Elder Andersen: Small decisions often become turning points in life

by | Sep. 20, 2010

What We Believe

Often it is the small decisions that become the turning points in life. "These are the times you want to be spiritually alert and worthy. Decisions you make now will affect many, many years of your life," Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said to a group of young adults during a fireside at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion on Sunday.

Andersen quoted Winston Churchill as he admonished the young adults to watch for and be aware of "the sharp agate points, on which the ponderous balance of destiny turns." Weaving these words throughout his talk, Andersen shared experiences in the scriptures, his own life and the lives of others that show the importance of remaining righteous at all times.

Beginning with the story of Enos in the Book of Mormon, Andersen explained how Enos recognized the importance of small decisions. Highlighting Enos' decision to pray all day and night, Andersen stated that this became one of the pivotal moments that Enos chose to write about in his 27 verses of scripture.

"What we have to do is see the 27 verses of our life," Andersen said.

Andersen then invited his wife, Kathy, to speak about General Conference, in which she shared a critical moment in her life.

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