Our lesson in Young Women today was about the refiner’s fire.
As part of the lesson we watched the video from ABC news on Stephanie Nielson
Another must see video on Stephanie Nielson
Atlanta shared a conference talk Refined in our Trials by James E. Faust
President Faust suggested a few things we might do to be happy in the Ensign article “The Blessings of Adversity”
- Avoid being totally dependent on material or physical things. This could mean considering a bicycle instead of a car, perhaps walking instead of riding a bicycle. In my day it meant skim milk instead of cream.
- Learn to do without some things and have some reserve to fall back on. I recall an article in Indiana that brought much publicity and attention about a member of the Church who was a coal miner and who had a year’s supply of food.
- Develop an appreciation for the great gifts of God as found in nature: the beauty of the seasons, the eloquent testimony of God in the sunrises and sunsets, the leaves, the flowers, the birds, the animals.
- Engage in more physical activity, including walking, jogging, swimming, and bicycling.
- Have a hobby that involves your minds and hearts and can be done at home.
- Pay tithes and offerings. The keeping of this commandment will not ensure riches—indeed, there is no assurance of being free from economic problems—but it will smooth out the rough spots, will give the resolution and faith to understand and to accept, and will create a communion with the Savior that will enhance the inner core of strength and stability.
- Develop the habit of singing, or if this is not pleasant, of whistling. Singing to one’s self brings less comment and question than talking to one’s self! My father once came home from a deer hunt empty-handed, but his heart was renewed and his spirit lifted because, as he recounted with great appreciation, one of his companions had frightened the deer away by always singing trumpet-voiced as he walked through pines and quaking aspen. Father was more enriched by the mirth of the song than he would have been by the meat of the venison.