What Manner of Men Ought We Be?

Forms with rebar in place ready to receive the concrete to make reinforced concrete.

Forms with rebar in place ready to receive the concrete to make reinforced concrete.

As an engineering student in college, I learned that concrete has many useful purposes in the building industry. Testing concrete in the laboratory proves that it works well when loads press downward in compression loading. But when tests are reversed, and tension (pulling) is applied, concrete quickly fails. The reason? Elements in concrete do not properly handle tension. By adding steel rebar, concrete can handle both compression and tension loading. This combined product is called reinforced concrete. My life is like concrete, loaded with stress and trials—pushing me down and pulling me in opposing directions. Without reinforcement, I will surely fail. I ask myself—What can I do to reinforce my character to withstand the weight of life’s challenges? I believe they are simple things, such as studying scriptures daily, praying often, and seeking opportunities to love and serve others. These and other worthy actions, though individually small, strengthen me to bear my burdens. It’s a new way to think about being a man of steel.Be strong

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