“And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them.” Doctrine and Covenants 35:14
The Armor of God consists of six pieces; the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, the Shield of Faith, the Sword of the Spirit, and Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel. Elder Hales said, “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. . . How will you resist Satan’s aggressive tactics? Put on the whole armor of God.”
Harold B. Lee said that there are four parts of the body that are vulnerable. The loins, heart, feet, and head. The loins signify our virtue and chastity. The heart signifies our conduct. The feet signify our goals and the head signifies our thoughts.
We can put on the Belt of Truth and protect our loins by making a decision to stay worthy and to be married in the temple. This will become a huge blessing of happiness. The Breastplate of Righteousness can be put on to protect the heart by making righteous decisions. You can do that by following closely the commandments and making decisions each day that will make you a better, more Christ-like person. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel can be put on by setting goals and preparing yourself to be the best example of Christ you can be. If you’re preparing yourself to enter the kingdom of your Heavenly Father and if you’re setting goals that will help you get there, putting on the Armor of God will help us all achieve those goals.
The last piece, the Head of Salvation, is the most important. The head signifies our thoughts. If we don’t protect our thoughts from Satan he will tempt and torment us endlessly. If we don’t protect our thoughts and have righteous desires within those thoughts then putting on any of the rest of the armor would be nearly pointless. Without a strong mind we cannot make significant goals or decisions. It is important to recognize when Satan is trying to tempt you and to push it out with righteous thoughts. One old trick is to sing your favorite hymn to avoid temptation. To further fill your mind with clean thoughts read your scriptures and never put yourself into a situation where the spirit cannot be with you. Elder Ballard said, “I like to think of this spiritual armor not as a solid piece of metal molded to fit the body but more like chain mail. Chain mail consists of dozens of tiny pieces of steel fastened together to allow the user greater flexibility without losing protection. I say that because it has been my experience that there is not one great and grand thing we can do to arm ourselves spiritually. True spiritual power lies in numerous smaller acts woven together in a fabric of spiritual fortification that protects and shields all evil.”
I know that Elder Ballard is right and that we have to continue to work to put on the Armor of God and that by listening to our modern day prophets they will guide us and help us put on the full armor. The scriptures are great tools in protecting ourselves from the temptations of Satan. I know that I can continue to strengthen my armor and use it to fight the temptations of Satan.