a trial for you, my friend, and you’re going to have to suck it up and move on. Yes, I’m so spritual that way, I know.
Now some of you -who will not be named but you know who you are (Robin)- may think that I am not at all qualified to teach a lesson on Enduring trials and adversity. You may be saying to yourself right now, “Oh, Paige has lived a perfect life and has not had to overcome anything–how can she teach that lesson?” Well, without going into the sordid details of the trials of my life, I do HAVE trials. Just yesterday I chipped a nail, right after I had worked for several minutes getting them painted nice and pretty. And earlier this morning I DIDN’T win something. I know. The list goes on and on of the trials I have endured. Once–someone didn’t like me very much, can you believe it? So, don’t think I don’t know about trials, my friend, because I do.
Anyway, I digress from what I really wanted to say. There were some awesome quotes in the lesson, and I wanted to share just one or two with you (in case you didn’t hear that lesson because you were in Primary or don’t go to Releif Society or you aren’t Mormon or ….. were just somewhere else).
–“It appears plain that it is God’s purpose to suffer His Saints to be throroughly tried and tested, so that they may prove their integrity and know the character of the foundation upon which they build.”
And another one which I just love,
“We have been called to pass through trials many times, and I do not think we should complain, because if we had no trials we should hardly feel at home in the other world in the company of the Prophets and Apostles who were sawn asunder, crucified, etc., for the word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ.” –Wilford Woodruff
So, we all have hard times in our lives and trials. Some of them last a day or a month and some of them last years or maybe a lifetime. You are not alone as you go through these trial. You Heavenly Father is there to sustain and build you up and give you strength.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to cleaning my perfect house, taking care of my perfect 3 year old and his perfect friend, while preparing for the perfect PTA Reflections assembly I’m going to put on tomorrow…..Ha Ha Ha, I crack myself up!