The world in which we live makes us face several challenges and temptations. How can we have the courage to stand strong?
There has never been a time like ours today. Moral values are ridiculed, sin is applauded, and temptations are disguised as valuable experiences. Many believe that being a Christian means being closed-minded and judgmental toward others.
Because this is our reality, it’s hard to go against the flow. It can be even harder when people accuse us for being different.
How can we live in such a world and still be the faithful people God wants us to be?
President Thomas S. Monson addresses this topic in “Be Strong and of Good Courage,” given at the April 2014 general conference. He says we should have courage to say no, even when everyone is saying yes. He encourages us to do the right thing, even when the right thing is unpopular.
Each of us deals with circumstances that are different from those of others. Some of us may be the only religious person at school or work; some of us may be surrounded by people who are making the wrong decisions. But President Monson says, “As the trend in society today is rapidly moving away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, we will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which we believe. Will we have the courage to do so?”
—Annalisa Olivieri, Mormon Insights