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Three of gospels mention temptations in wilderness

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness are mentioned by three of the writers of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. John made no mention of them.

Mark mentions simply the fact that Jesus was tempted; Matthew and Luke specify the temptations. They both list as first the temptation that Jesus provide food for Himself by miraculously creating bread from stone. Matthew listed second the temptation that Jesus wantonly throw Himself upon the Father's protection; Luke placed this temptation third. Last in Matthew's account and second in Luke's is the temptation for Jesus to seek worldly power and wealth.Many misinterpret or misunderstand the biblical accounts of the temptations. In The Mortal Messiah, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: "Jesus, as our evangelical authors tell us, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. As we shall see, however, He went into the wilderness, as guided by the Spirit, to be with God.

In Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Elder McConkie noted that righteous men do not seek out temptation.T Then, after forty days of fasting, prayer, and divine communion - and in connection with certain great spiritual experiences that then came to Him - He was visited by the devil who came tempting, enticing, seeking to destroy the house of faith in which Jesus dwelt." [See JST Matt. 4:1-2; and JST Luke 4:1-2.]