Standing Up to Temptation


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).

[illustration] The Three Temptations, by Gary E. Smith