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Gramps, I was always under the impression that the Lord would never tempt us above what we can bear. However, after reading Alma 13:27-28 it seems to read that if we are not continually repenting and humbling ourselves then we could be given temptations beyond what we can bear. What are your views on this.

Mark Hackett, from Cedar Hills, Utah


Dear Mark,

Repentance is not a one-time occurrence. The scripture and the promise that you refer to are in no way exclusive of one another. We are never tempted beyond our power to resist, but we will be called upon, perhaps frequently, to exert all our power in order to resist evil. If we are careless, or if our inclinations tend toward that which is unsavory, then we will lead ourselves into sin by our own willingness rather than by the power of the adversary. As admonished by Peter, we must

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 58)


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