(September 21, 2015)
For a long time, I held to the illusion that because people were rational they would obey all the commandments if only their faith and testimony were strong enough. But, as I have been taught by (sometimes painful) experience through the years, I have come to understand that my belief in this idea was naïve.
I believe, still, that people tend to act in their rational interest. I no longer believe, though, that all people’s interest is in following the Gospel. There are those who, even if they fully understood the truth, would choose to follow another path (we read about them in this chapter, as they are described as those who believe that there is a God but love lucre more).