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Peer Pressure

Overview

People who do wrong often want others to join them because they feel more comfortable knowing that others are doing wrong too. Those who are striving to live a righteous life may receive pressure from such individuals. This pressure is often strongest during childhood and teenage years, when there is a powerful need to be accepted by one’s peers. The Lord will strengthen those who strive to maintain high standards regardless of what others may do or say.

While it is natural to want to be accepted by peers, gaining that acceptance by compromising one’s standards leads to a loss of freedom. This loss of freedom can begin with seemingly small acts of disobedience for the sake of fitting in. In more extreme situations, those who join gangs for acceptance not only lose their freedom but may also lose their lives.

Those who stand firm for righteous principles are stronger than they may realize, are often respected by others, and may influence others for good. Elder Richard G. Scott taught the following concerning peer pressure:

“The more obedient you are, the more you stand for true principles, the more the Lord can help you overcome temptation. You can also help others because they will feel your strength. Let them know about your standards by consistently living them. Answer questions about your principles when you are asked, but avoid being preachy. I know from personal experience that works.

“No one intends to make serious mistakes. They come when you compromise your standards to be more accepted by others. You be the strong one. You be the leader. Choose good friends and resist peer pressure together” (“Making the Right Choices,” General Conference, October 1994).

Scriptures

Scripture References

Scripture Study Resources

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages

Videos

“No Cussing Club”

Learning Resources

General Resources

Choosing God No Matter Who You Are,” Latter-day Saints Channel

Church Magazines

Connor Jones, “A Lone Voice,” New Era, March 2017

Lori Fuller, “Turning Down the Dare,” Friend, October 2016

Marissa Thompson, “What Swimming Taught Me,” New Era, June 2011

Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick, “Helping Children Develop Feelings of Self-Worth,” Ensign, February 2006

Keith R. Waters, “Get Me Out of This!New Era, June 2005

Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick, “Helping Teens Stay Strong,” Ensign, March 1999

Chris Crowe, “Good by Association,” New Era, May 1990

In the News

Viewpoint: Be Not Ashamed,” Church News

Stories

Teaching Resources

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Peer Pressure,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children

Media

Audio

Dealing with Bullying and Peer Pressure—Part 1,” Gospel Solutions for Families, episode 75

Overcoming Negative Peer Pressure,” For the Youth, episode 18

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