"You will have challenges and hard decisions to make throughout your life. But determine now to always do what is right and let the consequence follow. The consequence will always be for your best good. You will learn that it is easiest over the long run to stand for what is right and do the difficult thing to begin with. Once you take that position, following through is not too hard. An individual who cuts corners and justifies some departure from true standards for whatever reason finds that seeds are planted that produce problems later. Those problems are far more difficult to overcome than taking a correct stand initially." Elder Richard G. Scott (Ensign, June 1997)
I came across this quote earlier today and have had it on my mind all day. I know that doing the right thing is not always easy, in fact sometimes it's extremely hard, but I have also come to know that doing the right thing is always the best thing to do...no matter what.
Going to church last Sunday when I didn't feel well at all wasn't the easiest thing to do, but it was the right thing to do. It was tough smiling and pretending I felt okay, and once I got home I seriously just crashed into bed, but I was able to partake of the sacrament, and feel the spirit. Paying my tithing the first of every month isn't an easy thing to do, but it is the right thing. My budget is very tight and I'm not always sure how I'm going to make it through the rest of the month, but as I had my tithing to a member of the bishopric I get that peaceful feeling that things will all work out and I just have to trust in that. Finding a modest dress for my brothers wedding isn't an easy task, but I know that it is the right thing. Many in the world have lost sight of the Lord's standards for dress. They have traded faith for fashion. I know that the Lord will bless me as I stick to His standards and place faith above fashion.
The right thing will always be the right thing and when we do what is right the Lord will bless us for our faith and obedience. Things will always work out better in the end if we do the right thing to begin with. I have a strong testimony of this!
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