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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 2 Nephi 28:7-9

"By cleverly steering people away from the reality of immortality and accountability, he uses endless variations in the same, basic, recurring theme: 'Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die' (2 Nephi 28:7, 8). Hence each new generation not only acts out the drama but does so with a prideful provincialism--as if there were nothing to be learned from the past. Moreover, if the permissive generation still prefers to believe at all in a God, they will believe in a permissive God." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Sermons Not Spoken," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985], p. 14

"I warn you of a pervasive false doctrine. For want of a better name, I call it 'premeditated repentance,' by which I mean consciously sinning with the forethought that afterward repentance will permit the enjoyment of the full blessings of the gospel, such as temple marriage or a mission. In an increasingly wicked society, it is harder to toy with evil without becoming contaminated." — James E. Faust, "Finding Light in a Dark World," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 105-106

"So-called little transgressions are especially serious in our effort to live a life of moral purity. Satan would have us believe that the minor infractions do not need to concern us. Why worry if we do not control our thoughts or if we allow pornographic or immoral entertainment to be part of our lives? Does attending just a few R-rated movies really damage us? Are we so unworthy when we watch just two or three questionable programs on the cable television channels? Are the lewd novels of the day really so bad? These little rationalizations prompted by Satan will become great detriments to our spiritual growth." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 67

"The fact that you are here in this mortal existence is an evidence that you accepted our Heavenly Father's plan and entered into covenant with Him to keep His commandments in return for which you were to be given a glorified place in His kingdom. One-third of all those in the spirit world before you came to this earth were cast out because they refused the gift of this education in the 'University of Mortality' on the terms provided. They are the tempters who, like yourselves, have their free agency and are endeavoring to persuade you to 'eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die' (2 Nephi 28:7) and thus be miserable like themselves. Whatever may be the ratio of evil spirits to every human soul one thing is certain, that the power of temptation is great." — Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 43

"The 'many kinds of voices in the world' spoken of by the Apostle Paul bombard the ears of young and old each day. They come via the streets, the radio, the television set, the newspaper, the magazines, the movies, and other sources. A few of these voices give a certain and pleasing sound; such sounds generally come from parents, Church leaders, loyal friends, and people who genuinely care. More than a few voices, however, issue uncertain and confusing sounds. Many of these uncertain sounds are sleazy, seductive, and sinful, spoken by those who do not care in the least about the eternal welfare of people. They flaunt the good, the true, and the beautiful; and, they invite people to 'eat, drink, and be merry' all the way down to hell (2 Nephi 28:7-8)." — Carlos E. Asay, "Family Pecan Trees: Planting a Legacy of Faith at Home," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 150-151

A person earnestly seeking eternal life must avoid the pitfalls of temptation and sin. He is never safe from committing sin unless he has fully prepared himself and decided on the course he will take before temptation comes into his life. –
Delbert L. Stapley, “The Path to Eternal Life,” Ensign (CR) November 1973

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