Hold to the Iron Rod

We used an effective object lesson during a recent family gathering. We discussed how Satan is waging war against all those who are trying to keep the Lord’s commandments. What tools can iron rodwe use to protect ourselves and stay true to our covenants? My wife and I had purchased 12” lengths of painted rebar for each child to represent the iron rod spoken of in the scriptures. The prophet Lehi saw in vision that many people wandered blindly through mists of darkness, losing their way and following forbidden roads. Lehi saw an iron rod beside the path leading to the Savior. If the people would hold fast to that rod, they would not lose their way. What does the rod of iron mean? “It was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction” (1 Nephi 15:23-24). We challenged our family to prop the rebar “iron rod” in a prominent place as a reminder to read scriptures daily. This daily habit will be a protection against Satan’s temptations. It will empower us with ability beyond our own to stay on the path. It will open channels of personal revelation from God. These are Reasons to Rejoice!

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