Staying Centered in the Gospel

Object Lesson

You need a lazy susan or turntables that go in your cupboard for your spices. Demonstrate in some way how the things in the center spin much slower and don’t fly off like the things on the outside. If you can’t have the demonstration then just have them picture the last time they were on a merry-go-round and have the class discuss what happens to a person in the dead center and what happens to someone on the edge when the merry-go-round is going very fast. You may also wish to use the storyStaying Centered from the New Era, November 1999. Here’s an excerpt: “… ‘there are greater risks on the outside—which is my point tonight. It’s safer when we are in the center—on the merry-go-round and in the Church. ” ‘You’ll find that when you move away from the teachings of the Savior and the prophets, you find yourself taking risks you know you shouldn’t. And then you can suddenly find yourself far away from the Church. And it can be really hard to get back on the ride again once you’re off. Right, Carlos?’ “Carlos nodded and brushed a few flecks of sand off his jacket. “Dave opened his scriptures and read from Moroni 10:32 [Moro. 10:32]. ‘Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.’ ” Source:, additions by Jenny Smith