With our General Elections shortly upon us, we as a nation and as individuals are facing important choices that will impact our future, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In fact, whether we realise it or not, we face decisions everyday that impact our future and the future of our family. We may not see the impact from a day to day perspective, but we can notice it more when we step back and reflect on our choices and the consequences that follow.
the types of choices we may be facing, we are invited to let God prevail in our
this mean we sit back and don’t do anything? No. We are all given the power of
choice – free agency to choose. This is a crucial part of God’s plan for us in
this mortal life. In the Creation, Adam and Eve were given the power to choose,
and had to suffer the consequences of bad decisions, such as being driven out
of the Garden of Eden for disobeying God’s commandments. As we learn from
scripture, it is our challenge to make our decisions while exercising faith in
must trust God has a greater plan for us, and seek his will in all things. As
we do so, we let God prevail in our lives.
a talk two years ago President Nelson shared that he learned one of the Hebraic
meanings of the word Israel is to “let God prevail”. The Lord is
gathering Israel, and that very name “refers to a person who is willing
to let God prevail in his or her life”. To be willing, we must use our
agency and “choose to let God prevail in our lives, or not. We can choose to
let God be the most powerful influence in our lives, or not”.
Lord is gathering those who are willing to let God prevail in their lives. The
Lord is gathering those who will choose to let God be the most important
influence in their lives.”
Nelson asks us questions: “Are you willing to let God prevail in your
life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your
life? Will you allow His words, His commandments, and His covenants to
influence what you do each day? Will you allow His voice to take priority over
any other? Are you willing to let whatever He needs you to do take
precedence over every other ambition? Are you willing to have your will
swallowed up in His?”
how such willingness could bless you. If you are unmarried and seeking an
eternal companion, your desire to be ‘of Israel’ will
help you decide whom to date and how. If you are married to a companion who has
broken his or her covenants, your willingness to let God prevail in your life
will allow your covenants with God to remain intact. The Saviour will heal your
broken heart. The heavens will open as you seek to know how to move forward.
You do not need to wander or wonder. If you have sincere questions about the
gospel or the Church, as you choose to let God prevail, you will be led to find
and understand the absolute, eternal truths that will guide your life and help
you stay firmly on the covenant path.
“When you are
faced with temptation – even if the temptation comes when you are exhausted or
feeling alone or misunderstood – imagine the courage you can muster as you
choose to let God prevail in your life and as you plead with Him to strengthen
“When your greatest desire is to let God prevail, to be
part of Israel, so many decisions become easier. So many issues become
nonissues! You know how best to groom yourself. You know what to watch and
read, where to spend your time, and with whom to associate. You know what you
want to accomplish. You know the kind of person you really want to become.
“It takes both
faith and courage to let God prevail. It takes persistent, rigorous spiritual
work to repent and to put off the natural man through the Atonement of Jesus
Christ. It takes consistent, daily effort to develop personal habits to study
the gospel, to learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and to seek
and respond to personal revelation.
perilous times of which the Apostle Paul prophesied, Satan is no longer even trying
to hide his attacks on God’s plan. Emboldened evil abounds.
Therefore, the only way to survive spiritually is to be determined to let God
prevail in our lives, to learn to hear His voice, and to use our energy to help
It is my hope that
we turn our hearts and mind toward God and let Him prevail in our lives. In the
name of Jesus Christ, Amen.