Often times people are afraid to be alone. Alone, as defined by the dictionary, means having no one else present; on one’s own. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, I often times experience this feeling of loneliness. But, it isn’t like the dictionary definition states, it’s different. I never feel completely alone. I have my Heavenly Father with me. I have the Spirit with me.
This world is getting more and more evil every single day. Teenagers, children and even adults are tempted to make wrong choices just so they can fit in with others. They find themselves afraid to stand alone. I bear witness that it is incredibly hard. I’m terrified to stand alone, especially in the kind of world we live in. If you don’t follow the popular crowd, you get made fun of. If you don’t go to a party, you get called boring or other hurtful names. Standing for what you believe is extremely scary because we are all human and we care what people think. We may try to deny it to look cool, but there will always be a part of us that cares what others think and that’s okay because we are imperfect human beings.
One of my favorite talks of all time was given by President Thomas S. Monson on this topic. He says, “Do we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so doing we must stand alone?” I have thought about this question a lot over the years. I find myself fearing the possibility of being alone and my mind always wanders back to this question. Do I have the courage to remain a witness of God even when no one else does? Do I have the courage to stand firm in my faith, even when no one else stands beside me?
It can be difficult. The world will constantly throw surprises at you. They will manipulate you and make you feel like standing for your beliefs is wrong. The world is teaching children and teenagers that to be accepted, you have to be like everyone else. They make serious sin look like fun rather than danger. They make our beliefs look like something that isn’t serious. Things get taken lightly in the church and often times I find people, myself included, throwing our precious gifts around because we want to “fit in”.
I testify to you that “fitting in” is not more important than standing as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places. Being a part of the popular crowd isn’t what matters in the eternities. What is important is how well you stood to and stood up for your beliefs. It’s how well you did defending your faith, even if you had to do it all alone.
Being alone is scary, but just remember, you are never truly alone. Heavenly Father is watching over you. Jesus Christ is watching over you. The Holy Ghost is with you and if you make the right decisions, you are never going to be alone. So, stand up and defend the faith in this evil world! Hold tight to that iron rod and hold steady to your beliefs. Do not let Satan shake you and push you around. You are your own person. Don’t be afraid to share this wonderful message with the world.
Be the light in this ever-growing dark world. Be that person that people look up to. Don’t change yourself for the world. You are amazing! As President Monson said, “Dare to be a Mormon; Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm; Dare to make it known.” If you do this, Heavenly Father will bless you. I know that to be true.