I am writing this late today, sorry.
President Boyd K. Packer recently emphasized this guiding principle:" However out of step we may seem, however much the standards are belittled, however much others yield, we will not yield, we cannot yield." (Ensign May 2008, go here to read the whole article)
Our world today comes at a time, where us as Latter Day Saints need to hold fast, strong, with courage to Stand for Truth and Righteousness.
I had an experience the other day that I want to share with you, I can't believe it came out of my mouth, but I am glad it did.
We were at the store the other day, I noticed while waiting in line that a topic among the shoppers heating up. I couldn't ignore it, I was right in the middle of all of them. I was shocked that here in happyville, this was going on.
A lady turned to me, and said.
"I don't mean to be rude but, I can see your farmer underwear."
She was right, I was holding baby, a son tugging at my shirt, and my sleeve was showing my shoulder and all.
I thanked her, and then she went on to say...
" Why do you sit there in silence when you know what is being said about your religion?"
" I really don't have anything to say, I know what is right, and I will never change the way you all think."
I wanted the line to go into hyper drive. I couldn't get out of it. I felt horrible, my children listening to all of it.
All of the sudden a man, out of the blue questions me..
I simply stated what the church has taught us. "Stand for Truth and Righteousness"
I let them kindly know that how I felt on the subject, I knew I would not change their opinions of me or the church, but I was not going to give in.
I felt attacked, my children felt it too, I was not scared, I had the power of knowledge, and that is all I needed.
I said a prayer in my heart to be able to do what was right.. I really wanted to get the boxing gloves out, but knew that wasn't going to accomplish anything.
This is what I did..
I bore my Testimony. Yep, in front of everyone, in front of my kids.
Do you want to know what they did?
They got into another line..
Yippee, now I can get home faster.
I think this world has come to this.
You can not walk the line. You are either on one side or the other, you cannot be a line jumper, or you are going to get tripped and fall.
Stay strong, stay true.
Remember the Young Woman Value..
Stand for Truth and Righteousness.
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places" (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Choice and Accountability
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation
I hope this week I can be stronger, I pray that I can resist temptation. I will strive to live the Values we have been taught..
How about you? Are you with me!!
Have a great week everyone.