Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dare to Stand Alone

I've stood alone many times in my life.  It's been part of who I am and what I am to do.  Many of you are in the same situation; surrounded by things/people/philosophies that aren't true.  You know, deep inside, that you must stand-up and even stand alone for what you know to be true.

I remember a statement I heard years ago that really stuck with me.  It was something like 'Wrong is always wrong even if 'everyone' is doing it and...right is always right even if no one is doing it."

President Monson spoke to men of God when he said "Dare to Stand Alone'.  He shares the following: "I recall a time—and some of you here tonight will also—when the standards of most people were very similar to our standards. No longer is this true. I recently read an article in the New York Times concerning a study which took place during the summer of 2008. A distinguished Notre Dame sociologist led a research team in conducting in-depth interviews with 230 young adults across America. I believe we can safely assume that the results would be similar in most parts of the world.  I share with you just a portion of this very telling article:"
“The interviewers asked open-ended questions about right and wrong, moral dilemmas and the meaning of life. In the rambling answers, … you see the young people groping to say anything sensible on these matters. But they just don’t have the categories or vocabulary to do so.
“When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all, like whether they could afford to rent a certain apartment or whether they had enough quarters to feed the meter at a parking spot.”

My hope is that we'll live above the 'world' and do the things that we know are true - even if they are not the most popular or well-accepted.  The greatest leaders of all time were those who led the way - and taught true principles by doing so.