May 6, 2013 by FHElessons
Lately, I have been hearing about a study that showed that a person’s personal worship behaviors (personal prayer, scripture reading, etc.) are the greatest indicator of whether he will remain faithful and active in the church. Knowing this, I’m sure we all want to impress upon our children the importance of making these personal worship behaviors a habit. Here is a quick and easy object lesson that will help you to teach your children just that!
- Scripture Power (recommended)
- As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days #256
- Dearest Children, God is Near You #96
- A spool of thread
To begin, you can either choose one family member to demonstrate the object lesson or you can do it with each of your children in turn.
Tie a single strand of thread around your child’s wrists. Then ask her to break free of this bond. She should be able to break the thread easily.
Next wrap the thread around and around her wrists until you have created a thick enough cord that she will not be able to break it on her own. Ask her to try to break it. She should not be able to do so.
If she wants to be free, you can cut her bonds with scissors before proceeding.
Have everyone turn to the following scriptures:
Yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 26:22)
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:21 – 22)
- What is a flaxen cord? (A fiber of a plant called flax. This is what linen fabric is made from. Basically, a flaxen cord is a thread.)
- What do you think could be symbolized in our lives by the flaxen cord? (If they don’t know, that’s OK. Whatever they answer, you can steer the discussion in the way you want it to go.)
- Can Satan take a perfectly righteous, stalwart person and convince him to take drugs or rob a bank or murder someone? Could he convince you to do those things?
- So what does Satan start out with? What kinds of things does he try to get you to do? (Steer the conversation towards things such as forgetting to pray every day, Feeling too tired to read your scriptures, Thinking bad thoughts about someone, or anything you know your child is struggling with.)
Those small sins are like the flaxen cord. Satan is trying to catch us, but we can still break free easily. How do we break free? (Repentance & taking the sacrament weekly)
But what happens if we don’t break free? If we let Satan prevent us from doing those small things right? Gradually, he wraps more and more threads around us. Once he gets enough threads on us, it becomes like “awful chains”. We start to lose the ability to exercise our free agency. It starts to be hard to break free.
Satan wants to get enough cords around us so that he can drag us down to hell. He wants us to be as miserable as he is!
What can we do to keep ourselves free from Satan’s bonds?
- Pray daily
- Read scriptures daily
- Repent of any sins we commit
- Attend church weekly and take the sacrament to cleanse ourselves
- Be vigilant in keeping ourselves free of the flaxen cord
I testify to you that Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and return to live with Him again while Satan wants us to be miserable as he is. I hope that you will always be vigilant in keeping yourself free from Satan’s bonds. Remember Scripture Power! It keeps you safe from sin! And always remember that Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins to make it so we can repent and keep ourselves clean and free from those bonds. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.