Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is a well-known three word phrase. It is this: Choose the Right.
There is a hymn in our designated selection of hymns titled with this same three word phrase. The words to this hymn, by Joseph L. Townsend, are both simple and profound:
Choose the right when a choice is placed before you. In the right the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o'er you, when in the right your heart confides.
Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression overcome you in the evil hour.
There's the right and wrong to every question; Be safe through inspiration's power.
Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right! There's safety for the soul.
Choose the right in all labors you're pursuing; Let God and Heaven be your goal.
Choose the right! Choose the right! Let wisdom mark the way before. In it's light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.
These truth-filled verses have been playing through my mind, and although I have been singing this song since I was a small child, the beauty and peace of the message has taken on more meaning for me in this troubled world we live in. There are problems and troubles on every side, and I guess I could list them all off and talk about why they are so difficult, horrifying, and filled with fear and grief.
But that is a road with no destination. And this simple song highlights a better way to obtain peace. It is not in the pessimism and criticism that peace is found. It is simply in believing that there is a God and He will answer our prayers. There is a right and a wrong, and we can know the difference as we know night from day. It does matter what we do with our lives and our choices. Right and wrong are not at the mercy of the world, trends, or personal agendas. They are declared by God and His perfect son Jesus Christ. They are given in wisdom and for eternal purposes. God our Father works in the light and never in secrecy, darkness, or deception. He works in love.
I can truly testify that there is "peace in righteous doing" as the song teaches. There is hope for a good life in an evil world. I invite you to "let God and Heaven be your goal." We all have the power within us to overcome bad with good and choose light when darkness would persist. There is no peace equal to the peace of righteous living.
In Doctrine and Covenants 59: 23 it states, "But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come."
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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