Clothespin Activity: Enduring Well

At a family gathering of children, teens, and adults, we gave each a wooden clothespin with instructions to squeeze tightly with thumb and ring finger—pinching it in that position for two long minutes. The beginning was easy, but soon we were in agonizing pain, struggling to endure to the end. We talked about what this activity taught us. What does it mean to endure to the end? Is there a difference between simply enduring and enduring WELL? An insightful discussion followed. We decided that enduring well means never giving up, even when things get tough. Enduring well means facing our trials with courage. Enduring well means having a positive attitude—no grumbling! Enduring well means pushing through fatigue. Enduring well means being faithful to our covenants with God. We promised to encourage each other when tempted to quit, and help each other finish strong. We agreed to place our trust in God’s promise: “Peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high” (D&C 121:7,8).

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