Mitten Strings to God / Dare to Stand Alone - Family night
DARE TO STAND ALONE!
What did the patriarchs Daniel, Noah, Enoch, Job, Joseph, Abraham, and others like them have in common? They had a purpose in life and a strength of character unequaled in their generation. They were men who chose the right because it was right and left consequences with God. They were men who would rather die than perform one act of disobedience toward God.
Noah built and voyaged alone. His neighbors laughed at his strangeness, and perished.
*How hard is it to stand alone in your values?
*Think ahead at what you would do in life situations that could cause you to compromise your values?
*Come up with some situations and role play.
It is human to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone.
It is manlike to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is godlike to follow a principle, to stem the tide.
It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.
From the book Education, page 57, we find these words: The greatest want of the world is the want of men,--men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name....
*To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit your own self-respect gives strength of character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God. ~ President David O. McKay