Don’t let “FOMO” — the fear of missing out — delay the choice to commit to the Savior and His gospel path, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told young adults during a worldwide devotional on Sunday, Jan. 12.
“Don’t hesitate or hold back any longer but get on with your purpose and mission in life,” he said. “Mortality is so short. Make this time count so that your eternity will be one of joy, not regret.”
Speaking of choice and commitment, Elder Christofferson addressed three types of fears young adults might have in committing to the Savior and invited them to “be all in, giving and receiving freely.”
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With every decision, other options are put aside. For example, choosing to go to work or school means not choosing to stream Netflix at the same time. Choosing to travel to Africa means not traveling anywhere else at the same moment. And choosing to serve a mission means giving up social activities for a time.
“But unless you make a choice and commit to a certain direction, your life will be pretty erratic, and in the end, you will in fact miss out on most of the very best things,” he said. In a mortal life where it’s impossible to have everything and do everything, “we must commit to particular choices, knowing that by so doing, we necessarily forego others, good though they may be.”
“We should also bear in mind that unduly delaying a choice can itself constitute a choice,” Elder Christofferson continued.
For example, marriage. “Because of the finality of the choice, some resist a commitment to someone they are very fond of, someone they love and with whom they could progress happily and eternally, worried that there may be an even more perfect soulmate somewhere that they wouldn’t want to miss.”
Marriage is always the example Apostles use with young people at an age when they have their whole lives in front of them. Mr Christofferson wants them to choose Mormon Marriage before they truly understand what they want to do with their lives, before they’ve experienced the world in which they live. Why? Because once they’ve done that, the Church doesn’t look so good. Note that he’s advocating that they settle for the person they’re with, a person who is likely the only person they’ve ever “dated” at that point.
Early in the Christoffersons’ marriage when finances were especially tight, they were asked to contribute to a building fund plan to renovate their aging chapel (Church members today are no longer asked to do this). They had two small children and Elder Christofferson was months away from finishing graduate school.
“We decided to pay the donation to the building fund, even though we didn’t know how we would make it to the end of the school year,” Sister Christofferson recalled.
Sister Kathy Christofferson addresses young adults during a worldwide devotional broadcast from the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.
Sister Kathy Christofferson addresses young adults during a worldwide devotional broadcast from the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Credit: Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
A few weeks later, they were in a minor car accident. The man who rear-ended them asked if they could settle it privately. So, Elder Christofferson got an estimate for the repair, the man wrote a check for the amount, and to Sister Christofferson’s surprise, the check didn’t bounce.
“That check was almost the same amount as the building fund assessment we had paid,” she said. “This was a witness to us that the Lord does, as Nephi said, ‘provide means whereby we can accomplish the thing which He has commanded’” (1 Nephi 17:3).
It’s funny how that always works out in a story. I’m guessing the Church didn’t have $100 billion sat gathering dust when the Christoffersons had their tithing miracle...I guess members who pay tithing always have misfortune follow, with the saving grace that God reimburses them the exact amount they paid Him in the first place...
TL;DR Pay, Pray, Stay & Obey