Adversity and Trials

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Top Resources (each leads to many more resources)

Church of Jesus Christ - Topic Page on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - All General Conference Talks on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Scriptures on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Adversity in the Topical Guide

Church of Jesus Christ - Adversity in the Guide to the Scriptures

Church of Jesus Christ - Magazine Articles on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Videos on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Images on Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Music that talks about Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - Adversity in the Church News

Church of Jesus Christ - Lessons in Church Manuals about Adversity

Church of Jesus Christ - All Search Results on Adversity

See also: Choices


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) 

Do It Anyway (Mother Teresa)

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

Eli Pierce Story

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?"


General Conference

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

God Shall Wipe Away All Tears - Evan A. Schmutz - Oct. 2016

Infuriating Unfairness - Dale G. Renlund - May 2021

Mountains to Climb - Henry B. Eyring - April 2012

Moving Forward - Russell M. Nelson - October 2020

One Step after Another - Joseph B. Wirthlin - Oct. 2001

Our Sorrow Shall Be Turned into Joy - S. Mark Palmer - May 2021

Pressing Toward the Mark - Edward Dube - May 2021

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


Parables

Grandma's Cake

Put the Rock Down

So-Called Private Choices

Spiritual Eclipse

Taking Medicine

The Butterfly and the Cocoon

The Eagle and the Wolf

The Gardener and the Currant Bush

The Obstacle in Our Path

The Parable of the Ant and the Dove

The Parable of the Echo

The Parable of the Four Wives

The Parable of the Light Bulb

The Parable of the Pear Tree

The Trouble Tree

You'll Grow Into It


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

Mormonads on Adversity


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 Race - Get Up and Win that Race"

"The Road is Rough"

"The Shut-In"  

"The Trouble Pile"

"The Way to God"  


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

God...Shall Consecrate Thine Afflictions for Thy Gain - David A. Bednar - December 16, 2020

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

Preparing for Life's Unexpected Storms - Peggy S. Worthen - September 7, 2021

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 

Why Mountains? - Michael A. Dunn - October 1, 2019

Win Marsh - 1997 BYU Women's Conf.


Books

"Adversity"  --  by Elaine Cannon

"Faith Precedes the Miracle"  - (by President Spencer W. Kimball)

"Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" - by Jane Clayson Johnson

"Unconquerable" by Hank Smith (1 CD) 4 stories


Family Home Evening Lessons and Stories

"Bundle of Sticks" (Handle adversity through working together)

"The Tale of the Pencil" (We all have strength)

"When Adversity Knocks" (Choose how to respond to a difficult situation)


Pics and Quotes

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