Stand for What’s Right
December 2022

“Stand for What’s Right,” For the Strength of Youth, December. 2022.

The Theme and Me

Youth share how they are living the words of the Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Themes

Stand for What’s Right

“I will help prepare the world for the Savior’s return”

young man and young woman

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One day, a friend and I were eating at a restaurant when we overheard some people nearby talking about religion. A girl mentioned that she’d met two men on bikes who offered to talk to her about God. After meeting with them for a few weeks, she accepted their invitation to be baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One friend started asking complicated questions and urged her to change her mind. She looked uncomfortable, admitted that she didn’t know all the answers, but said it still felt right to be baptized. She told them that all she wanted was their support.

My friend and I could tell that she was now concerned. We couldn’t ignore the prompting to speak up.

Before we left, we walked over and said, “We hate to interrupt, but we overheard that you’ve decided to be baptized! We are members of the Church and want you to know that you are making the best decision of your life. Keep reading and praying about the Book of Mormon.”

A year later, I was listening to a lesson at church and the teacher shared a story about his fiancée. One day, she had been praying to know if she should be baptized. That same night, she went to a restaurant with some friends. They started talking about religion and her decision to be baptized. Her friends told her to avoid the missionaries and to not be baptized.

She felt frustrated at their lack of support. Then two people approached her and said that they were members of the Church. They encouraged her to be baptized and to continue reading and praying. The teacher’s fiancée told him that having those two strangers come up and boldly share their testimonies was an answer to her prayers.

I am so grateful that my friend and I listened to the prompting to speak up and to stand for what’s right.

The author lives in Arizona, USA.