Thursday, July 12, 2012

Awake and Rejoice!

As I was researching gospel topics to study, I came across a powerful talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in General Conference back in 2010. His talk is entitled "Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul." I remember when he gave this talk--it pierced my soul and took my breath away. Elder Holland speaks with such boldness, love, and authority that I listened to every word with anticipation.

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.
 My husband and I have tried to implement all of these suggestions into our lives and home. Some call us extreme (for example, we will turn off a movie or throw away a book if it uses the Lord's name in vain even once) and others tell us that we worry too much, but guess what? We feel safe. We have avoided many things that could numb our minds and hearts to the things of most importance. I feel the Spirit in my home because I have done everything I can to keep evil out.

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 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!**

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  1. Absolutely love this! Shared with my readers and printed my own copy to hang in my office. Thank you!

  2. I love this wonderful reminder that, as Christians, we must guard our hearts, our souls, homes, etc. against attack from the enemy. In these days, there is so much out there....especially on television. Last night, flipping through the channels, I saw and heard something shocking on regular cable television. You have to be so careful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful printable, as well as a message we all need to hear!

  3. Any chance you could email me this file? My computer won't let me download it :( and my friend wants to use if for her daughter's baptism ;)

    1. mshellwright, I definitely can do that. What is your email address? And which one do you want?