So although there are many reasons why doing a bad thing isn’t a good idea, i feel like i may have got to the route of the problem… This issue is simple, you can’t do a bad thing and be done with it…
Every action we make as we are so greatly taught in the lesson (that almost killed me in high school) science, has a reaction and sadly despite how much we wouldn’t like it to be, that reaction normally occurs over some time, what I’m trying to say is we can’t simple make a bad choice and have no consequence. Even if the bad decision only affects you, the out come could easily be that over the next few days you’re moody, sharp and impatient. As worth it as the choice may seem in the moment we have no way of possibly knowing what will come next, that is the beauty of the gospel, we don’t need to know because Heavenly Father does and He will guide and help us in every way possible… rules although can seem restricting and uninviting at first often end up creating a safe and secure place where its calm.
There is a great saying within my church (well i heard it as a member) The further away you stay from the cliff edge the less likely you are to fall off it – that being said i often refute that by saying I’m pretty good at balancing (theoretically, in reality I’m the kind of person who’d be over the edge before you could say oops) but seriously – its true.
There is power in choosing what is right, power in keeping those promises, covenants and commitments you made, in or out of the gospel. D&C 103:15 Behold, I say unto you, the, redemption of Zion must needs come by power; D&C 103:7 For ye are the children of Israel and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm. Now although the scripture i have just quote within context really has nothing to do with what I’m talking about the power of the scriptures is a story can tell you one thing and the single verse can tell you another. We are children of sin, the first sin, the sin that made us possible and arguably was a huge, vital part of Heavenly Fathers plan and as such we have to work, pray, repent and enjoy life. In order to be able to enter back into our Fathers presence we have that power, that choice, that hope, faith and endurance that lies within us, our ability and possibility to repent, restart and continue gives us the ability to stay on the straight and narrow path. When i read this scripture and think about what I need to do to get home, two things came to mind, two powers that are great and divine and wonderful… My saviour Jesus Christ and me.
Bad choices are inevitable and unavoidable but we can choose to limit them, to hinder them and to walk as far away from the edge of the cliff as possible and when we do are light will shine brighter our power will be magnified and we will be able to build up, join and uplift Zion!
Have a wonderful day everyone.