The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Temptation

"Dwelling in the world is part of our mortal test. The challenge is to live in the world yet not partake of the world's temptations which will lead us away from our spiritual goals. When one of us gives up and succumbs to the wiles of the adversary, we may lose more than our own soul. Our surrender could cause the loss of souls who respect us in this generation. Our capitulation to temptation could affect children and families for generations to come." — Elder Robert D. Hales, "Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure," General Conference, April 1998

"How shall our people keep themselves unspotted from the world unless they develop within themselves the spiritual strength and capacity to resist temptation that is so rampant everywhere we go these days? And where shall they develop such discipline? I think the meaning of this revelation [D&C 59:9, 12] is clear: they shall develop such discipline of self and such desire to live above the stains of the world in their communion with the Lord as worshipers in sacrament meetings." — President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Priesthood Of Aaron," General Conference, October 1982

"To overcome temptation you and I must control our thoughts. Exit from your mind bad thoughts. Avoid the wrong way of unrighteous thoughts. Stop thoughts that lead to behavior unbecoming to a Latter-day Saint. You do not have to yield to temptation! Discipline what you allow your eyes to see, your ears to hear, your mouth to speak, and your hands to touch." — Elder Rulon G. Craven, "Temptation, "General Conference, April 1996

"When you are tempted to do wrong, do not stop one moment to argue, but tell Mr. Devil to walk out of your barn." — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 3:359

"We will not be tempted beyond our capacity to resist. (See 1 Cor. 10:13.) This principle comes as a promise to those who are striving to resist and are not reckless in their response to temptations. (See Alma 13:28.)" - L. Lionel Kendrick, "Our Moral Agency," Ensign, March 1996, p. 32

"Surely we live in troubled times, but we can seek and obtain the good despite Satan's temptations and snares. He cannot tempt us beyond our power to resist. (See 1 Cor. 10:13.) When we seek 'anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy,' we are seeking to emulate the Savior and follow his teachings. Then we are on the path that can lead us to eternal life." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Seeking the Good," Ensign, May 1992, p. 88

"God can reveal to us our talents and our strengths so that we will know what we can build upon. Be assured that in all our righteous endeavors, we can say, as did Paul: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.' (Philip. 4:13.) Also be assured, as Paul said further, that there will be no temptation befall us but what is common to man: but God will, with each temptation, provide a way to escape. (See 1 Cor. 10:13.)" - Ezra Taft Benson, "In His Steps," Ensign, September 1988, p. 4

"As we see ourselves, and others, passing through fiery trials, the wisdom of Peter, who had his own share of fiery trials, is very useful: 'Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.' (1 Peter 4:12.) We do know, however, that God will not suffer us to be tempted above what we can bear. 'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.' (1 Corinthians 10:13.) God carefully scales 'all these things,' since we cannot bear all things now. He has told us: 'Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.' (D&C 50:40.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], p. 44

"The Lord tests us and tries us. He tests all of His saints. There is no question that the harder the test, the higher the reward for passing it. Abraham laid all that he had on the altar, thus proving himself worthy of exaltation. Our Father knows where we are on the path, and He knows when it is enough and when to provide the ram. We never walk alone. Because He loves us, He will not deprive us of the growth that comes from our tests, however hard they may be. It is comforting to know that He will never test any of us beyond our ability to withstand. We know that 'there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.' (1 Corinthians 10:13.)" - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990], p. 171

"Well might we ponder the source which could be ours if we keep ourselves worthy. [The source of which I speak is] our Lord and Master ([He was] my consolation on a night over thirty years ago when I faced the greatest challenge of my life). 'For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help [us] in [our] time of need.' (Hebrews 4:15-16.) Those timeless words should be written upon the tablets of our hearts: to likewise give us courage to withstand in our time of need." - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 190

"Enduring temptation is one of the greatest challenges. Jesus endured temptation but yielded not. (See Mosiah 15:5.) Christ withstood because He gave 'no heed' to temptations. (D&C 20:22.) You and I tend to dally over and dabble in temptations, entertaining them for a while, even if we later evict them. However, to give temptations any heed can set the stage for later succumbing." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Endure It Well," Ensign, May 1990, p. 34

"The Prophet Joseph Smith faced temptation. Can you imagine the ridicule, the scorn, the mocking that must have been heaped upon him as he declared that he had seen a vision? I suppose it became almost unbearable for the boy. He no doubt knew that it would be easier to retract his statements concerning the vision and just get on with a normal life. He did not, however, give in. These are his words: 'I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true.... I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it.' (Joseph Smith-History 1:25.) Joseph Smith taught courage by example. He faced temptation and withstood it." - Thomas S. Monson, "Be Thou an Example," General Young Women's Meeting, March 2005

"Our mind, throughout the day, is continually active. We choose the avenues of thought that our mind travels. Allowing worldly thoughts to enter your mind can lead to unrighteous acts. As we travel the highways of life, our physical senses are continually bombarded with billboards, posters, magazines, videos, movies, etc., that entice and tempt the mind and, if allowed, create mental pictures that are not becoming to a Latter-day Saint.

