Stay the Course

Book of Mormon Journal with Steve Farrell

Faith in Jesus Christ leads to covenants with God the Father, and covenants inspire commitments with Him to do what is right, to stay the course, to endure every trial maintaining fidelity, come what may.

The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “All difficulties which might and would cross our way must be surmounted. Though the soul be tried, the heart faint, and the hands hang down, we must not retrace our steps; there must be decision of character.”

As to not retracing our steps, I like what President Spencer W. Kimball, 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints noted, “some decisions need only be made once.”

When I see a loved one who labored hard to receive an answer of God through study and prayer, receive that answer, but then under pressure, under the trials that do and must come to us all, question, rethink, reapproach the Lord about the very same issue, with a predetermined conclusion, I might add, that that previous was revealed no longer applies, I get concerned. For after all, doesn’t Our Heavenly Father know the beginning from the end? And isn’t the real test of our faith come when put under pressure? And I wonder, how many times will it take for us to discard inspired answers until He answers not, or worse, that he does answer with the very answer WE want (the second or third time around), and as we then head in the direction we told Him to tell us to go, He then pulls away his protecting hand as we reap as we have sowed? Oh, yes. It happens!

This question then applies to our beloved Constitution as to anything else, does it not? The Lord has said He “established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men that he raised up unto this very purpose.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80) And again, in regards to the U.S. Constitution, that the “laws and constitution” of this people, “I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles. That every man may act in doctrine and principle according to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment…” (DC 101:77-78) And so, if God set this up this standard, even this “Heavenly Banner” as the Prophet Joseph called it, should we abandon it in this crisis, or that crisis, or any crisis? Should we ignore it when crafting policy? Should we blame our failures on it rather than ourselves, our negligence, our sins, and our lack of confidence in the standard he set up, and now look to a new form for modern needs? Or to put it another way, should we rather than abandon the Constitution under every sort of excuse under the sun, instead hold to it, cling to it, and more fully turn to it, with this determination to see it come forth as all the more glorious luster as would a diamond under pressure?

I believe so. God has answered us when it comes to forms of government. The United States Constitution is the standard. He raised it this nation and its Constitution up. To it we must fly and fly also to all the other great and general laws of conduct and governance He has established since the beginning for our benefit. And this we can do and must do if we expect to remain free, prosperous, and happy.


Steve Farrell is a former longtime pundit with (1999-2008), the author of the inspirational novel, Dark Rose, and Founder and Editor In Chief of Self-Educated American.