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Help for Atonement Object Lesson With Bleach and Food Coloring

(How to make this object lesson work or “Help! My bleach did not turn the water clear!”)

I am teaching Sharing Time tomorrow, and it is a lesson on the Atonement. The Sharing Time Outline, page 9, suggests:

Testify that one way the Atonement of Jesus Christ saves us is that it saves us from sin. Show the children a clear glass of water and explain that it represents a person who is free from sin. Drop a small amount of food coloring in the water. Point out how the food coloring spreads throughout the water and makes it no longer clean. Explain that when we sin, we become unclean, like this water. Then add a few drops of liquid bleach to make the water clean again. Explain that when we repent, the Atonement cleanses us from sin and we are forgiven.

After hours of experimentation and research on the internet, I finally discovered the secret to making the water turn clear. Add vinegar to the water first. This is the recipe I am using:

2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup water

Add just 1 drop of food coloring to depict sin.

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach to symbolize the Atonement of Christ. This also makes a good object lesson for repentance.

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