I keep giving in to the same temptations. It’s frustrating. How can I move past those sins?
I’m a convert, and the temptations were strong for me because I had different customs from those of the Church. Little by little, I began to understand that the communication I had with my Heavenly Father strengthened me and made it easier for me to overcome everything. (Read “How to Rely on the Protective Power of Prayer.”)
Pamela S., age 19, Llanquihue Province, Chile
Control Your Thoughts
Our thoughts are a gateway to our actions. Temptations, just like the melody of a song you remember, can penetrate our minds. When they come to your mind, try moving away from these thoughts by teaching yourself how to act and think. You have the power to do it! (Read “How to Change Your Thinking.”)
Taynara S., age 19, São Paulo, Brazil
Get Away from the Source of the Temptations
If it’s your phone that you’re addicted to, try to get rid of that or get your parents to put restrictions on that so you can’t do it, or if your friends are the ones who are tempting you, find good friends and try to be surrounded by good people who help you feel the Spirit always. If you have the Spirit with you and you’re surrounded by good friends, then it’s easier to be able to resist the temptations. Temptations come to everyone, but as long as we resist them, then we’ll be good.
Kolten B., age 17, Alberta, Canada
Something I would recommend doing is praying about it. I know that answers don’t come immediately, but comfort always can. You can also find comfort by taking your mind off the thing that’s bothering you and thinking of something that makes you happy. Whatever way you find comfort, I know anyone can find it through Jesus Christ. (Watch “A Promise of Comfort.”)
Anna P., age 12, Utah, USA
Get Support from Others
Always stay with someone you love, like your family and close friends who have the same standards as you. This might help you in staying away from the temptation. Involve yourself in family and Church activities, especially missionary and family history work. Don’t be frustrated; the Lord’s hand is always extended to those who have a desire to repent.
Elder Tucay, age 20, Ghana Cape Coast Mission
Responses are intended for help and perspective, not as official pronouncements of Church doctrine.
“Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us. …
“… As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were.”