Parables have always been a preferred method of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Parables allow those being taught to learn new principles and concepts in a simple and familiar manner. Parables are most effective when they include elements that many people with various and diverse backgrounds can relate to. One element of the modern human experience that is very relatable is the act of riding a bike. Here’s a look at four parables that include a bicycle:
See the End from the Beginning
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared a parable from his childhood in 2006.
As a young boy in West Germany, President Uchtdorf’s family operated a laundry business. Young Dieter’s role in the family business was to deliver the clean laundry to customers around the city on an old, heavy bicycle pulling a cart. Year after year, the daily bike rides proved to be demanding on his body and lungs; nonetheless, the boy pedaled on in an effort to help provide for his family.
Many years later, when President Uchtdorf volunteered to join the air force, it was discovered that he had suffered from a lung disease during his youth that had left scars in his lungs. However, despite the scarring, President Uchtdorf was never impacted by the disease and doctors noted that he was perfectly healthy.
President Uchtdorf’s tireless service delivering clean laundry had saved him from succumbing to lung disease and preserved his health, which allowed him to become a pilot and begin a career.
The Shiny Bicycle
A young boy regrets his choice of spray-painting his chrome bike. With hard work and help from his family, he’s able to restore it like new and learn about the power of forgiveness and making things right again. Watch the video below:
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Defy Gravity: Go Forward
Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently shared this bicycle parable.
Sister Oscarson was eight years old when she received her first bike. Excited, she enlisted her older brother and father to teach her to ride. Young Bonnie quickly learned the simple physics of riding a bike: as long as you are peddling, you will remain upright and moving forward.
The same principle applies to each of those who strive to live a Christ-centered life. As long as there’s an effort being made to live His teachings, including studying His word, serving, and worshipping frequently, there will be progress toward the goal.
Parable of the Bike
A young girl wants to buy her own bike. Her father suggests that if she works and saves her money, they will go buy a bike. The two eventually go to the store, and the girl discovers that she does not have enough funds to buy the bike on her own. Her father then agrees to make up the difference. Click the link below to watch the video: