Adversity and Trials

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Top Resources (each leads to many more resources)

LDS.org: General Conference talks on Adversity

LDS.org: Lesson Helps for Teaching Children

LDS.org: Resources for teaching Children about Trials

LDS.org: Topic of Adversity


Family Home Evening Resources

FHE: Adversity (FHE Resource Book - LDS.org.)

FHE: Adversity (DeseretBook/LDSLiving.com)

FHE: "Trials Make Us Stronger"


General Resources

A Tragedy or a Blessing?

Adversity and Agency, by M. Russell Ballard

Adversity--Elder Hillam (excerpt from BYU speech)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Cure for Sorrow" (Short Chinese Tale) 

Elder Holland tells of 3 bedridden sisters  (Oct. 1994)

From Candles to Soap

God gives strength to overcome instead of eliminating adversity  (bike-wind story)

"Grandma's Cake"

Grind or Shine

"Happiness" - Jack Goaslind -  excerpt from April 1986 Gen. Conf.

He Will Ease Our Burdens

"I Have a Problem" 

"If I Can Endure..." 

"In the Due Time of the Lord" Mental Illness/Depression - Meridian Magazine

Kassidy

Leaving the City of Regret

Lesson in Perspective (excerpt from a BYU Dev. by Elaine Walton)

Life's Struggles  (cocoon analogy--having to struggle to become strong) 

Perspective (excerpt from Oct. 1995 Gen. Conf. - Janette Hales Beckham - clean oven story)

"Shake it Off and Step Up"  (Parable of the Old Mule in the Well)

"Silver Linings"  -  from the Spoken Word

Teachings of our Church Leaders

"The Cross Room"

"The Dead Duck"

"The Old Fisherman"

"The Smell of Manure" (short excerpt from BYU-Idaho Dev.)

"Trials" (blacksmith analogy--horse shoes, scrap heap)

"We can trust Him" (story of Heather shared by President Merrill Bateman, 1-7-97)

"What Can I Do to be Happy?"


Mormon Ads

Mormon Ad: "We All Have Our Ups and Downs...." - June 1990 New Era

Mormon Ad: "You Can Conquer Giant Problems" - March 1990 New Era


Quotes On Adversity/Trials

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Quotes on Adversity (Daily WOOL)

Quotes: "Do Not Despair" (Daily Wool)


Poems About Adversity

"Equipment"

God will have a tried people (Pain stayed so long, I said.....)

"Keep Going" 

"Never Borrow Sorrow From Tomorrow"

"The Road is Rough"

"The Shut-In"  

"The Trouble Pile"

"The Way to God"  


General Conference Talks

"Adversity and the Divine Purpose of Mortality" - Ronald Poelman - April 1989

"An High Priest of Good Things to Come" - Jeffrey Holland - Oct. 1999 

"Do Not Despair" - Ezra Taft Bensen - Oct. 1974

“Healing Soul and Body” - Robert D. Hales, Oct. 1998

"Mountains to Climb" - Henry B. Eyring - April 2012

"The Blessings we receive as we meet the challenges of economic stress" - James E. Faust - Oct. 1982

"The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom" - Jeffrey Holland - Oct. 1996

"The Songs They Could Not Sing" - Quentin L. Cook - Oct. 2011

"Trust In The Lord" - Elder Richard G. Scott - Oct. 1995

"Woman, Why Weepest Thou" - President James E. Faust - Oct. 1996


Other Articles

"Adversity" - Dallin H. Oaks - July 1998 Ensign

"Blessed in My Affliction" - Bonnie Parkin - March 2006 Ensign

"Dealing with Stress and Discouragement" -  Feb. 1990 Ensign

"Keeping Mentally Well" - Sept.  1990 Ensign

I Have A Question: Feb. 2000 Ensign

"Light in Darkness":  For persons struggling with psychological disorders, anchoring their lives in the gospel can provide longed-for peace.  June 1998 Ensign

"Make it a Good Day!" - Elaine Cannon - Oct. 1989 New Era

“The Blessings of Adversity” - James E. Faust - Feb. 1998 Ensign

"When Life is Getting You Down" - June 1984 Ensign


BYU Speeches

"Adversity" - Dallin H. Oaks - Jan. 17, 1995

"But for a Small Moment" - Neal A. Maxwell - Sept. 1, 1974

"For Times of Trouble" - Jeffery Holland - March 18, 1980

"He Cares More About the Shoulder Than About the Wheel" - Monte R. Swaim - May 27, 2008

"Life's Afflictions and Self Inflictions" -  BYU-H - July 10, 2003

"No Joy without the Struggle" - Barbara Winder - June 7, 1987

"Strength in Adversity" - Harold G. Hillam - June 25, 1996

"Strength during struggles" -  L. Lionel Kendrick - BYU-H - April 11, 2000

"The Lord's Plan for Peace" - Ben B. Banks - Nov. 4, 2001 

Win Marsh - 1997 BYU Women's Conf.


Books

Adversity,  (1987)  --  by Elaine Cannon

Faith Precedes the Miracle,  p. 97-98 (by President Spencer W. Kimball)