Thursday, October 24, 2013

How Can I Learn To Be More Patient?

Get this week's lesson here.

My husband teaches the young men on Sunday, and he's started a tradition of introducing the lessons each week with a funny home video that "semi" has to do with the lesson topic.  I've given in.  It's ridiculous.  So here is my "Patience" video to kick off the beginning of class.


Invite each young woman to write on a piece of paper a situation that would require patience (encourage them to include not just major traumas but also day-to-day irritations or inconveniences). Have them exchange papers with another young woman, write a response that would show patience, and then share with the class what they have written.

I made these papers to hand out at the beginning of class.  The girls can fill out part one and exchange their papers so they can fill out someone else's part two.

I want to mention the scripture story in Mosiah about Alma and his people who fled into the wilderness and were later captured…

Mosiah 23
21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.

Mosiah 24
10 And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God.
13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

Has this ever happened to you before?  Through the Savior's atonement, your burdens can be lightened and you can endure your trials with ease.

I've always wondered about the story where Christ was carrying his cross through the streets and they pulled a man out of the crowd to help him.  I wonder if Heavenly Father allowed that to happen so the Savior could have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have a burden lifted from His shoulders.  It's like foreshadowing of what He would do later in each of our lives.  How special must that moment have been?

If you look back at the scripture we read in Mosiah, I think a key word in the last verse was CHEERFUL ("they did submit cheerfully…").  We can't just drag ourselves through adversity, we have to continue to have a positive attitude.  No matter what we're dealing with, we can always look around and find things to be thankful for.

ACTIVITY: Give the YW ten seconds to look around the room and try to memorize everything RED in the room.  Make everyone close their eyes and catch them off guard by then asking them to list everything YELLOW they saw.  Explain to them that if we're too busy focusing on everything that's negative in our lives, we miss out on all of the positive blessings surrounding us at the same time.

When Frodo had to destroy the ring and wished it never came to him and that none of this had happened, Gandalf explained:
"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

Nerd.  Yes, I am a nerd.

Marjorie Pay Hinckley has the best quotes.  I tried to make a handout for one of them, but I ran out of room.  So it's only parts of her quote put together, but it gives the same message  … I tried.

My particular assignment right now is to prepare to be a mother.  This time spent waiting has taught me a lot about patience.  I have learned to trust in the Lord and recognize that He has a better timetable than me and that there's a reason why we haven't been able to have kids.  I don't know the reason yet, but I'm sure when I look back, everything will make sense someday.

I want to explain to the girls how there will be times when we think we know what's best.  But what we don't realize is that we only see a little piece to the puzzle and our Heavenly Father is looking at the whole picture.  I found these pictures at that I thought would make a fun activity. The girls can look at these close up shots and try and guess what each picture is.







Also, I have to share this video.  I love President Uchtdorf.  This is seriously one of my favorites…

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