(May 4, 2015)
There is a great desire in each of us, I think, to do those things that are right. After all, it wasn’t an accident that we arrived at this point in our eternal progression. But there is more to mortality than just trying to do the right thing – we must also be willing to follow His Plan, rather than our own, in doing that right thing.
Even when we are trying to do the right thing, we can cause significant problems for others. For example, the Lord instructed to the leper he healed to be silent about this miracle. The man, perhaps out of gratitude or some other potentially righteous desire to push forward the work, disregarded this counsel. Though his motives may have been good, and his faith (as demonstrated by his being healed) was strong, he negatively affected the Lord’s ability to teach the people. This publication prevented Christ from openly teaching in the city.