The Strait and Narrow Way


Joseph B. Wirthlin
(Adapted from an October 1990 general conference address. See Ensign, November 1990, pages 64–66.)
Safety is of the Lord (Prov. 21:31).

While traveling along a mountain road one night in a driving rainstorm punctuated with claps of thunder and flashes of lightning, Sister Wirthlin and I could barely see the road. I watched the white lines on that road more intently than ever before. Staying within the lines kept us from going into the deep canyon on one side and helped us avoid a head-on collision on the other. To wander over either line could have meant disaster.

That mountain road is so like life. If we stay within the lines that God has marked, he will protect us and we can arrive safely at our destination.

The Savior said, “For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation” (D&C 132:22).

How can we keep ourselves on the Lord’s way? He has given the answer over and over again. We must learn the word of God by studying the scriptures and applying His word, by praying daily and serving our fellowmen.

If we do all we can to stay within the lines in the midst of storms and temptations, we will overcome all challenges and enjoy eternal life with our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son.

[illustration] Illustrated by Warren Luch and Jon Gerber