How did you overcome your storm of life

Mark 4 and 5


Jesus used parables to teach his disciples on the shores of Lake Gennesaret. When they are on the lake, Jesus soothes a storm. Jesus shows that he is more powerful than demons and frees a man from demons. During his ministry in Capernaum, Jesus heals a woman who is bleeding and raises Jairus' daughter from the dead.

Suggestions for teaching

Mark 4

Jesus tells parables of the kingdom of God and then soothes the storm

Have students think back to the worst storm they have ever witnessed. Invite a few students to describe how they felt at the time.

  • How are life's challenges like a storm?

Write the words physically, mentally, emotionally, interpersonal on the board, leaving some space under each word. Ask this question about each of these terms on the board:

  • What physical (or mental, emotional or interpersonal) storms are adolescents exposed to? (List the answers under the appropriate word on the board.)

Invite students to read Mark 4–5 to find principles that can help them when they face the storms of life.

Summarize Mark 4: 1–34 and explain that Jesus Christ told several parables to a large crowd at Lake Gennesaret.

Invite a few students to take turns reading aloud from Mark 4: 35–38. Have the others read along and find out what challenge the disciples have to master as they cross Lake Gennesaret.

  • What problem occurs when the Savior and His disciples cross Lake Gennesaret?

Explain that Lake Gennesaret is 212 meters below sea level and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The cold, dry air from the mountains meets the warm, humid air that rises from the lake, and sometimes violent storms with high waves suddenly occur on this relatively small body of water within minutes.

  • How does the storm affect the boat?

  • How would you feel and what would you think if you were in a boat under such conditions?

  • From whom do the disciples seek help at this frightening moment? What do you ask the Savior?

  • In what ways might we be tempted to respond in the same way as Jesus' disciples in the storms of our lives?

Invite a student to read Mark 4:39 aloud. Have others read along and see how the Savior responded to the disciples' calls for help. Then ask them what they found out. You may suggest that students mark the words, “Shut up, be still!” And “be completely silent” (v. 39).

  • What can the Lord do for us when we plead for His help in difficult or troubled times? (As students answer, then write this principle on the board: When we call on the Lord for help in difficult or troubled times, He can bring us peace.)

  • How can we seek the Lord's help in difficult or troubled times? (We can pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Our prayers may not be answered as we expected. However, we will be blessed with peace when we seek help from the Lord.)

Invite a student to read Mark 4:40, 41 aloud. Invite other students to read along and listen to the question the disciples ask one another about Jesus.

  • If you had been with the disciples then, how would you have answered the question in verse 41?

  • How is our faith strengthened and are we more willing to implore Jesus for help in difficult and frightening times because we know “what kind of a person” (v. 41) he is?

If possible, the students should read the text of the song "Master, the winds rage" (Hymn book, No. 66). Emphasize that Jesus Christ has the power not only to calm real storms, but also the storms that are raging in our hearts.

Invite some students to share how they once asked the Lord for peace in a storm of life, and how He allayed their fears and comforted them.

Consider asking students to write in their study journal what they can do to seek and seek help from the Lord during trials.

Mark 5: 1-20

Jesus heals a man and frees him from unclean spirits

Summarize Mark 5: 1-18 and explain that Jesus heals a man who is possessed by many “unclean”, that is, evil spirits. After these unclean spirits are cast out of the man, they drive into a herd of pigs that rushes down the slope into the lake. The man wants to get into the boat in which Jesus is sitting.

Lesson pace

Don't make the mistake of spending too much time on the first part of the lesson and then groping through the rest of the class. As you prepare, use the teaching method you have chosen to weigh the approximate amount of time you will need for each section. Most of the time, there is more material available than lesson time - so decide which scriptures you want to focus on and which you want to cover more summarized.

Invite a student to read Mark 5: 19–20 aloud. Have others read along and see what the Savior tells this man.

  • What is the Lord asking this man?

  • How does he react?

  • What is the principle behind this story? What should we do when we witness divine power? (Make this principle clear to students: As we witness the Savior's power, we can bear testimony of His blessings and compassion.)

Invite students to think about ways to serve others and share their testimony of the blessings and compassion of Jesus.

