For the Strength of Youth
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updated 07/28/15
Choose the Right - Hymn Number 239
Performed by:
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Text by:
Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942 1985 IRI
Music by:
Henry A. Tuckett, 1852-1918 1985 IRI
Choose the right when a choice is placed before you. In the right the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o'er you, When in the right your heart confides.

Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression Overcome you in the evil hour.
There's the right and the wrong to ev'ry question; Be safe thru inspiration's pow'r.

Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right! There's safety for the soul.
Choose the right in all labors you're pursuing; Let God and heaven be your goal.

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Choose the right! Choose the right! Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right! And God will bless you evermore.

 Our dear Young Men and Young Women, we have great confidence in you. You are beloved sons of God and He is mindful of you. You have come to earth at a time of great opportunities and also of great challenges. The standards in 'For the Strength of Youth' booklet will help you with the important choices you are making now and will yet make in the future. We promise that as you keep the covenants you have made and these standards, you will be blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, your faith and testimony will grow stronger, and you will enjoy increasing happiness.

In all that you do, stay focused on the temple. In the temple you will receive the greatest of all the Lord’s blessings, including marriage for time and all eternity. Keeping the standards in the booklet will help you be worthy to attend the temple, where you can perform sacred ordinances for your ancestors now and make essential covenants for yourself in the future.

Our Father in Heaven has placed great trust in you. He has a work for you to do. Seek His guidance in prayer, and counsel with your parents and leaders. The decisions you make now will set the course for much of what will follow during your mortal life and throughout eternity.

We testify that God lives. It is our fervent prayer that you will remain steadfast and valiant throughout your lives and that you will trust in the Savior and His promises. As you do this, you will be an influence for good in helping to build the kingdom of God and prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Savior. 

The First Presidency
For the Strength of Youth booklet (2011)