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October 10, 2022

How You Can Seek Holiness — And Why You Should

Sister Nelson’s important question can change the way you make decisions

“What would a holy young adult do?” Sister Wendy Nelson asked at a young adult devotional. “What would be on her ‘to-do’ list? How would he [or she] talk with a friend? or shop, or play, or pray, or do laundry, or read to a child? What would a holy young adult listen to or say? write or read? watch or wear?”

Sister Nelson listed a dozen ways we can ask ourselves “What would a holy young adult do?” Whether you’re a young adult or you have a few more years of life and wisdom, considering her questions and advice can help you open the door to greater holiness in your life.

What does it mean to be holy?

“Holiness to the Lord” written in French over the doors of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo temple

Holy can mean “Sacred, having a godly character, or spiritually and morally pure.”1 Holiness is most connected to the temple — the phrase “Holiness to the Lord” is visible on the outside of every temple — and to the home, which we know is the only place on earth that “can compare with the temple in sacredness.”2

President James E. Faust taught that “Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God’s laws and ordinances.”3 Through our efforts, we can make our lives and our homes sacred like the temple.

Why are we trying to seek holiness?

“Jesus Christ … has made it very clear that He wants you and me to become increasingly holy,” Sister Nelson said.

Holiness helps us choose the correct path

So why is holiness so important? Being holy helps us make better choices and reach our eternal goals. President Faust said, “When holiness is achieved by conforming to God’s will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord.”

Would you love to make good decisions that positively impact your life? Striving for greater holiness is the key!

How can we seek holiness?

Sister Nelson’s questions are an excellent way to evaluate your personal holiness. She invited, “In just one situation a day for each of three days, ask yourself, ‘What would a holy young adult do?’ And then follow through with the answer.” Those little steps will build up over time and form habits that help you become holier.

In one situation a day, ask yourself, “What would a holy young adult do?”

In your life, you might ask, “How would a holy young adult prioritize education?” How about, “What would a holy young adult do to be honest in their schoolwork?” Or maybe, “How would a holy young adult prepare to lead a gathering?”

We don’t have to be perfect right away. Progress takes time. But Sister Nelson promised this: “As you live your life in crescendo, trying to be just a little more holy day by day and quickly repenting when you mess up, you will find joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come.”

Have you followed Sister Nelson’s invitation? Share your experiences below!

1.^ Guide to the Scriptures, “Holy,”
2.^ Bible Dictionary, “Temple”
3.^James E. Faust, “Standing in Holy Places,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005

Comments on "How You Can Seek Holiness — And Why You Should"

Thomson Kapoloma says:

Being holy means willingness to move from ‘not my will’ but ‘ let thy will be done’. In addition it means choosing to do the righteous things though living in a sin-saturated world.

donatusessien says:

Thank you, Sister Nelson! I learned that worthiness brings Holiness before the Lord, and we should try to repent everyday of sins.

obemi98 says:

We should be holy to live like God, and being holy help us to be closer to God and follow his ordinances.

obemi98 says:

Thanks for wise words. I have learned about holiness and what it takes to be holy. We can repent and grow to be holy day by day so that we can live like God and follow the ordinances.

Jesus Comforter says:

The only way I feel to seek holiness is to continue abiding in love with the creations of the Lord and trying my best to become a righteous saint. I feel I should because I want to be in my Heavenly Father’s right hand in His highest kingdom.

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