Spiritual Messages and Teachings for LDS Youth and Youth Leaders

I know the difference between right and wrong, but what if it’s a gray area?

From the blog: ldswhy.com

“Should I be kind to my little sister, or should I kick a kitten?”


That’s an easy choice (be kind—in case you weren’t sure).

Sometimes it is very easy to tell what the right decision is. But sometimes people say it is harder to tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong if it’s a “gray” area. But are there actually gray areas?

Which Drawing is Correct?

These drawings each represent a way of looking at life. The first drawing says that the choice we make are black or white, either right or wrong. The second drawing suggests that some things are right, some things are wrong, and in-between there is a “gray” zone. Which is right?

President George Albert Smith quoted his grandfather (who was an Apostle) as saying, “’There is a line of demarcation, well defined, between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s. If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under his influence and will have no desire to do wrong; but if you cross to the devil’s side of the line one inch, you are in the tempter’s power, and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly, because you will have lost the spirit of the Lord.”

So in fact, the first drawing is accurate – there is a well-defined line between right and wrong.

Mormon taught “Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil. For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.  For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God. But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him. And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully…” (Moroni 7:14-18).

Sometimes we might think there are gray areas if we are not searching in the light of Christ. But if we are honest with ourselves and open to inspiration from the guidance of the Spirit, we will receive the direction we need to know what is right and what is wrong.

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