Didn’t you love President Henry B. Eyring’s “Try, Try, Try” talk? The sweet story of his interactions with his wife and the difficulties his family is going through is so touching. This is a great talk to dive into ministering, how we can continuously help others, and encourage each other.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suggests the following ideas for leading this discussion:
“President Eyring poses “two crucial questions”: “What must I be doing to take [the Savior’s] name upon me?” and “How will I know when I am making progress?” Perhaps you could write these questions on the board and invite members to share insights they gain about these questions from President Eyring’s message and Sister Eyring’s example. President Eyring also refers to the song “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, 78–79). What do the words of this song add to the discussion?”
Questions to Ponder
How would you feel if you were always treated like you were in serious trouble like President Eyring was taught?
In what ways might we change our interactions if we too, treated everyone like they were in serious trouble?
How can remembering our lives are “designed by a loving God to be a test and source of growth for each of us” be helpful? (Why does God allow us to go through hard times?)
During a trial, what helps you remember Heavenly Father loves you? What can we do now (or continue doing) so that it is easier to remember God’s love during the harder times?
In what ways have you seen Heavenly Father helping you through your trials?
What do you think it means to be willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ?
What can we do in order to continually take His name throughout our lives?
What are some things that will help us know that we are making progress?
What are some things we can do to share God’s love to those near us?
What experiences have you had where the Lord guided you to someone who needed love?
How does helping others in their troubles lighten our own troubles? In what ways have you seen this to be true?
What experiences do you have where a person serving you was an answer to prayers?
Why do you think writing the name of Christ upon your heart is key in getting through hard times and helping others through theirs?
How can we encourage each other through hard times even when we might not know the details?
What helps you to keep going when life is hard? What makes it so you don’t just throw in the towel and give up?
What evidences have you seen of others feeling more easily the pure love of Christ?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
Sometimes we are given trials so we can help someone else get through a similar trial. What things have you learned through your trials that have allowed you to comfort another better? Christ experienced all our sorrows, pains, and the effects of our sins so that he could comfort and strengthen us. In what big or small ways has Jesus comforted and strengthened you during your trials?
Have someone read Luke 1:37. In it, it says “with God nothing shall be impossible.” In the midst of our trials, sometimes we forget to ask God for help. What helps you remember God so he can help you get through your trials as well as your daily life? What things cause us forget?
Have someone read the Sacramental prayer for the bread. If you can, write it on the board then highlight the following things as you look for these specific answers. What are we promising to do? (To take upon us His name, and always remember him, and keep his commandments). What are we promised if we do these things? (That we will always have His spirit with us). If we do this, the Savior will be our rock and we can stand safely in every storm we face (draw a rock underneath your words and clouds above).
The feelings that qualify us to take His name upon us are faith, hope, and charity. Write these words on the board and using arrows and other symbols, show their relationship. If we have faith, that means we have hope. You can’t have faith and hope without charity. Having charity is the pure love of Christ which allows his name to be upon our hearts. How can we increase our faith? How can we feel more hope? What can we do to feel more fully the pure love of Christ for others, ourselves, and as we go about our daily routines? You may want to reference Moroni 7:39-44, 47-48 as you discuss these things.
Take a few minutes to practice what President Eyring is encouraging us to do. Before class, email my texting images to everyone in your class (do the images, not the zip file). Then during class, show how sometimes it’s something as simple as an uplifting text that can make a difference. Ask everyone to send one of these images to someone they think could use it. It could be someone in the room, a friend, a parent, a child, their ministering person, etc. The key to sending these images is to explain the why. For example, with the charity one you could say how you see that quality in that person. This is a great example of treating everyone like they are in serious trouble. If you do it in class, you can also help those that might not know how. If people are worried about sending a photo over text, they can email it instead. When you do this in class, you are also making it that much easier for them to do it again throughout the week. PLEASE NOTE: The file above is compressed so you can easily download all the images. You must unzip it before opening or you will get an error message. If you don’t know how to unzip a file, please see this article.
Have a special musical number, sing together, or read the words to “I’m Trying to be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook pg. 78). How does Satan try to knock us down as we try to be like Jesus? How can we fight back? What can we learn from little children about trying?
This talk can easily be tied into ministering to one another- not just those we are assigned buy everyone around us. Ask your class how they might have knowingly comforted someone this week or helped another. Then share, if you can, an example of when someone ministered to you without them probably knowing it. We are ministering to each other already often in ways we don’t know when we are acting with the name of Christ on our hearts. What does these words from President Eyring help us understand in our ministering efforts? Is there more we should and can be doing?
Reference the Relief Society motto, “Charity Never Faileth.” How does the Relief Society motto tie into President Eyring’s talk? Why does charity never fail? If we have faith, hope, and charity does that mean we can not fail?
The last two years the Church has focused on lighting the world at Christmastime. How has this focus helped us to write the name of Christ in our hearts? What things have you learned as you have tried to light the world more during Christmas? How can we take those lessons and apply them to our everyday life? You may want to show the video about lighting the world and the challenges for 2018.
After reading talks like President Eyring’s, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and like there is yet another thing you need to do or do better. Discuss what things we can do when we feel that way and how to simplify our lives while still following the direction of our prophets.
There are two great videos you could show and discuss as well. I love the video “Lift” (about 9 1/2 minutes) because it shows the difference between doing something nice and having the name of Christ written in your hearts. “God Will Lift Us Up” (about 5 minutes) is a great example of how service can help us through our own trials.