Standing Up to Temptation

By Darrin Lythgoe

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    Standing up to temptation is a never-ending battle, but that is no excuse to give in. Following are ideas you can use to make resisting temptation easier, no matter where you are or who you’re with.

    • Put reminders of high standards (a picture of the Savior, a quote from the scriptures, a Liahona poster) in your backpack or schoolbag.

    • Before telling a joke, imagine trying it out on your mom or dad or even your bishop. If you feel uncomfortable, keep the joke to yourself.

    • Seek friends who have the same standards you do. It’s easier to choose the right when those around you are trying to make good choices too.

    • If you are having trouble getting up in time for early-morning seminary, put the alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you will have to stand up to turn it off.

    • Always consider the consequences of your thoughts and actions. Ask yourself, “Is this something Jesus Christ would do?”

    • To take your mind off of tempting thoughts, try humming a hymn, reciting a scripture, or doing something else that will distract you.

    • Pray for guidance and help to overcome temptations that come your way.

    • Read the scriptures and attend seminary regularly. Like our bodies, our spirits need daily nourishment to stay fit and ready to fight off temptation.

    • Remember that Heavenly Father will not let you be tempted beyond your power to resist (see 1 Cor. 10:13).

    The Three Temptations, by Gary E. Smith