Temptation

Trouble and Passions, Alma 38

Aug 14, 2020
3 min read

When our identity is framed first and foremost as a child of God, and his doctrine and principles become our foundation, we then invoke the principle of sacrifice to bridle our passions so that they are within God’s bounds.

Parallels Between Jesus’ Temptations and Nephi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

Jan 22, 2020
1 min read

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we find an account of Jesus being tempted by the devil while fasting in the wilderness. The scene parallels, in at least two significant ways, Nephi’s vision of the tree of life….

Visualizing the Sources of Ideas

Aug 10, 2019
4 min read

As I was meditating upon the various sources of ideas that influence man, my thoughts converged upon a simple model that I have been finding useful. Ultimately, the mind of God is the source of all light, truth, and knowledge….

Entering the Darkness

Mar 23, 2019
3 min read

The one component of Lehi’s vision that I have been thinking about for a while now is the mist of darkness. There have been many satisfying things I have learned from meditating upon this part of the vision and pondering…

Matthew 4: The Temptation of Christ and the Vision of the Tree of Life

Feb 9, 2019
4 min read

I’m not sure if anyone has made this connection before, but in studying Matthew 4, I noticed that there were some pretty striking similarities to what Jesus went through in the desert and the vision that Lehi and Nephi had….

Resisting temptation – C.S. Lewis

Oct 16, 2014
1 min read

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to…

…And Say Unto You, ‘Receive the Mind of God’

Oct 30, 2013
11 min read

The Lectures on Faith is a fantastic addition to the doctrinal knowledge base of the Latter-day Saints. They were part of the Doctrine and Covenants for almost 100 years and were separated from the canon on the grounds that they…

Enemy Territory: The War With Temptation

Oct 4, 2013
5 min read

Enemy territory can be avoided in many respects, but what happens when the enemy territory expands its influence into your borders? In the Book of Mormon, the wars become interesting if you approach them in the context of the spiritual…