The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Temperance

"'To knowledge,' the Apostle Peter wrote, add 'temperance' (2 Peter 1:6). Temperance suggests sobriety and self-restraint in action. It reminds one of covenants made."—Elder Russell M. Nelson, "These ... Were Our Examples", General Conference, October 1991 

"When the Lord taught that we should be temperate in all things, He gave us invaluable words of wisdom. There is a tendency on the part of nearly everyone to go to extremes in one way or another, so that often we lose the true perspective of life."—Elder Mark E. Petersen, The Way to Peace, p.246 

"We do not require temperance societies; we do not require extraordinary pledges, to cause us to be temperate. If we have been converted to the Gospel of the Son of God, that makes us temperate. There is more power and force in the everlasting Gospel, there is a greater influence to persuade men to do right and to refrain from doing evil than can he found in any organization that has ever been effected in the midst of the children of men."—Elder Joseph W. McMurrin, Conference Report, April 1903, p.63 

"We believe in abstinence from all injurious practices, and from the use of all hurtful things. Poison, in the judgment of the physician, may be beneficial, under some conditions in life, as a momentary relief; but poison, under any circumstance, should only be used as a temporary expedient, necessary, perhaps, in our best judgment, for the time being, for the instant—for sudden and certain desired relief—but the continued use of that poison will fasten its fangs upon us, so to speak, in such a way that by and by we will find that we are overpowered by it, and we become slaves of the pernicious habit that becomes a tyrannical master over us."—Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p.239 

"An attribute described by Peter as being part of the divine nature is temperance. A priesthood holder is temperate. This means he is restrained in his emotions and verbal expressions. He does things in moderation and is not given to overindulgence. In a word, he has self-control. He is the master of his emotions, not the other way around."—Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.446  

“Health, happiness, peace of mind and character come through self-restraint. The only thing that places man above the beast of the field is his possession of spiritual gifts. Man’s earthly existence is but a test as to whether he will concentrate his efforts his mind, his soul, upon things which will contribute to the comfort and gratification of his physical instincts and passions, or whether he will make life’s aims and purposes the acquisition of spiritual qualities.” - David O. McKay, “Conference Report,” April 1967, First Day–Morning Meeting, p. 8

“Tempered glass, like tempered steel, undergoes a well-controlled heating process which increases strength. Thus, when tempered glass is under stress, it will not easily break into jagged shards that can injure.

“Likewise, a temperate soul—one who is humble and full of love—is also a person of increased spiritual strength. With increased spiritual strength, we are able to develop self-mastery and to live with moderation. We learn to control, or temper, our anger, vanity, and pride. With increased spiritual strength, we can protect ourselves from the dangerous excesses and destructive addictions of today’s world.” – Kent D. Watson, “Being Temperate in All Things,” Ensign, November 2009

Security for our families comes from learning self-control, avoiding the excesses of this world, and being temperate in all things. Peace of mind comes from strengthened faith in Jesus Christ. Happiness comes from being diligent in keeping covenants made at baptism and in the holy temples of the Lord. - Kent D. Watson, “Being Temperate in All Things,” Ensign (CR) October 2009

Yes, Jesus was "tempted as we are in all things" yet He was without sin (see Hebrews 4:15). Although He was moved by human emotions throughout His life, there was an essential difference between His expression of them and ours. His emotions were always under control. Frequently ours are uncontrolled and end in bitterness that endangers our own souls. He could hate sin yet have compassion on the sinner. He was angered at the narrowness and bigotry that closed men's minds to truth, yet He was patient in His teachings. He loved all mankind and jealously shepherded them against the evils of the day. - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 8 

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