When the 116 pages were lost, they fell into the hands of wicked men. The Lord knew that if Joseph retranslated the lost section, the wicked men would make changes and say that he hadn’t done it “by the power of God” because the two copies wouldn’t match. The Lord explained to Joseph that “the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work.” Instead, the Lord had prompted Nephi (thousands of years earlier) to make a second record which Joseph could now translate that would contain precious truths and the story of Lehi and his family. Satan’s plan failed, and the Lord showed Joseph that His wisdom is “greater than the cunning of the devil.”
In Doctrine & Covenants section 10, we learn that Satan tries to trick us, in order to destroy our souls. He lies, tempts, deceives, and distracts us. He tries to harden our hearts and overpower our testimonies. The wisdom of God is much greater than the devil. God can help us make right choices, forgive us, love us, and bring us joy and peace. He knows the end from the beginning and if we trust in Him, keep his commandments, and pray always, we can overcome Satan and his deceptions.
“I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.”
How does the devil try to deceive us?
What can we do to overcome the deceptions of the devil?
How does the Lord help us?
“My friends, I promise that as we strive to love God with all our heart, pray in the name of Jesus Christ, study the Book of Mormon, and prayerfully partake of the sacrament, we will have the ability, with the strength of the Lord, to overcome the deceptive practices of the adversary, to minimize distractions that limit our divine potential, and to resist the discouragement that diminishes our capacity to feel the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son. We will come to fully understand who we are as sons and daughters of God.” Elder Peter M. Johnson
In Doctrine and Covenants 10:5 it says, “Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan”. As you enjoy these pretzel treats shaped like praying arms, talk about the importance of praying always.
Have a post idea? If you'd like to see about providing a guest post on MLH, contact us and tell us about it. We love to post articles that help people live fuller, more vibrant lives. Bonus if it speaks specifically to the uniqueness of living a faithful LDS lifestyle.