Years ago, Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Seventy was visited by an old friend who asked if the life Elder Godoy was living would fulfill the blessings promised to him in his patriarchal blessing.
“I had never thought about my patriarchal blessing in this way,” Elder Godoy said during his Sunday afternoon conference address, which he delivered in his native tongue, Portuguese. “I read it from time to time but never with the intent of looking toward the blessings promised in the future and evaluating how I was living in the present.”
Elder Godoy decided changes in his life needed to be made. “It was not a decision between what was right and wrong but between what was good and what was better,” he said.
“All of us have experienced or will yet experience moments of great decision in our lives,” Elder Godoy said. “Should I pursue this career or that one? Should I serve a mission? Is this the right person for me to marry? These are situations in different areas of our lives in which a small change in direction can have significant future consequences.”
Elder Godoy outlined three principles to help one make the best decisions possible.
1: “We need to consider our options with the end in mind.”
He said, “Making decisions that can impact our lives and those we love without having the broader vision of their consequences can bring some risks. However, if we project the possible consequences of these decisions into the future, we can see with greater clarity the best path to take in the present.”
2: “We need to be prepared for the challenges that will come.”
Elder Godoy noted that the best paths in life are rarely the easiest; often, it is exactly the opposite. “Are we willing to pay the price for our decisions? Are we prepared to leave our comfort zones to reach a better place?” he asked.
3: “We need to share this vision with the people we love.”
Elder Godoy said, “It is very likely that when we decide to take a certain path, the people we love will be affected, and some will even share with us the results of this choice. Ideally, they will be able to see what we see and share our same convictions. This is not always possible, but when it occurs, the journey is much easier.”
Amber Clayson has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from BYU and writes for the Church News and Mormon Times. She can be reached at [email protected].