The Devil Whispereth in Their Ears

K. Douglas Bassett
“Some of Satan’s most appealing lines are ‘Everyone does it’; ‘If it doesn’t hurt anybody else, it’s all right’; ‘If you feel all right about it, it’s OK’; or ‘It’s the in thing to do.’ These subtle …[whisperings] make Satan the … master deceiver… . Nephi has given to us the pattern or formula by which Satan operates.” (James E. Faust, Ensign, Nov. 1987, p. 34)

The Devil Stirs Them Up to Anger

D&C 10:24, 32; 63:27-28: Hel. 16:22

“It should come as no surprise that one of the adversary’s tactics in the latter days is stirring up hatred among the children of men. He loves to see us criticize each other, make fun or take advantage of our neighbor’s known flaws, and generally pick on each other. The Book of Mormon is clear from where all anger, malice, greed, and hate come [2 Ne. 28:20]. By the looks of what we constantly see depicted in the news media, it appears that Satan is doing a pretty good job. In the name of reporting the news, we are besieged with sometimes graphic depictions—too often in living color—of greed, extortion, violent sexual crimes, and insults between business, athletic, or political opponents.” (Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May 1992, p. 19)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon