“…the right to direct your life is one of God’s greatest gifts to you.” – For the Strength of Youth, p. 2
We live in very challenging times where living according to the principles of the gospel has become an increasing unpopular mode of existence. Everywhere, the world has replaced the Gospel of Christ with the Gospel of the World. Such things have come down as warnings from Ancient and Modern Prophets and Apostles. Despite the chaotic and darkening age we are living in, humanity still have the inalienable right to choose for him or herself how they will go about living their lives.
Wherefore, men … are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death. ~ 2 Nephi 2:27
In addition, how we choose to live our lives, each choice we make has an attached result for those choices. When we choose to live a life that is liberating and free, by obedience to the commandments and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the consequences include promised blessings of increase faith, increase in our desire to conform to the likeness of the Savior, and become clear in how we relate with those around us. Through our own act of obedience, we will become a light of the world and the Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14).
For young men, as you live your life within the Gospel of Jesus Christ, upholding the principle truths and developing an understanding of the Atonement, one becomes the means to preach with authority to call men, women and children to repentance. Through the power of the priesthood, we have the responsibility to bring salvation to those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
For young women, as you live your life within the Gospel of Jesus Christ, upholding the principle truths and developing an understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, one becomes enabled to nurture and teach others the simple truths of the Restored Gospel. Through the love and devotion to the Gospel, young women will strengthen and grow in their testimony to one day nurture and care for their own family – teaching their children the principle truths of the Gospel.
For parents, we have the onus obligation to understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ, teaching our children through example of how to be an influence within our own families, and our own communities. It is not about what we say to our children, but how we are willing to live out the principle truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we do not have an understanding of the Atonement, if we are not consistently engaged in our own scripture study, personal prayer, and learning how to use the Priesthood with power and righteousness, how can we then expect our children to live out the Gospel in their own lives? Furthermore, are we willing to stand courageously, even if it means standing alone, in a society that coddle unrighteousness and wickedness.