His talk covers very sensitive material, and I am sure there are many of you out there who have been victims of some of the harmful effects that he spoke about. These afflictions are not what I want to discuss today. I wanted to focus on the tips he gave us to avoid temptation and help others that you know to do the same. He gives these suggestions (which I have paraphrased):
- Separate yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you (emotionally, spiritually, or physically).
- Acknowledge that you need help recovering from addictions, and then seek help.
- Exercise self-control in all aspects of your life and learn to abhor even the smallest sins.
- Do not allow sinful or evil thoughts to linger in your mind.
- Be where the Spirit of the Lord is and make your home a place where He can dwell.
Now, we are not perfect by any means. Sigh. There are still things that sneak or creep in that are against our standards. We talk about them when they occur and come up with a plan to avoid them happening again. We have no desire for evil in our lives.
I love the scripture that Elder Holland quotes at the end of his talk, because it coordinates so well with the suggestions he offered. It is found in 2 Nephi 4:28 and it says, "Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul" (emphasis added). How beautiful are the words of Nephi! Here was a prophet, a man who seemed to be invincible, and yet he cried because he felt as though he has sinned. And yet he was determined to no longer allow the enemy of his soul, Satan, to have any control over his life. He hated sin and vowed to no longer be a part of it.
I think it would be valuable for each of us to follow the counsel of Elder Holland and the prophet Nephi and "give place no more for the enemy of [our] soul[s]."
How has following the counsel of Elder Holland blessed your life?
**Note** I went a little overboard with this free printable...in fact...I couldn't decide which color scheme I liked best. Lucky you! You have the option of two color versions (8x10) as well as a set of bookmarks with the scripture on them. Use them for your Sunday School class, your YW group, etc. Let me know which one you like best!**