As bearers of the priesthood, we have the responsibility to stand strong with a shield of faith against the fiery darts of the adversary. We are role models to the world, protecting God-given, inalienable rights and freedoms. We stand in defense of our homes and our families. When I was in the ninth grade, I returned from my first out-of-town game with the varsity baseball team. My father discerned that on the long bus ride home I had witnessed language and behavior that was not in harmony with the standards of the gospel. Being a professional artist, he sat down and drew a picture of a knight--a warrior capable of defending castles and kingdoms. As he drew and read from the scriptures, I learned how to be a faithful priesthood holder--to protect and defend the kingdom of God. The words of the Apostle Paul were my guide (quote): "Wherefore take [upon] you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt [with the] truth, and having ... the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (end of quote). Brethren, if we are faithful in the priesthood, this armor will be given to us as a gift from God. We need this armor! Young men, your fathers and grandfathers never faced the temptations that you face on a regular basis. You are living in the last days. If your father had wanted to get in trouble, he had to go searching for it. Not anymore! Today temptation finds you! Please remember that Satan desires to have you, and "sin lieth at the door." How will you resist his aggressive tactics? Put on the whole armor of God.
Put on the Whole Armor of God
Elder Robert D. Hales recounts an experience in which his father taught him about putting on the armor of God.