In Ephesians 6, Paul counsels us to “put on the whole armour of God.”
Most of us aren’t in an army physically going to war. We don’t need a tangible breastplate, shin guards, helmet, shield, and sword to withstand attacks. Today, we fight a different fight. Paul continues: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Putting on the whole armor of God means “having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; … taking the shield of faith. … And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14–17).
So how can you don the whole armor of God to protect yourself?
In the most basic answer, you must keep all the commandments. This includes:
N. Eldon Tanner once said that if we do these things “then we will have on the whole armor of God, which will protect us from harm and preserve us from our enemies. If we [don’t], then our armor is weak, there is an unshielded place which can be found, a vulnerable area for attack, and we will be subject to injury or destruction by Satan, who will search until he finds our weaknesses” (“Put on the Whole Armor of God,” Apr. 1979 general conference).
Putting on the whole armor of God isn’t something you do once and forget about, and you can’t just put on your breastplate of righteousness and leave the rest of it behind. You must put on the whole armor and do what’s necessary to keep every piece on. Otherwise you’ll be vulnerable to temptation and won’t be able to withstand the evils of the world.
Lucile Johnson, a woman from Utah, said she learned early in life to put on her spiritual armor each morning. When her kids were still living at home, she said she’d wake up “early in the morning, before my husband and children were up. I found that kneeling in the stillness of my living room, I could begin pleading with our Father for my needs for that day. This brought me great peace, and I learned that He was my helper and protector. Then I would open my scriptures and partake of their inspiration and guidance.” She explained that doing those things would help her “be truly ready for whatever might come that day.”
As you arm yourself with God’s whole armor each day, like Lucile did, God will be with you through every trial, weakness, and temptation, and you will be able to overcome them.