Ways to Win

Standing up to temptation is a never-ending battle, but that’s no excuse to throw in the towel. In fact, there are plenty of ideas you can try to make the job easier, no matter where you are or who you’re with. Here are a few to try:

  • Before taking a test at school, pick a safe location in the room where you can glance if you need a break from looking down. Having a prearranged spot can keep your eyes from wandering where they shouldn’t.

  • Put reminders of high standards (a picture of the Savior, a quote from the scriptures, a New Era poster) in your locker. Use New Era postercards as bookmarks.

  • Before telling a joke, imagine trying it out on Mom or Dad, or even your bishop. If that seems awkward, keep it to yourself.

  • Seek friends who have the same standards as you. It’s easier to choose the right when those around you are doing it too.

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

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

  • To take your mind off tempting thoughts, try washing your hands, humming a hymn, reciting a scripture, or anything 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 God will not let you be tempted beyond your power to resist (see 1 Cor. 10:13).

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