For those of you who don’t know me I’m the Teachers Corm President, Brother Ngatikaura or You can me Mr. President either will do So today I was asked to speak on what it means to stand up for my beliefs Now when I first got the subject I thought to myself that I really haven’t had the chances to stand up for my beliefs living in Utah and all But then after some thought it came to me, that standing up for my beliefs was as simple as setting a good example I remember growing up and how many good example I had to aspire to become like But now I have learned it is my turn to set the example
By doing what I should be doing and always being ready to teach or defend my religious beliefs at anytime One of my close friends who is also a Teachers Corm President has helped me do this by setting a personal goal to keep his words and actions clean when he told me this I told him “ Oh good for you…” But as I watched him grow spiritually and become a better person by keeping himself clean I unknowingly joined him and have been keeping my words and actions clean and along the way gaining a stronger testimony
Another example I thought of was President Monson’s Talk in General Conference in October of last year on Daring to Stand Alone The story he told of his experience in the navy was the one that I thought went best with my topic It was on the first Sunday of his week in the navy. They received welcome news from their chief petty officer. Standing at attention on the drill grounds, they heard his command: “Today everybody goes to church—everybody, that is, except for me. I am going to relax! ” After he told all the religious groups on his list to go to their separate areas he stopped.
He looked in Pres. Monson’s direction and asked, “So just what do you guys call yourselves? ” Until that very moment he had not realized that anyone was standing beside or behind him on the drill ground. Almost in unison, they replied, “Mormons! ” The chief petty officer scratched his head in an expression of puzzlement but finally said, “Well, you guys go find somewhere to meet. And don’t come back until three o’clock. Forward, march! ” President Monson explains after that what a great blessing it was to decide that early that he was going to stand up for his beliefs no matter what.
Brothers and Sisters we will not always have someone by our side when we stand up for our beliefs, and even if we are alone we should not be scared to stand up for what we believe in. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he is the Son of God, and that he carried out the infinite Atonement and that Joseph Smith is the prophet of God who was called to restore the gospel and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s true Church on the earth; and that the Church is led by a living prophet today. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen