"Put on the Armor of God"

Intro:

Each day we head out the door with the appropriate type of clothing on to protect us from the weather. There is another type of "clothing" that can protect that can protect us from the influences of the world. Although it isn't something we can visibly see, we still need to put it on for protection. It is the armor of God.

Song: "We Are All Enlisted" (Hymns, 250).

Preparation:

cardboard boxes/poster boards

strings

construction paper/butcher paper

markers

tape/glue

scissors

Scripture:

Read together Ephesians 6:11-18.

"Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Lesson:

Assign someone to read the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 27:15-18.

After reading, explain to the family that everyone will be helping to make the armor of God.

Select a family member to be the model who will be wearing the armor of God. Go back through the scriptures in D&C and Ephesians to find the different parts of the armor. Using the materials prepared, help each other make the different parts of the armor and help the person wearing the armor put it on. As everyone works to make and design the armor, discuss what each part of armor represents and what it protects. Also discuss how important each part of the armor is and how all the pieces work together to protect the person.

Then talk about the armor in a spiritual sense. Have a discussion about truth, righteousness, preparation of the gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God. How does knowledge of those things protect us? Talk about the consequences of putting on the armor each day and the result of not putting on the armor. Also discuss what the armor protects us from and the importance of wearing the whole armor and not just parts of it.

Next read and consider the following questions from President N. Eldon Tanner, first counselor in the First Presidency in 1979: "Are we studying the scriptures so that we can increase our knowledge and faith and testimony regarding the gospel? Do we keep the commandments? Are we honest and truthful in our dealings? Do we keep the Sabbath day holy? Do we observe the Word of Wisdom? Do we pay an honest tithing? Do we attend our meetings and respond to the calls made of us by our authorities? Are we virtuous and clean and pure in heart and mind and deed? Do we fight against the evils around us-- pornography, abortion, tobacco, alcohol, & drugs? Do we have the courage to stand up for our convictions? Can we truly say we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ? Do we live peaceably with our neighbors and avoid gossip and back-biting and spreading unfounded rumors? Do we truly love our neighbors as ourselves?

Treat:

Make sugar cookies cut out in the shape of a shield. Allow the children to decorate their shield with frosting, colored sugar, and other cookie toppings.

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