“At what point do you end a friendship with someone who has clearly chosen to start following a path that you don’t agree with?” New Era, Nov. 2013, 48
For the Strength of Youth says, “As you seek to be a friend to others, do not compromise your standards. If your friends urge you to do things that are wrong, be the one to stand for the right, even if you stand alone. You may need to find other friends who will support you in keeping the commandments. Seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost as you make these choices” (, 16–17).
In a broad sense, we never really end a friendship. People should always feel that they can come to us for help and kindness when they need it. But we might need to stop spending time with people whose choices have taken them so far from the path of righteousness that they are constantly a bad influence and refuse to receive any good influence from us or anyone else. Through prayer, scripture study, and counseling with parents and leaders, you can be guided by the Holy Ghost in your decisions about your friends.