Build a kite with structure (gospel), tail (balance), wind (a cloud) for trials, and of coarse the most important part…string commandments of Heavenly Father. As long as a kite is attatched to a string, it will fly high up in the sky. You may think that since it is pulling and tugging on the string, that it would go higher if it were set free. But it is not so, If you let go of the string, the kite will soon nose dive. That’s the way it works with God’s commandments too. We may think we would go farther in life, have more fun and be more successful if we didn’t have to be held down with keeping the commandments, but it is actually the blessings of keeping the commandments that keeps us soaring in the air. The string of the gospel keeps us safe and in control. If we ever cut that string, and decide obeying God’s laws is too much trouble, then eventually we will loose control and do a nose dive, too. Source: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/4746/lessons.html, with some additions by Jenny Smith The Parable of the Kite -Stacy Schofield Hair There once lived a girl, so faithful and true, With so much potential, so much she could do. Her favorite pastime was spent in the park- Flying her kite, from dusk until dark. Her father had built it, a bright, sturdy frame, It seemed to hold up when the strong whirlwinds came. It had a long tail, and what joy it could bring, As it flew through the air, tightly held by the string. Her father had warned her, to hold on quite tight, The trial of the wind could put up a big fight, This daughter grew restless, just watching it fly, She wanted to see it soar deep in the sky. One day she decided that it wasn’t fair, To punish this kite, and to hold back the air, The kite deserved more than the same point of view, If she just let it go, it could fly away too. Because she was struggling-life was so hard, She longed for the freedom to let down her guard, Rules and commandments were causing such strife, They just held her back, there was much more to life! In just a brief instant, she cut off the string, She took a deep breath as the as the air caught the wing It spiraled; it turned, and quite soon she had found Her precious kite mangled and crushed on the ground. She then heard her father, his voice calm and true, My child, these commandments are given FOR you To help you and guide you and keep you a flight, Just as string has preserved your invaluable kite. I love you. I need you. You’re precious to me. If you keep my commandments, they help make you free! Free to fly high, free from the sorrow, Free to awake without guilt for tomorrow. My daughter, please know that I’m sending my love, I’ll guide you; I’ll hold you with strength from above. As I hold your string, I won’t let you down, I promise, in heaven, that you’ll get your crown!