President Clinton's recent troubles can be of great personal benefit in helping students make correct choices in life, Elder Richard G. Scott said at Brigham Young University Tuesday.

Speaking at BYU's weekly devotional, Elder Scott, like LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley last week, said he has forgiven Clinton of any personal offense. "I continue to pray for him, his wife and daughter, and ask the Lord to strengthen and guide him and help him make the right choices in this time of difficulty," he said.Forgiveness, however, does not wipe out the consequences of improper decisions, he said. As far as the president is concerned, Elder Scott said, that process has begun and is in the hands of Congress.

Elder Scott, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve, also admonished students not to delve into the particulars of Clinton's actions.

"Don't read or otherwise fill your mind with the salacious details of this controversy. No good will come of that. For some it could lead to destructive experimentation in absolute violation of the commandments of God," he said.