If you think a faithful life sounds great—but not right now—here are some ways to procrastinate developing your testimony.
You’re young. You’re free. This is the time to live for the moment—no commitments, no restrictions. Of course, there’s that lingering feeling that the gospel is in fact true, but you don’t want to think about that now. One day, maybe, you’ll fit “living faithfully” into your plans.
For now, you can follow Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s plan to hide from testimony. Yep, in his general conference address “Why Not Now?,” Elder Maxwell outlines a sixteen-step plan to delay commitment.
But the plan would require that we stop thinking about being loved by our Heavenly Father; so if we get lonely, well, we’ll just have to accept it. And we must listen only to liars, for truth tends to direct us toward that inconvenient road to a lasting testimony. We also run the risk of losing the spark of testimony forever, and “one day, maybe” easily turns into “yeah, never.”
Or we could just take the leap of faith now and find joy, strength, and peace. Elder Maxwell says we should do so now rather than pursuing his doomed procrastination plan. So think about making today your someday: “Choose you this day” (Joshua 24:15) and commit “straightway” (Matthew 4:20). Don’t delay.
Elder Maxwell adds: “If you sense that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, why not do so now? For in the coming of that collective confession, it will mean much less to kneel down when it is no longer possible to stand up!”
Read Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s conference address “Why Not Now?”
—Alyssa Nielsen, Mormon Insights
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Read or watch “This Day” by President Henry B. Eyring to learn more about the importance of not procrastinating.
Watch a short excerpt of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland explaining the benefits of following Jesus Christ in his talk “Christ Is the Way.”
Read or watch “Straightway” by Elder Marvin J. Ashton to learn more about the urgency of the gospel.