Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Power to Choose

Within the Church of Jesus Christ we have a living prophet. The man called at this time is Thomas S. Monson. He leads and guides the church as directed by the Savior Jesus Christ.

In his most recent talk, at General Conference, President Monson talked about the power and essential nature and consequence of our choices. I wanted to share with you the last part of this talk.

President Monson teaches,

 "May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary- a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowhere. With it, we can accomplish our goals.

Although it is imperative that we choose wisely, there are times when we will make foolish choices. The gift of repentance, provided by our Savior, enables us to correct our course settings, that we might return to the path which will lead us to that celestial glory we seek.

May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day-whether to make this choice or that choice- if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice."

I have been thinking a lot lately about that "harder right" and have a personal desire to care more about what my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ think of me, rather than what the world and popular trend would persuade me to believe. As a child of God, I know that there is something far better in store for me, and for you, than what conformity to man's whim could ever provide. There is an eternal inheritance waiting if we are faithful in all things given to us at the hand of the Savior.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


  1. "Agency", or the power to act, is one of God's greatest gifts. It is the ultimate teacher. We are free to choose our own consequences based on our choices. If we choose faith and God, (usually the harder right decision) we are happy, if we choose the selfish, short sighted choice (usually the easier wrong decision) we will be unhappy. What a great responsibility God has given to us to teach us how to be happy.

  2. I was discussing this very thing with a friend tonight. I think one of the most harmful things we can do is compare ourselves to others. In my own life, I choose to be happy. I choose to be grateful for my own blessings and rejoice in the blessings of those around me. I choose to love and serve others rather than let bitterness enter my heart.
    I'm grateful for the gift of agency. It's not always easy. But understanding that I have the power to choose to be happy has brought peace and blessings into my life.


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