Brother W. gave me the assignment for my mission farewell talk, and one of the things he wanted me to focus on was how I made the decision to go on a mission. As I started thinking about it, it quickly came to my attention that I didn't really have to make a decision to go. Even as I was filling out the application I never once thought about NOT going on a mission. After some further thought, I realized it was because I had made a much more important decision a long time ago, and that was to always make the right choices. I thought to myself, "Can it really be that simple?" By making one good choice, do all the next choices become much easier?
I came across a story told by Richard G. Scott from a General Conference [talk].
Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
I would like to close with another quote from Richard G. Scott's talk on making righteous choices. I would encourage everyone to read it if you haven't already. There is an abundance of tips and methods to help us do what is right.
He says, "You cannot today remotely imagine what that decision to be unwaveringly obedient to the Lord will allow you to accomplish in life. Your quiet, uncompromising determination to live a righteous life will couple you to inspiration and power beyond your capacity now to understand. To others, if an honest evaluation of your life reveals a continuing dependency on individuals or things that are not good, please listen. I sincerely want to help you. If you understand and use the principles we now review, they will bring you great reward."