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ANNVER - Will there still be sin during the millennium before Satan is released? I have always thought people can be obedient or not because of their agency but not blame it fully on Satan? I wonder within the Temples if it only resides within the Spirit of God, if yes then does that mean there is no possibility of sin? I'm discussing with friends the thought "where there is no Satan there is no Sin?
JOEL - Speaking of the Millennium Nephi said:
"Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no more, for a long time." (2 Nephi 30: 18)
"For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned.
And because of the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth." (1 Nephi 22: 15, 26)
In the D&C we read about conditions at the second coming:
"And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation." (D&C 45: 58)
With Satan bound because of the righteousness of the people there will be no sin at all on the earth.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said:
"It is not that men cannot sin, for the power is in them to do so-they have their agency-but it is that they do not sin because Satan is subject to them, and they are not enticed by his evil whisperings." (The Millennial Messiah, pp. 668-69)
The Prophet Joseph Smith said:
"Satan was generally blamed for the evils which we did, but if he was the cause of all our wickedness, men could not be condemned. The devil could not compel mankind to do evil; all was voluntary." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 187)
So Satan does not force people to sin. Man is perfectly capable of committing sin without Satan's influence, but because of their righteousness those living on the earth during the Millennium simply will have no desire to commit sin.