In the October 2011 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson encouraged us to keep the commandments, even if they might not be popular with the world. This counsel can apply to many aspects of your life. Here are two experiences from youth that illustrate what President Monson taught.
“It may appear to you at times that those out in the world are having much more fun than you are. Some of you may feel restricted by the code of conduct to which we in the Church adhere. My brothers and sisters, I declare to you, however, that there is
nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the Spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments. That Spirit cannot be present at the kinds of activities in which so much of the world participates.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “Stand in Holy Places,”
Ensign, Nov. 2011, 83.
“We have been and continue to be taught God’s laws. Despite what you may see or hear elsewhere, these laws are unchanging.
“As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. Do we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so doing we must stand alone? … It is essential that we are able to face—with courage—whatever challenges come our way.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “Dare to Stand Alone,”
Ensign, Nov. 2011, 60.
Photo illustration by Cody Bell; photograph of President Monson by Les Nilsson