"When evil thoughts arise—Stop! Think! Control your mind! Visualize a large EXIT sign in your mind's eye. Immediately change your thoughts. Get off of that avenue of thinking." - Rulon G. Craven, "Temptation," Ensign, May 1996, 76

"Like Jesus, we can decide, daily or instantly, to give no heed to temptation (see  D&C 20:22). We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness." - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Tugs and Pulls of the World," Ensign, November 2000

"If we pay close attention to the uses of the word remember in the holy scriptures, we will recognize that remembering in the way God intends is a fundamental and saving principle of the gospel. This is so because prophetic admonitions to remember are frequently calls to action: to listen, to see, to do, to obey, to repent. (See 2 Nephi 1:12; Mosiah 6:3; Helaman 5:14.) When we remember in God's way, we overcome our human tendency simply to gird for the battle of life and actually engage in the battle itself, doing all in our power to resist temptation and avoid sinning." - Marlin K. Jensen, "Remember and Perish Not," General Conference, April 2007

“To enjoy the sweet, mankind must know something about the bitter. They must have the opportunity of exercising their faculties and testing their powers. Unless they were exposed to temptation they never could know themselves, their own powers, their own weaknesses nor the power of God. If Satan had no power to tempt mankind, they would be in a state where they could neither know good nor evil; they could not know happiness nor misery. All their powers would lie dormant, for there would be nothing to arouse them. They would be destitute of that experience which prepares men to become like God, their Eternal Father.” - George Q. Cannon, “Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon,” selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p. 109

“I have learned by experience that the enemy of truth does not slumber, nor cease his exertions to bias the minds of communities against the servants of the Lord, by stirring up the indignation of men upon all matters of importance or interest.” – “Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith,” p. 78

"Yielding to temptation can lead to the addiction of both body and spirit. Addiction can be overpowering and lead to enslavement, and enslavement leads to loss of freedom and inner peace." - Rulon G. Craven, Temptation, Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 76

When temptation comes your way, name that boastful, deceitful giant “Goliath!” and do with him as David did to the Philistine of Gath. God bless each of you, I humbly pray. - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Overpowering the Goliaths in Our Lives," Ensign (CR) April 1983

The question for us now is—will we succeed? Will we resist? Will we wear the victor’s crown? Satan may have lost Jesus, but he does not believe he has lost us. He continues to tempt, taunt, and plead for our loyalty. We should take strength for this battle from the fact that Christ was victorious not as a God but as a man. - Howard W. Hunter, "The Temptations of Christ," Ensign (CR) November 1976

When temptation comes, you can invent a delete key in your mind—perhaps the words from a favorite hymn. Your mind is in charge; your body is the instrument of your mind. When some unworthy thought pushes into your mind, replace it with your delete key. - Boyd K. Packer, "Prayer and Promptings," Ensign (CR) November 2009

The world loves its own, but it loved not the disciples of Jesus because he called them out of the world. On the same principle the world cannot love us. Let us realize this fact, and while being just to all men, let us live the religion of Jesus Christ, and trust in God. If we are pressed on all sides from without, it will tend to unite and make us all the more solid. Snow is soft and yielding, melting easily under the genial rays of the sun, but press it hard from every side and it congeals into a frozen mass, and in that state is capable of resisting mighty forces. - Moses Thatcher, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 23:213

Faith, hope, and charity are godly attributes which, when acquired and accompanied by participation in essential ordinances, will help to qualify us for entrance into the celestial kingdom some day. But in addition these attributes have urgent relevance in helping us to fend off the fiery darts of the adversary in today's world. Faith and hope are antidotes for discouragement, depression, and despair, and charity immunizes us against paranoia and acute high blood pressure, ulcers, and migraine headaches in the wake of offensive behavior by others. - Spencer J. Condie, "Your Agency, Handle with Care," p. 21

Temptation is like a magnetic force which holds a metal object in its power. It loses its magnetic force and power when you turn away from it. So we must turn away from temptation; then it will lose its power. - Rulon G. Craven, "Temptation," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 76

What about us? We live in a world of temptation—temptation that seems more real and oppressively rampant than any since the days of Noah. Are we remaining faithful in such a world? Every individual in this church should ask himself, "Am I living so that I am keeping unspotted from the evils of the world?” - Howard W. Hunter, "The Temptations of Christ," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p.17

To illustrate the opposition of temptation, the Book of Mormon describes three methods the devil will use in the last days. First, he will “rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good” (2 Nephi 28:20). Second, he will “pacify, and lull [members] away into carnal security,” saying “Zion prospereth, all is well” (verse 21). Third, he will tell us “there is no hell; and … I am no devil, for there is none” (verse 22), and therefore there is no right and wrong. Because of this opposition, we are warned not to be “at ease in Zion!” (verse 24). - Dallin H. Oaks, “Opposition in All Things,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

It is a frightening realization that the powers of evil will increase in the world. This brings us to the question, What can we do? Is there a way to escape from the powers of evil? Yes, there is.
Members of the Church can overcome temptation by (1) obedience to the guiding principles and doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ, (2) following the counsel of our prophets and leaders, and (3) living in such a way that our lives are constantly influenced by the power of the Holy Ghost. - Rulon G. Craven, “Temptation,” Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.76

To blind the eyes is not to see or acknowledge the consequences of our actions. To harden the heart is to ignore or not be willing to accept counsel. To be led into the broad roads is to give in to worldly enticements and lose the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. - Rulon G. Craven, “Temptation,” Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.76

The Savior gives us a profound key by which we can cope with and even surmount the debilitating forces of the world. Said the Savior, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” This grand key then is that, regardless of the saturation of wickedness around us, we must stay free from the evil of the world. The Savior’s prayer both commands us to avoid evil and proffers divine help to do so. Through this effort we become one with our Lord. The prayer of the Savior in Gethsemane was, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – James E. Faust, “Woman, Why Weepest Thou?” Ensign (CR) November 1996

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