Mark 5: 21-43

Jesus heals a woman who is bleeding and raises Jairus' daughter from the dead

Invite a student to read aloud this story told by Elder Shayne M. Bowen about the Seventy.

“On February 4, 1990, our third son and sixth child were born. We named him Tyson. ...

When Tyson was eight months old, he swallowed a piece of chalk he found on the carpet. The chalk stuck in his throat and he stopped breathing. His older brother took Tyson upstairs and shouted frantically, 'The baby is not breathing, the baby is not breathing!' We immediately started resuscitation and called the ambulance.

The ambulance arrived shortly thereafter and quickly took Tyson to the hospital. In the waiting room we continued our fervent prayers and begged God for a miracle. After an eternity, it seemed to us, the doctor came into the room and said, 'I'm very sorry. There is nothing more we can do. Please take all the time you need. ‘Then she left us alone.” (“Because I live, you will also live”, Liahona, November 2012, page 16.)

  • What would you have thought or done at that moment if Tyson had been your brother?

  • How could such an event test our faith?

Have a student read Mark 5: 21–24 aloud. Invite students to read along and notice how a synagogue chief named Jairus went through a similar test that probably must have tested his faith.

  • Why did Jairus beg the Savior for help?

Invite a student to read Mark 5: 25–26 aloud. Invite others to identify who else needed the Savior's help.

Explain that while the New Testament accounts do not specifically address the suffering of the woman who “suffered from bleeding” (v. 25). We know, however, that it caused her a lot of inconvenience. In addition, a person who was bleeding was considered unclean under the law of Moses (see Leviticus 15: 19–33). So it is likely that this woman had been excluded from the community during the twelve years of her suffering. How desperate she felt about it is evident from the fact that she had "spent all of her property" (Mark 5:26) seeking doctors to cure her ailment.

Have a few students take turns reading aloud from Mark 5: 27–34. Have others read along and see what the woman is doing to get help from the Savior.

  • How did this woman prove her faith in Jesus Christ? (You may explain that the phrase “she pushed in from behind him in the crowd” (v. 27) shows how hard she had to make her way through the crowd.)

  • What do we learn from this report? What should we do when we want to be healed? (Make this principle clear to students: Jesus Christ can heal us if we show our faith in him by coming to him.)

Point out that the healing of any weakness through faith in Jesus Christ depends not only on striving to come to Him, but also on God's will and timetable.

Invite students to read Mark 5:35 individually and look for the message that Jairus receives while the Savior is still there to attend to the woman.

  • What message does Jaïrus receive?

  • How would you have felt in Jairus's place at that moment?

Have a student read Mark 5:36 aloud. Invite others to find out what the Savior said to Jairus.

  • What do you think the Savior used to strengthen Jairus' faith?

Highlight what we learn about the faith from this story and write on the board: Practicing faith in Jesus Christ means that even if we have questions, we will continue to believe in him.

  • How can we put this principle into practice?

Have a few students take turns reading aloud from Mark 5: 37–43. Have the others read along and find out what happened to Jairus's daughter.

  • What miracle did the Savior perform?

You can testify that the Savior has power to bless and heal us. Point out that sometimes the Savior soothes the storms in our lives by taking away our trials or fears. At other times, he doesn't take the test for us, as in the story of Elder Bowen, whose son has died. However, if we keep faith in Jesus Christ, he will give us peace in difficult times.

To help students understand how we can keep the faith regardless of what our personal storms turn out to, read Elder Bowen's testimony aloud. Ask students to look for ways to keep the faith even after his son died.

“As I felt guilt, anger, and self-pity eat me up, I prayed that my heart would change. With the help of very personal and sacred experiences, the Lord gave me a new heart. I still felt loneliness and pain, but my whole point of view changed. I realized that nothing had been robbed of me, but that great blessings awaited me if I proved faithful. ...

I testify: 'To the extent that we rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, He can help us endure our trials, illnesses and pain. We can experience joy, peace, and comfort. Everything that is unjust in life can be made good through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. ‘[Proclaim my gospel! - A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, p. 59.] ”(“ Because I Live, You Will Live, ”p. 17.)

  • When did you or someone you know remained true to faith in Jesus Christ in a time of questions and doubts? What blessings followed?

You can ask students to share their testimony of the lessons learned in this lesson.