05 July 2010

Crossroads Matter

In Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself coming to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. She is confronted by the Cheshire Cat, of whom she asks, “Which path shall I take?”

The cat answers: “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t really matter which path you take!”

Unlike Alice, each of you knows where you want to go. It does matter which way you go, for the path you follow in this life leads to the path you will follow in the next.

Our Heavenly Father has given to each of us the power to think and reason and decide. Each of us has the responsibility to choose. You may ask, “Are decisions really that important?” I say to you, decisions determine destiny. You can’t make eternal decisions without eternal consequences.

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.”

Thomas S. Monson

For the complete text, go here.

(Photo taken in Mariposa.)


  1. Marie-
    Perfect thoughts....I would love to "steal" {with your permission of course} this post for small and simple things.....let me know what you think. Be our guest contributor for the day.

  2. That was wonderful, thank you!

  3. I'm thankful for a prophet who knows what we need to hear. Think, reason, decide--the ability to do those things is such great gift. I've been thinking about the blessing of living in a land where we can exercise a full measure of agency.

    Thanks for this post.

  4. I read this at a good time. Choices, eternal...with eternal consequences. Interesting. Always a good reminder to check our selves and which direction we are going because of our paths we are choosing. Thanks mama