Armed with Righteousness
First Counselor in the First Presidency
God’s prophet on earth, President , has declared, “Today, we are encamped against the greatest array of sin, vice, and evil ever assembled before our eyes.”
The Power of the Lamb
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Satan has power over us only to the degree that we permit him. Seeing our day, Nephi “beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and (; emphasis added).
How do we arm ourselves with righteousness and power? We keep the Sabbath day holy and honor the priesthood. We make and keep sacred covenants, work on our family history, and attend the temple. We strive continuously to repent and plead with the Lord to “apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins” (
). We pray and serve and testify and exercise faith in Jesus Christ.
Teaching from This Message
President Eyring reminds us we are waging a war against evil. You could begin by singing “We Are All Enlisted” ( no. 250) with those you teach. Then you might invite them to share how they’ve been protected through righteousness and brainstorm ways to protect their family against Satan, such as choosing wholesome media, holding family councils, or having weekly family home evening. You might challenge them to prayerfully ponder how to build up their family’s fortifications and encourage them to create a plan to implement their ideas.
Youth: I Had Already Decided
By Madison Thompson
I once received a valuable lesson in a Young Women class on sexual purity—a topic that made a lot of the youth squirm in their seats. I don’t remember everything I learned that day, but I do remember my leader talking about one of her personal standards—to always remain sexually pure. Her words stayed with me, and I then made the conscious decision to adopt it as one of my own personal values.
One day as I was riding home on a bus from a sporting event, someone on the bus started a game of truth or dare. Bored, some of the other kids and I joined in. When it came to my turn, I was dared to do something that I knew wasn’t right. This could’ve been a hard decision for me to make, but the words of my Young Women leader came to my head, and the choice was easy. I quickly declined. I had already made up my mind on what I would do in that situation.
Put On Your Armor
Keep the Sabbath day holy Honor the priesthood Make and keep covenantsWork on family history Go to the temple Repent Pray Serve others Share your testimony Read the scriptures
“Putting on the Armor”
Seems like so long ago
giving his first talk at Church
our son stood at the podium
nervous at first then assured;
Knowing his topic was true
each morning things to do
putting on the armor of God
preparing for the worlds day;
Thoughts considered in prayer
reflections of who he was
gaining his eternal mission
being armed in righteousness!
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