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August 9. How Can I Resist Temptations? Alma 43–52
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“August 9. How Can I Resist Temptations? Alma 43–52,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“August 9. How Can I Resist Temptations?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Defense of a Nephite City, by Minerva Teichert

August 9

How Can I Resist Temptations?

Alma 43–52

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Counsel Together

Led by a member of the quorum or class presidency; approximately 10–20 minutes

At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then lead a discussion about items such as the following, and plan ways to act on what you discuss (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to discuss):

  • Our quorum or class. What activities have we had recently? Were they successful? What went well, and how can we improve them?

  • Our duties or responsibilities. Who needs our service? How can we help them?

  • Our lives. What goals are we working on individually? What experiences can we share? What blessings have we received?

At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:

  • Testify of the principles taught.

  • Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.

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Teach the Doctrine

Led by an adult leader or youth; approximately 25–35 minutes

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

The battles between the Nephites and Lamanites described in Alma 43–52 might not seem immediately relevant to us. However, these battles can give us insights that we can use to strengthen ourselves against Satan’s temptations. For instance, when quorum or class members read about how Amalickiah tricked Lehonti, they may have gained insights into how Satan tries to deceive us (see Alma 47). And studying how the Nephites fortified their cities can help us think about what we are doing to protect ourselves against evil influences around us (see Alma 48–50).

What can you appropriately share with your quorum or class about what you are doing to resist temptations? What can you teach them that will help them rely on the Savior when they face temptation? To prepare to teach, consider reading “Temptation” in True to the Faith ([2004], 174–76) and Elder David A. Bednar’s message “Watchful unto Prayer Continually” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 31–35).

Learn Together

You might begin a discussion by inviting those you teach to share anything they learned from Alma 43–52 that could apply to resisting temptation in our day. If needed, you might suggest they review Alma 47; 48:7–9; 49:1–9; 50:1–6. The following activities could also help your quorum or class understand how to better resist temptations.

  • There is great counsel in the scriptures about how to resist temptation. Invite quorum or class members to read the scriptures and the quotation found in “Supporting Resources” (individually or as a class). Then ask them to discuss what they learned that can help them resist temptation. How can we stay true to the Lord when the world tempts us to do otherwise or makes fun of us? Quorum or class members could share experiences when they were able to resist temptation. What advice can we share with each other?

  • In his message “Watchful unto Prayer Continually” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 31–35), Elder David A. Bednar likened Satan’s strategies to tempt us to the strategies cheetahs use to hunt topis. Consider showing pictures of cheetahs and topis (see Elder Bednar’s message for examples), and share some of the details Elder Bednar gave about these animals. Then you could divide your quorum or class into three groups and invite each group to read one of the three lessons Elder Bednar identified. Each group could then share what they learned. As Elder Bednar suggested, you could “reflect on this episode with the cheetahs and the topis and identify additional lessons for you and your family” (pages 34–35). What additional lessons can your quorum or class think of?

    The predatory actions of cheetahs can help us understand the tactics of the adversary.

  • Members of your quorum or class can learn ways to resist temptation by reading Elder Neil L. Andersen’s message “Overcoming the World” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 58–62). To help them discover these ways, write the following headings on the board: Overcoming the world means … and Overcoming the world results in … Then ask them to write under the headings various ways to complete these sentences using Elder Andersen’s message. Quorum or class members could then discuss people in the scriptures who diligently tried to overcome the world, or they could describe someone they know who is doing this. They could also share blessings they have received as they have tried to overcome the world. How does Jesus Christ help us overcome the world? (see Alma 37:33).

Act in Faith

Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do in the coming weeks to act on the impressions they received while studying the doctrine today. Invite them to share their ideas.

Supporting Resources

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 4:7–8; 1 Nephi 15:24; Alma 13:28; Helaman 5:12; 3 Nephi 18:18–19; Doctrine and Covenants 3:6–8; 27:15–18; 62:1; 87:8 (Counsel on resisting temptations)

  • Gary E. Stevenson, “Deceive Me Not,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 93–96

  • Gospel Topics, “Temptation,” topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org

  • “Dare to Stand Alone,” “195 Dresses,” “Stay within the Lines,” “Guided Safely Home” (videos), ChurchofJesusChrist.org

  • Elder David A. Bednar taught: “I invite the young people of the Church to … study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead. … As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers. … I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 26–27).

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

The Savior prepared Himself to teach by praying and fasting. As you prepare to teach quorum or class members, pray for guidance to know how to help them understand the blessings that come from living the Lord’s standards.