Recently a member of our stake presidency (also a member of our ward) came in to talk with us in Young Women's.
He spoke of the tender feelings of his heart – his grandson had died just a day or two prior to his visit. This little boy was born prematurely, had many health problems, and had spent most of his short life in Primary Children's Hospital. As he related to us the details of his grandson's last day on earth, he could barely speak for the tears that were falling. I'm sure all of us felt heartbroken as well as we imagined those poor parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone else who loved little Johnny.
He told us that he had been called upon to give many Priesthood blessings in the preceding days and weeks, and that each time he did, he felt the adversary trying to overwhelm him. In fact, he felt like Satan was out to get him, really bearing down on him as he tried to do what was right.
This became very difficult to endure, and ultimately he felt the need to say aloud: "I choose Jesus Christ," at which point he could physically feel the adversary retreating.
I was so struck by his words, and have been thinking about them ever since. How powerful it is when we choose the Savior and His way!
What if my children and all of our youth could catch the vision of being empowered by choosing Jesus Christ? What if I could remember this on an hour-by-hour basis? It would change everything. Temptations would be easier to withstand; judgment would disappear; others would become more important to me than myself; love and peace would fill my heart.
I am notoriously forgetful, but this something worth remembering, so I will give it my best effort.
I want to choose Jesus Christ today and every day.