Conference Summary for the th Semiannual General Conference. On the cover: Front: Photograph by Welden C. Back: Photograph by Matthew Reier. Inside front cover: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seated from left are President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President; Elder L.
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My beloved brethren of the holy priesthood of God all over the world, I greet each of you in the spirit of love and fellowship. In this life we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.
Making perfect choices all of the time is not possible. But it is possible to make good choices we can live with and grow from. Sometimes we make poor choices when we yield to peer pressure. Kieth Merrill had such an experience when he was a young man.
It inevitably turned into a teenage contest when one young man climbed up to the top of the dam and dived 50 feet into the deep water of the reservoir. The rest of the young men all went to the top of the dam and made the same high dive. Not wanting to be outdone, Kieth climbed up beside him. After the other boy had dived into the water and seemed to be all right, Kieth took courage and made his dive. The contest was now down to these two boys.
He came up from the water laughing, rubbing his shoulders and his eyes. So Kieth swam back to the shore and climbed up the rocks. He knew if he jumped from the same height of 70 feet that his friend would want to go higher, so he scrambled up 80 feet to the very top of the cliff. No one could go any higher than the top. As Kieth looked down, he was terrified to see the water so very far away. He had made a rash decision. It was not what he wanted to do nor what he felt was right. Instead he had based his decision on the prodding and dares of a half dozen young men whose names he cannot now even remember.
He backed up and ran as hard as he could toward the edge. He found the mark he had carefully laid at the edge of the rock and sprang out into space. On the way down he remembered his parents teaching him to be careful when making decisions, because a wrong one could kill him. How grateful he was when his head finally popped above water. Why did he jump? What was he trying to prove? But Kieth realized afterward that he had made what could easily have been a fatal decision.
He knew better. I was not making decisions about my own life. The world made the decisions for me, … and [I] had barely avoided being in the world about six feet deep. It takes a certain kind of courage to stand back rather than leaping forward, foolishly allowing someone else to make our choices for us. We can more readily take firm stands when we have a clear idea of our identity as sons of God and bearers of the holy priesthood, having a bright potential for a meaningful future.
Unfortunately, some of our poor choices are irreversible, but many are not. Often we can change course and get back on the right track. Getting back on the right track may involve the principles of repentance: first, recognizing the error of our ways; second, forsaking the wrongful conduct; third, never repeating it; and, fourth, confessing 3 and making restitution where possible.
Progression comes faster and easier by learning from our parents, those who love us, and our teachers. We can also learn from the mistakes of others, observing the consequences of their wrong choices. I know one bright and able young man who wanted to become a doctor, but the opportunity did not open up for him; so he chose to follow the law.
He has become a very successful lawyer, but I am satisfied he would have been equally successful as a doctor. Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever.
Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed. Some people find it hard to make a decision. Some choices have greater consequences than others. We make no greater voluntary choice in this life than the selection of a marriage partner.
This decision can bring eternal happiness and joy. To find sublime fulfillment in marriage, both partners need to be fully committed to the marriage. Some important choices for fulfillment and happiness should be made only once and then, having been made, never have to be made again. For example, we need only once to make the firm and unequivocal resolution not to smoke tobacco, not to drink alcoholic drinks, nor use mind-changing drugs.
In Elder Robert C. They were guests at a dinner hosted by the Leningrad Naval District. About 50 senior officers of the Soviet Union and the United States were present as the host led the group in toasts before dinner. They stood for the first toast and raised their glasses, most of which were filled with Russian vodka. Brother Oaks had pink lemonade in his glass, which was immediately noticed by the admiral leading the toast.
He stopped and demanded that Brother Oaks fill his glass with vodka, stating that he would not proceed until he had done so. Brother Oaks declined, explaining that he was happy with what he had in his glass.
A significant tension began to build, and even his own team members, most of whom were senior to him, were growing uneasy over the impasse.
Elder Oaks had decided years before that he would never drink alcohol, and so in the moment of trial he did not have to make this choice again. Elder Oaks was convinced that more harm would have come to him if he had compromised a tenet of his faith than the harm that would have come from drinking the vodka. Incidentally, adhering to his religious principles did not hurt his career. After this incident he went on to become a four-star general.
Strangely, doing the wrong thing often seems reasonable, possibly because it seems to be the easiest course. One person having the courage to make the right choice can influence many others to also choose wisely. I wish to endorse what is stated in the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth:.
You are a child of God with great strength. You have the ability to choose righteousness and happiness, no matter what your circumstances. How do we make correct choices? A choice involves making a conscious decision. To make an intelligent decision we need to evaluate all available facts on both sides of an issue. Making correct decisions involves prayer and inspiration. The 9th section of the Doctrine and Covenants gives us the grand key. The Lord said to Oliver Cowdery:.
Brethren, it is my belief and testimony that collectively we have the responsibility to set the example of righteousness to all of the world. Under the great leadership of President Gordon B. Hinckley, we must point the way by the inspired choices we make. The power of choice is yours. May we all use our God-given agency wisely as we make these eternal choices. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
April Preparation for the Second Coming Dallin H. When Thou Art Converted D. Todd Christofferson. The Finished Story Gayle M. In the Strength of the Lord Henry B. Your Personal Influence Thomas S. Statistical Report, F. Michael Watson. Roots and Branches Russell M. Rolfe Kerr. Strengthen Thy Brethren Mervyn B. For the Strength of Youth Earl C.
Choices James E. The Call for Courage Thomas S. Did You Get the Right Message? James E.
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Jeffrey R. Holland
Holland nasceu e foi criado em St. George, Utah. Holland recebeu um segundo mestrado e mais tarde um doutorado em Estudos Americanos na Universidade de Yale. Holland nasceu em St. Seu pai, Frank D.