Mar 21, 2014

Don't Be a Fence Sitter

The other day I was reminded of the Fence Sitter story.  It goes a little something like this:

In a world, not so far away, there are two pieces of land separated by a fence.  One side belongs to the Lord, the other side is Satan's.  One day a boy was sitting on the fence.  Those on the Lord's side were calling and pleading for him to get off the fence and come over to their side.  The boy noticed Satan's side wasn't doing much of anything, just patiently waiting.  When he asked Satan why he wasn't actively calling for him to join his side, Satan responded, "Because I own the fence." 

President George Albert Smith, repeating counsel from his grandfather, once said:
 “There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under his influence and will have no desire to do wrong; but if you cross to the devil’s side of that line one inch you are in the tempter’s power and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly because you will have lost the Spirit of the Lord” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith [2011], 191).

Our daily question must be,
 “Do my actions place me in the Lord’s or in the enemy’s territory?”
President Thomas S. Monson once said:
May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which confront you. It’s easy to remember: ‘You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right’”
(“Pathways to Perfection,” Liahona, July 2002, 112; Ensign, May 2002, 100).