Duce's Wild: Fighting personal apostasy in order teach the Restoration

Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

  • Talk to your parents. My students quickly admit that although their parents aren’t perfect, they have been commanded and are willing to honor them. They said that seeking parents' advice and involving them in solving struggles would make both stronger in the gospel and as a family.
  • Follow the prophet and listen to general conference for inspiration on how to stand against evil forces and live righteously. We played a little matching game I created to help us remember the nuggets of wisdom found in the most recent sessions of conference.
  • Let the Holy Ghost be your guide. Because all in my class have been baptized and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, they know that personal inspiration is possible if they’re making right choices and earnestly seeking truth. Elder Andersen said, “The gift of the Holy Ghost is a spiritual gift. It is sensitive and will not be associated with unworthiness. You cannot offend or ignore it one day and expect it to strengthen you the next day. But as you heed its promptings and remain righteous, it will grow stronger within you.”
  • Gain your own testimony of the Savior. No one can effectively share the gospel as a full-time missionary by saying, “My mom knows what I’m teaching you is true.” You have to discover both the redeeming as well as the enabling power of Christ’s Atonement for yourself in order to help others.
  • Pray passionately. We loved that alliteration and Elder Andersen’s encouragement to take our personal prayers to the next level.
  • Read the Book of Mormon when no one is watching. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith was the perfect example of the importance of personal scripture study by candlelight at night and personal prayer in a private place in order to find the true answers to his deep questions.
Elder Andersen said, “As we increase our understanding and love for the Savior, his light will illuminate everything around us. We then will see evil for what it is.”

I look forward to deepening my testimony of the Restoration this month in Sunday School and continuing to topple spiritual obstacles and temptations that are seeded, and unfortunately, tailored just for me.

Asking questions is an important part of spiritual conversion and is often triggered by tragedy. As long as we’re willing to live according to the truths we discover, answers will come and a personal apostasy will be averted in favor of a deep commitment to eternal truths and that elusive happiness we are all seeking.

Stacie Lloyd Duce is a columnist and magazine editor featured regularly in several Montana and Utah publications. Her columns appear Thursdays on desnews.com. Email: duceswild7@gmail.com

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