High School is considered one of the most influential times of your life, which was why I was so stressed out after 9th grade. I genuinely didn’t like the Jr High I attended. All my friends at school had managed to form tight cliques and I didn’t feel included. After a rough Junior High experience, I was given the option of choosing between two different High Schools. Good things can be said about both schools, but I wasn’t sure if I would be happy at one of the choices. I began praying and reading my scriptures fervently trying to see if my Heavenly Father had a preference to which school I attend. After a few weeks of frustration I decided to go to my parents about not receiving a prompting. “Why haven’t I received an answer? I’m doing everything to get my answer!” My mom then explained that maybe I wasn’t asking the right question. Instead of asking Heavenly Father to choose for me, I should try to make the decision on my own. If I put forth my own effort into making a choice, then maybe I would receive the answer I needed. I was asking for Him to choose between two good things for me, and the case might’ve been I would’ve progressed well at both schools. After lots of hard work, I came to the conclusion that I needed to make some hard decisions for myself. That’s what our agency is for. We have the ability to make choices that will put us each on certain paths. The paths we want to choose from may have an obvious better choice, or in my case, one that was going to be good for me either way. After long periods of thought, I concluded to go to a different school than planned and took my answer to my Heavenly Father, saying that I had come to a decision and wondered if it was best for me. I finally received an affirmation for my hard work and I was incredibly glad. Sometimes you may have to choose between two good things in your life, but it’s because of your agency that you have the opportunity to choose. You may make mistakes on the way, but you can choose to look for help from your Heavenly Father.
Have there been times in your life when you’ve had to make a hard decision? Do you think that there was a way you could’ve handled it better?