We can learn how to make inspired decisions by following four steps. Then we can receive confirmation from God about whether our choices were right or wrong.
Do you have difficulty making decisions?
Life is a matter of choices. We make them as soon as we wake up in the morning, and we continue to do so throughout the day. What can we do when we have to make difficult decisions? How do we know when we’ve made the right choice?
Elder Anthony D. Perkins speaks to those who wrestle with “important decisions—some perhaps almost paralyzed from fear of making the wrong decision and some maybe needing only a little reinforcement to remain confident in a decision made previously.”
Using experiences from Nephi’s life found in the opening chapters of the Book of Mormon, Elder Perkins lists four methods to make inspired decisions:
- Qualify for the Spirit by obeying commandments.
- Move forward in faith, even without perfect knowledge.
- Commit fully to inspired decisions and live in the present.
- Draw on the strength of trusted loved ones to sustain the journey.
Overcome your fear of the unknown
Elder Perkins elaborates on the importance of “mov[ing] forward in faith, even without perfect knowledge.” At times, our fear of the unknown leads us to procrastinate making decisions. But we should take comfort in knowing that we can receive personal revelation from God.
Source: BYU Speeches
—Rachel Rubio, Mormon Insights
Find more insights
Watch “Wrong Roads,” a Mormon Message about making decisions.