- a sling or brace
Have a volunteer come up and put his/her arm in a sling then stand there while you give the rest of the object lesson.
Ask the group or volunteer: What would happen to your arm if you left it in this sling and didn't use it for a year? Listen to all comments and weave them into the rest of your presentation.
Here is the direct quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley from which this lesson comes from:
"The Church will ask you to do many things. It will ask you to serve in various capacities. We do not have a professional ministry. You become the ministry of this Church and whenever you are called upon to serve, may I urge you to respond and as you do so, your faith will strengthen and increase. Faith is like the muscle of my arm. If I use it, if I nurture it, it grows strong; it will do many things. But if put it in a sling, and do nothing with it, it will grow weak and useless and so will it be with you. If you accept every opportunity, if you accept every calling, the Lord will make it possible for you to perform it. The Church will not ask you to do anything which you cannot do with the help of the Lord. God bless you to do everything that you are called upon to do."
This lesson also applies to using our talents wisely