3 Nephi 1:29
Children” become for themselves” means to me that they want to do their own thing and not follow their parents. They rebel against the teachings they have been given. They are easily lead astray at this point. Peer influence plays a big part of it.
[even John the baptist lost his life because of peer influence]
1 Tim. 4:12
Pilate did the same thing when he ordered Jesus to be crucified. He knew what was right but followed the people's wills.
the children were lead away from Christ.
OCTOBER 1994 | Making the Right Choices
Richard G. Scott Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Answer: You can’t please God without upsetting Satan, so you will get pressure from those he tempts to do wrong. Individuals who do wrong want you to join them because they feel more comfortable in what they are doing when others do it also. They may also want to take advantage of you. It is natural to want to be accepted by peers, to be part of a group—some even join gangs because of that desire to belong, but they lose their freedom, and some lose their lives. One of the hardest things for you to recognize is how truly strong you already are and how others silently respect you. We have great confidence in you. You don’t need to compromise your standards to be accepted by good friends. The more obedient you are, the more you stand for true principles, the more the Lord can help you overcome temptation.2 You can also help others because they will feel your strength. Let them know about your standards by consistently living them. Answer questions about your principles when you are asked, but avoid being preachy. I know from personal experience that works.
No one intends to make serious mistakes. They come when you compromise your standards to be more accepted by others. You be the strong one. You be the leader. Choose good friends and resist peer pressure together.
APRIL 2005 | Be Thou an Example
Thomas S. Monson First Counselor in the First Presidency
Today, permissiveness, immorality, pornography, and the power of peer pressure cause many to be tossed on a sea of sin and crushed on the jagged reefs of lost opportunities, forfeited blessings, and shattered dreams.
Precious young women, and you mothers, Young Women leaders, and advisers, may I leave with you a code of conduct to guide your footsteps safely through mortality and to the celestial kingdom of our Heavenly Father. I have divided my code of conduct into four parts:
First, you have a heritage; honor it. There come thundering to our ears the words from Mount Sinai: “Honour thy father and thy mother.”2
...Remember the words from the Book of Mormon: “Wickedness never was happiness.”5
Essential to your success and happiness is the advice “Choose your friends with caution.” We tend to become like those whom we admire, and they are usually our friends. We should associate with those who, like us, are planning not for temporary convenience, shallow goals, or narrow ambition—but rather with those who value the things that matter most, even eternal objectives.
Maintain an eternal perspective. Let there be a temple marriage in your future. There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy. Be alert; do not permit temptation to rob you of this blessing.
Stay grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ through study, prayer and keeping covenants. Be a good example to others. Serve Him. Strengthen those around you.
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