You probably know how important it is to do God’s will, but how can you really be sure that you are making the right decisions?
President Thomas S. Monson has said, “Your decisions determine your destiny.” But how can you know you are making the decisions that will lead you to the right destiny? John Hilton III, a professor at Brigham Young University, noticed that many people—the rich young ruler, the multitude in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, and King Lamoni’s father, to name a few—have asked a similar question. Hilton shares his findings in “What Shall I Do?”
Through his research, Hilton found that individuals who are most confident that they are making the right decision share three major attributes:
- They are willing to accept God’s will and their individual duty. God knows your heart and will see your faith through your desire to do his will.
- They understand ways to receive answers. Like King Lamoni, you can receive answers by repenting and calling on the name of God “in faith, believing that [you will] receive” an answer (Alma 22:16).
- They are ready to act with dedication. Your prayer asking for direction “will be answered if you are sincere and if you listen like a little child, with real intent to act.”
Heavenly Father wants to send you personal revelation to help guide your life. Sometimes he will let you look for possible solutions, and you may have to act without knowing his will. But he will see your desire if you are willing to seek, listen, and act.
For more about seeking God’s will while making decisions, read the complete version of Brother Hilton’s article “What Shall I Do?”
—Karee Brown, Mormon Insights
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Watch “Decisions Determine Destiny” by President Thomas S. Monson to understand the lasting impact of your everyday choices.