Resist Evil Influences

“Resist Evil Influences,” Liahona, July 2007, F6–F7

From the Life of President Spencer W. Kimball

Resist Evil Influences

Adapted from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 103.

Resist Evil Influences, left page
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Illustrations by Sal Velluto and Eugenio Mattozzi

As a young missionary serving in the Central States Mission, Elder Kimball was traveling on a train to Chicago, Illinois, when a man approached him.

Man: Hey there, young fellow. I have a book that I think you’ll like.

It was a vulgar book filled with obscene pictures. Spencer wouldn’t touch it.

Elder Kimball: You are wrong, sir. That book does not appeal to me.

The man tried a different approach.

Man: Come into the city with me. I’ll show you where you can have a good time.

Elder Kimball: Absolutely not. I am a representative of Jesus Christ, and I will not follow where you go.

The man realized that the young missionary was in earnest and finally left him alone. Spencer recorded in his journal that he could feel himself blush for an hour.

Elder Kimball: Oh, how hard Satan, through his imps, tries to lead young people astray.
I thank the Lord that I had the power to resist.

Later, as the prophet, President Spencer W. Kimball spoke about resisting evil.

President Kimball: The fight against Satan and his forces is not a little skirmish with a half-willed antagonist, but a battle royal with an enemy so powerful, entrenched, and organized that we are likely to be vanquished if we are not strong, well trained, and watchful.