Special Witness: How Can I Make the Right Decisions When Bad Things Are All Around?

Richard G. Scott

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “Making the Right Choices,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 37; and “Making the Right Decisions,” Ensign, May 1991, 34–35.


Richard G. Scott
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

How can I make the right decisions when bad things are all around?

Place the Savior, His teachings, and His Church at the center of your life. Make sure that all decisions comply with this standard.

Be surrounded by true friends who accept you the way you are and leave you better because of their association.

Work at keeping your thoughts clean by thinking of something good.

Your righteous decisions determine who you are and what is important to you. They make doing the right things easier.

You can live in a world of turmoil and great challenge and be at peace. You will be inspired to know what to do and to have the power or capacity to do it.

Illustration by Allen Garns