What would the Savior do? What would He say? How would he handle this particular circumstance?
These are the questions that I pondered this week as my social media feed filled with the opinions and thoughts of others concerning a certain large event that took place over the weekend. I am sure you can guess what it was and I don’t feel the need to name what it was because of the controversy that has been stirred up over it.
I thought I could stay silent like the many that have. Or I could join in with the rationalizations that are happening. Or I could have the courage to take a stand. “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”, is a quote that I grew up believing in.
Nevertheless, I am just going to drop this here and you can do with it what you will. Just like everyone that has voiced an opinion, this is merely my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it. That’s the great thing about opinions and discussions. They are food for thought. Then you get to take those thoughts and figure out where you stand and what you will do with it.
Over these past few days there has been a portion of a talk that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. President Nelson shared this talk at the General Women’s conference last October. I am posting it here so you don’t have to go digging for it. I had to go back and listen again because there was one statement that kept rolling around in my head.
“…my dear sisters, your ability to discern truth from error, to be society’s guardians of morality, is crucial in these latter days. And we depend upon you to teach others to do likewise. Let me be very clear about this: if the world loses the moral rectitude of its women, the world will never recover.“
I remember the seriousness in his tone as he spoke those words. He began that thought by stating the following:
“Now a little word of warning. There are those who would undermine your ability to call upon the power of God. There are some who would have you doubt yourself and minimize your stellar spiritual capacity as a righteous woman…
…Satan and his minions will constantly contrive roadblocks to prevent you from understanding the spiritual gifts with which you have been and can be blessed.”
I don’t want to say too much about my personal experience with my own thoughts and ponderings this week, because the idea of me even writing this is to get you to take a look at your own thoughts and what your heart and mind is telling you.
I personally have many mixed thoughts and could actually sit on both sides of the fence. But what it all boils down to for me is this:
Where do we draw the line? When do we say enough is enough? If I am uncomfortable with something, do I have the moral fortitude to turn away from it?
So yes, I personally was completely offended by what I saw and witnessed and feel awful that I didn’t walk away. I have learned the lesson that I personally was meant to learn. That in the future when something like this happens, I just have to be strong enough to “say no to some things, even though they may seem harmless.” (President Nelson).
I’m not naive, I know that this is a completely different world than the one I grew up in or even the one that I raised my children in. However, when something happens that causes so much controversy and so many opinions, you have to check yourself and where you stand! Even if it’s not popular and even if it’s a little uncomfortable.
Just a side note, for those of you that have a different opinion. I completely respect you for having the courage to stand for what you believe in.
Here is the talk: the quotes I spoke of come around the the 6:10 mark.