2 Nephi 2:11
11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
After Lehi and his family had been in the Promised Land for a little while, Lehi grew old and was about to die. He wanted to talk to his family before he died. He taught each of them the things he thought they would need to know to follow Jesus Christ and be happy.
Lehi taught his son Jacob that there is opposition in all things. How would we know what being happy was like if we were never sad? How would we be able to choose the right if there wasn’t any wrong? Opposition is part of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness for us.
Sometimes things happen to us that are difficult, sad, or painful. Instead of being angry, we can choose to learn from those difficult things, and even find happiness knowing that the Lord will help us through them. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, He knows our pains and can help us. And if we make wrong choices as we learn and grow, He will forgive us if we try to follow Him.
“As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial. We can say, as did my mother, ‘Come what may, and love it.’” Joseph B. Wirthlin
What kinds of trials did Lehi and his family face? (Discuss ideas)
What kinds of trials do you face? (Discuss ideas)
Why does a loving Heavenly Father want us to experience trials and hardship? (Discuss ideas)
How can we learn lessons from our trials? (Discuss ideas)
How can the things we learn help us to be happier? (Discuss ideas)
Sometimes we have to go through hard times to appreciate the good times! We wouldn't know joy without knowing pain. Learn to find happiness in hard situations and blessings in trials.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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