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Magnets and Temptation (Soares)

At general conference I shared some thoughts about avoiding temptation by seeking Jesus Christ in every thought and following Him with all our hearts.

Metaphorically speaking, yielding to temptation is like approaching a magnet with a metal object. The magnet’s invisible force attracts the metal object and holds it tightly. The magnet loses its power over it only when the metal object is placed far from it. Therefore, just as the magnet is unable to exercise power over a faraway metal object, as we resist temptation it fades away and loses its power over our mind and heart and, consequently, over our actions.
My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify that as we rely upon the rock of salvation, the Savior of our souls, and follow Moroni’s counsel (see Mosiah 2:4; Mormon 9:27–29), our ability to control our thoughts will increase significantly. I can assure you that our spiritual maturity will grow at an increasing pace, changing our heart, making us more like Jesus Christ. Additionally, the influence of the Holy Ghost will be more intense and continuous in our life. Then the enemy’s temptations, little by little, will lose their power over us, resulting in a happier and more pure and consecrated life.
I invite all of us to “hear Him” in every thought and follow Him with all our heart in order to obtain the strength and courage to say “no” and “get thee hence” to all the things that might bring unhappiness into our life. If we do so, I promise that the Lord will send an added measure of His Holy Spirit to strengthen and comfort us, and we may become individuals after the Lord’s own heart. #HearHim #GeneralConference

Elder Ulisses Soures, October 2020 General Conference



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