Friday, May 18, 2012

Dare to Do Right

Sometimes as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our beliefs are put to the test. I love the words of this familiar Primary song.
Dare to do right! Dare to be true!
You have a work that no other can do;
Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well,
Angels will hasten the story to tell.

Dare, dare, dare to do right;
Dare, dare, dare to be true,
Dare to be true, dare to be true.

Dare to do right! Dare to be true!
Other men’s failures can never save you.
Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith;
Stand like a hero and battle till death.

Doing what is right can be hard. I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging or prideful or anything, but this experience sticks out to me as one I should share.

I remember a few years ago I was put in an extremely awkward situation. One of my school teachers had decided to show an inappropriate movie during several of our class periods. We were reading Shakespeare, and although the film had lots of bad parts, it was supposed to help our comprehension of the story. I struggled with what to do….there were lots of other LDS kids in my class, and none of them were leaving. I wondered if maybe the movie wasn’t so bad after all. After debating with myself for a few minutes, though, I knew I had to get out. I passed a note to a friend asking how she felt and she replied that she was uncomfortable, too. Together we talked to the teacher and received permission to study in the hallway while the movie was shown over the next week. Even though it was hard, it was so worth it. I received a good grade during that unit even though I had missed the video’s summary of what we were learning. I had added confidence in the fact that I couldstand up even when others did not. But, most of all, I became closer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know I was blessed for making the decision to stand for truth.

I love this video that was made from one of President Monson’s talks. I hope you enjoy it, too.
One of my favorite parts of the movie is the very last line-- “We are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”

May we always remember that.

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