Imagine it’s 1942 and you are a soldier aboard a ship in the middle of World War II. Your ship has been hit by a German U-boat and is quickly sinking. You scramble aboard a life raft with several of your fellow soldiers and plunge into the icy water. “Things just can’t get any worse,” you think to yourself. Suddenly your life raft is under fire. The firing doesn’t last long, but when it’s over you realize there are several bullet holes in the raft and it is taking on water quickly.
Luckily someone knew that this type of scenario would occur and has packed an emergency kit. Upon opening the kit you find several of the wooden cone-shaped items shown in the photograph. These are puncture plugs. You shove the small end into the bullet hole and turn until the leak is stopped. The threads hold the plug in place and keep your tiny raft from sinking.
An unknown author once wrote:
All the water in the world,
However hard it tried,
Could never sink the smallest ship
Unless it [gets] inside.
And all the evil in the world,
The blackest kind of sin,
Can never hurt you the least bit
Unless you let it in.
Elder Boyd K. Packer gave a fabulous talk
in which he quoted that poem. It happened to be during my first General Conference as a missionary in the MTC and it had a profound effect on me. In his talk Elder Packer mentions several things we can do to combat temptation, such as saying a silent prayer, singing a favorite hymn or brushing our thumb against our wedding ring.
Each of these acts are small and seemingly insignificant, but they are very much like the bullet hole plugs the soldiers used to keep their life rafts afloat. Try them out or come up with some of your own. I know that I have been saved many times from drowning in the depths of sin because of small and simple things.