Gospel Living

Is your heart soft and teachable?

05/03/24 | 1 min read
Or hard like a shell?

Lots of scriptures describe how we can experience a “mighty change of heart” when we embrace the gospel.

What does that mean? King Benjamin’s people described it this way: “We have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2).

Here’s an object lesson that you could use to talk about this idea with your class or family! Or just try it on your own.

You’ll need:

  • A jar with a lid
  • One raw egg
  • Vinegar
  • Paper and pencils

What to do:

1. Put the egg in the jar. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the egg, screw the lid on the jar, and let it sit for at least 24 hours. Have everyone guess what will happen to the egg.


2. After 24 hours, gently pour out the vinegar. (Make sure not to drop the egg!) Rinse the egg under water and gently remove any leftover shell bits. Notice how smooth and soft the egg has become! Carefully pass it around.


3. The shell went from hard to soft—and that’s metaphorically what our hearts are supposed to do when we follow God. Both changes take time and patience. When we have a soft heart, we are more kind, humble, and obedient.


4. What’s one thing you can do this week to have a softer heart? Ask everyone to write down a goal.


Your Goal

What could you do to remember the goal you set in step #4 above? How will you celebrate when you achieve that goal?


Object lesson adapted from “A Mighty Change of Heart” in the February 2021 For the Strength of Youth magazine.