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List of things to do when tempted.
By shadow
4/7/2009 9:27:48 AM
I felt like I should come up with a list of things I should do when I feel tempted to try and get my mind on something else.

1. Read Scriptures.
2. Play Video Games.
3. Practice guitar or piano.
4. Drive.
5. Write here.
6. Call/Talk to someone.
7. Goto school/work early.

I'm sure I'll come up with more later.

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0.5. Pray    
"0.5. Pray for Him to take the thoughts, images & compulsion away.

Then I would definitely run down the rest of the list.

I've found if I am just doing the outward things to change my focus it is an uphill fight. Satan keeps pushing his way back onto the stage. If I first ask for God's help to work from the inside, I can easily focus on the outside activities that help me get to a better place.

Take care"
posted at 13:15:56 on April 7, 2009 by Anonymous
A few more    
"*change your location (step away from your trigger places)
*read a book/magazine
*exercise
*get a snack
*go for a walk
*listen to some good music
*create something (art, crafts, cooking, anything that keeps your hands and mind busy)
*Sing a song (it doesn't help me to just "think my favorite hymn" but if I sing out loud I can't focus on both my inappropriate thoughts and what I'm singing


*When I was first trying to stop masturbating (I don't look at porn, so I don't know if this would be as helpful if that is your main addiction) I had a "koosh" ball that I kept next to my bed (the place where I usually had a problem) and I would fidget with it to help me "white knuckle" through temptations. It gave me something else to focus on and it kept my hands busy. I don't need it any more (in fact I had almost forgotten I had used it until just now writing it).

Mostly it is all about filling your life and your mind with positive/uplifting things. Beware any time that you are sitting around with "nothing to do" and find something. Make a list of things that you can do when you get bored, depressed, frustrated etc. "
posted at 23:49:17 on April 7, 2009 by ican


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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987