The People Having Been carried About by the Temptations of the Devil

Bryan Richards

Neal A. Maxwell

"This people actually lost both personal and social control, as these words vividly portray: ’And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year—the people having been delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should—and thus they were in a state of awful wickedness.’ (3 Nephi 6:17. Italics added.)
"Surely it should give us more pause than it does to think of how casually we sometimes give to him who could not control his own ego in the premortal world such awful control over our egos here. We often let the adversary do indirectly now what we refused to let him do directly then.
“Thus we can expect no immunity from either trial or temptation, because these are the common lot of mankind. Mortality without the dimension of temptation or trial would not be full proving, it would be a school with soft credits and no hard courses. These features of mortality were among the very conditions we agreed to before we undertook this mortal experience. We cannot renege on that commitment now.” (We Will Prove Them Herewith, p. 45)