Teaching our Families the Importance of Opposition

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General Conference is always such a wonderful weekend but once it's over it is up to us to make it a part of our lives. To help you on your journey a group of LDS bloggers and I are sharing several Family Home Evening lesson ideas based on different talks from April 2016 General Conference. I'm sharing a FHE lesson outline based on Elder Oaks' talk, "Opposition in All Things." Opposition happens every day in our lives. It is so important to understand the essential role it has in Heavenly Father's plan for us so we can face them with faith and humility. Below you will discover a basic outline. Since we are all different, there are a few ideas so you can put together the right FHE for you and your family. 


Object Lessons

Open your FHE lesson with one of these fun object lessons:

  • Elder Oaks mentioned a quote from President Thomas S. Monson that refers to the refiner's fire. Baking is a great example of that fire. For example, brownie batter is good but it becomes even better after you cook it. You may want to use a microwavable recipe to quickly illustrate this idea.
  • Use the example of a marble slab. An artist takes this chunk of rock and turns it into a beautiful sculpture. Sometimes big pieces must fall off and other times he focuses on one particular area as several small slivers are scraped off. While this may hurt in the process, in the end the Lord makes us something beautiful. You can demonstrate this with a figurine inside some Play-doh or freeze a toy in water. 
  • In the video below I share a building blocks example as well as a couple of other ideas. You can find the Pick Me Up Post-its mentioned in the video here.

Key Quotes

There are a lot of great quotes in Elder Oaks' talk but the following will help you tie the object lesson into your next point. Pick which you like best then add some of your own personal examples and thoughts. 

  • President Thomas S. Monson- "Our mortal life, however, was never meant to be easy or consistently pleasant. Our Heavenly Father … knows that we learn and grow and become refined through hard challenges, heartbreaking sorrows, and difficult choices."
  • "It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, … righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad” (2 Nephi 2:11; see also verse 15). As a result, Lehi continued, “the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other” (verse 16). "
  • "To illustrate the opposition of temptation, the Book of Mormon describes three methods the devil will use in the last days. First, he will “rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good” (2 Nephi 28:20). Second, he will “pacify, and lull [members] away into carnal security,” saying “Zion prospereth, all is well” (verse 21). Third, he will tell us “there is no hell; and … I am no devil, for there is none” (verse 22), and therefore there is no right and wrong. Because of this opposition, we are warned not to be “at ease in Zion!” (verse 24)."
  • "Through all mortal opposition, we have God’s assurance that He will “consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain” (2 Nephi 2:2)."

Scriptural Examples

Drive the point home with these scriptural examples. You can also divide into groups to discuss these stories or have your family act a story out.

  • The people of Alma in Helam had their burdens made light while the Lamanites persecuted them (See Mosiah 23 and 24)
  • Joseph Smith- there are several examples throughout his life but Elder Oaks mentioned two. The first being while he was in Liberty Jail and the answer the Lord gave him (see D&C 122). The other was when Joseph sought to get the Book of Mormon published. It took him five times to find the right publisher. I love this example because Joseph was on a mission from God. God wanted him to share the Book of Mormon with the world. However, Joseph still experienced opposition.

FHE Treat Ideas

  • Rocky Road Fudge- I chose this particular recipe because it's kid friendly and quick with the microwave. However, it'll still have to set so you may want to make it earlier. Each bumpy ingredient represents a trial along our path but as we learn and grow, it all comes out sweet. 
  • Origami Wafer Cookies- Cut these wafers to tie into the marble sculpture example. Everyone can make their own!
  • Eat the brownies from the object lesson! (Turn them into rocky road ones even)

As you share this lesson remember to testify of the Plan of Happiness and Heavenly Father's love for each us. He knows what we can become and it is so much more than what we plan for ourselves. 

More General Conference Resources

Be sure to check out these other great resources based on April 2016 General Conference:

Your Turn- What General Conference talks will you be incorporating into your next FHE? What other General Conference FHE's would you like to see?