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Decisions for Eternity by Elder Nelson



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  • Most of our choices aren’t between a hot dog and a spider, they are usually between two good things (good-better-best quote transition)
  • BA & MD from University of UtahSurgeon and Medical researcherHe is listed in the Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in ReligionCalled to the 12 in 1984
  • There are moments in our lives (with our decisions) that define usWe are not only making decisions that will define us here, but for others, including our future family
  • We made many decisions long before we ever came here (pre-mortal life)- D&C 138:55-56- choose and received their first lessonsDecisions were made over KEEPING agency or losing it, not gaining agency for the first timeFirst decision by mankind- Adam & Eve (decided to become like God)Scriptures from then on have been recording how man has made decisions to follow God or not
  • The decision that changed us all- the Atonement
  • Given to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery
  • Different scriptural examples of how they decided
  • What characteristics of decision making do they demonstrate?
  • Story of dad’s letter to me in college freshmen year
  • It’s only going to become more important to follow the prophet
  • Examples:Mosiah 24:12-16 (v.15)Saints being asked to leave Nauvoo in the winter (would it have changed everything to have gone in the summer?)Red Sea being parted at the last minute (why not have it parted when they get there?)
  • I want you to think about whether your pre-mortal self would be happy with your mortal self, because your post-mortal self depends on it.


  • 1. ‚Decisions for Eternity‛ Elder Russell M. Nelson {
  • 2. Announcements: NEXT LESSON (Rob Driggs): ‚Small & Simple Things‛ by Elder Valenzuela  March 19: Fireside by Elder Lund @7:30 @ MSB 
  • 3. Starter Question: Would you rather???
  • 4. Would you rather… Would you rather have toes as long as your fingers OR fingers as long as your toes?
  • 5. Would you rather… Have the ability to see 10 years into your own future OR one year into the future of the world?
  • 6. Would you rather… Would you rather be able to read anyone’s mind all the time OR always know their future?
  • 7. ‚Decisions for Eternity‛ Elder Russell M. Nelson {
  • 8. ‚Decisions for Eternity‛ ‚Each day is a day of decision. President Thomas S. Monson has taught us that, ‘decisions determine destiny.’…You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity.‛
  • 9. D&C 6:14 ‚Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what those hast done; for thou hast inquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.‛
  • 10. ‚Decade of Decisions‛ 1. The decision to stay morally clean  2. The decision to serve in His Kingdom  3. The decision to follow the Prophets  4. The decision to accept & follow the will & timing of the Lord 
  • 11. 1. The decision to be morally clean  clip
  • 12. ‚A pivotal spiritual attribute is that of self-mastery- the strength to place reason over appetite. Selfmastery builds a strong conscience. And your conscience determines, tempting, and trying situations.‛
  • 13. 2. The Decision to serve in His Kingdom
  • 14. Find an example in the scriptures of a person, or group, that had to make a decision to serve in the kingdom.
  • 15. 3. Decision to follow His Prophets
  • 16. 4. Decision to accept & follow the will & timing of the Lord
  • 17. Elder Oaks, ‚Timing‛
  • 18. What do we learn in the process of waiting?
  • 19. ‚Continue in patience‛
  • 20. Any final thoughts? What are you taking away today?
  • 21. Would your pre-mortal self would be happy with your mortal self, because your post-mortal self depends on it.
  • 22. LESSON: Rob Driggs: ‚Small & Simple Things‛ by Elder Valenzuela
  • 23. References:  ‚LDS Follow the Prophet‛ Elder Maxwell Clip  ‚Choices‛ by James E. Faust (April 2004)  ‚Making Right Decisions‛ by L. Tom Perry (October 1979)  ‚Timing‛ by Dallin H. Oaks (January 2002)  ‚Decisions for Eternity‛ by Russell M. Nelson (October 2013)  ‚Preparing for the Decade of Decisions‛ by Robert D. Hales  ‚Decisions Determine Destiny‛ by President Monson
  • 24. Starter Question: If you could go back and re-do high school, what would you change?