Thrill Seeking

Latter-day Counsel

Some of you may think that you will discover your strengths and abilities by living on the edge. Perhaps you also think it is a way to find your identity or manliness. Your identity, however, cannot be found from thrill seeking, such as intentionally and unnecessarily exposing your life or your soul to any kind of danger, physical or moral. There will always be enough risks that will come to you naturally without your having to seek them out. Your strength and identity will come from honoring your priesthood, developing your talents, and serving the Lord. Each of you will have to work very hard to qualify for your eternal potential. It will not be easy. Finding your true identity will tax your ability far beyond climbing a dangerous cliff or speeding in a car or on a motorcycle. It will require all of your strength, stamina, intelligence, and courage. President James E. Faust, Oct Conf 1995

Some thrill seekers seem to be trying to satisfy an internal emptiness through the external gratification of alcohol, drugs, and illicit sexual relations. To ease their consciences, some vainly wait for the Church to "get modern," "to wake up," or "to get with the times." That internal emptiness can be filled only by making our relationship with "God the center of our being," as President David O. McKay taught. Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon: Pres. James E. Faust (October 1995) "It is not an easy thing to make God the center of our being. To do so we must determine to keep his commandments. Spiritual attainment, not physical possessions, not the indulgence and the gratification of the body, must become the chief goal. Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon: Pres. James E. Faust (October 1995) "Only in the complete surrender of our inner life may we rise above the selfish, sordid pull of nature .... As the body dies when the spirit leaves it, so the spirit dies when we exclude God from it. I cannot imagine peace in a world from which God and religion are banished." President James E. Faust, Oct Conf 1995