A correct course

Korihor is alive and, unfortunately, well — even today.

Not literally, of course, but the sophistry used so forcefully by that Book of Mormon Anti-Christ abounds in our society now. Latter-day Saints, along with good people everywhere, are well advised to be watchful and careful of that evil influence — just as were Alma and his followers in Zarahemla. (See Alma 30.)

It isn't surprising, then, that one bishop — thinking of the challenges soon to be faced by the college-bound young people in his ward — asked those students to share their thoughts and feelings about protecting themselves from the wiles of the world. "How," the bishop asked, "will you protect yourself from the Korihors of our day? What will you do, as did the followers of Christ at the waters of Mormon, to be a witness of God at all times, in all things and in all places?" (See Mosiah 18.)

What was surprising to the student speakers was that they were being called upon extemporaneously from the sacrament meeting congregation. What wasn't surprising was the spirit and depth of their answers.

"Boy, was I excited to be out on my own. I could wear anything I wanted — without comments from Dad!

"But I soon asked myself. 'What are you going to do now? Are you going to ditch church? What about when your friends offer you a drink?' I quickly decided to base my decisions on two things: the gospel and my family. And — I ended up being exactly like my parents. That's crazy. Oh my, I'm turning into my Mom and Dad.

"And, of course, that wasn't bad at all."

"Being away from home, obviously, requires you to make your own decisions. And correct decisions require courage. I just hope and pray that I'll have the courage to do what I know to be right. To do that, I'm grateful for my Young Women leaders, the Young Women theme and, really, everyone in the ward — especially my parents."

"For me it is simple. Pay your tithing. Read the scriptures. Attend church. Don't cheat. Don't use bad language. Don't go to a bad party. There's no family to push you, so you must seek the constant help of the Lord and do it yourself."

"I thought that going away to college meant I could do what I wanted when I wanted — and to not have to answer to my parents!

"But it was far more than that.

"I learned that you are always sending a strong message to others — whether you realize it or not. You must have and show your testimony, be Christlike and live the gospel."

"Going away to college is a humbling, yet growing, experience.

"I have three brothers and no sisters. So I expected that living with five other girls — who I didn't know — would be a challenge. And it was. But there were other challenges, too.

"Since I didn't know anybody, I wasn't sure who I could rely on. But there are always two beings you can rely on: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

"Life is hard, but you grow so much. I tried to put my life in God's hands and let Him direct my paths. I know I am nothing without Him. Toward the end of his ministry, Nephi, who was quick to laud the value of his parents' teachings, testified that God had preserved him and filled him with love, confounded his enemies, heard his cries and given him knowledge. (See 2 Ne. 4:20-23) From a youth with goodly parents to a testifying follower of Christ, Nephi made the correct decisions that aligned his will with that of his Heavenly Father's."

While today's youth field difficulties different from Nephi's, their course is equally clear. And, based on the testimonies given above, their decisions can be equally good.