82 Do what is right

“Do what is right, let the consequence follow” assumes that the “right” thing is “right” according to God’s perspective, not mortals’.

  • John Taylor taught: “‘Do what is right, let the consequence follow.’ This is the duty of the Latter-day Saints in their attempts and endeavors to build up Zion, and not to ask any questions as to what men may think of us or our acts, that we, as a people, this nation and the world, are in the hands of God. It is for us to do our duty and fear no consequences, the result of our acts and those of other men and nations the Almighty will control, but let us seek that wisdom which cometh from above, and let us pursue that course that will keep us under the influence of the Spirit of God in all of our doings before the Great Eloheim.” (JD, 9:340-341, April 13, 1862.)
  • Wilford Woodruff instructed: “‘Do what is right, let the consequence follow.’  That is what I say to the Latter-day Saints.  let us do what is right, maintain our religion before God, be valiant in the testimony of Jesus Christ, and prepare ourselves for his coming, for it is near, and this is what God requires at our hands.  He leans upon no other people; he expects from no people but those who have obeyed his Gospel and gathered here, the accomplishment of his great work, the building up of his latter-day Zion and kingdom.  And, as I have said, this responsibility rests not only upon Prophets and Apostles, but upon every man and woman who has entered into covenant with him.”
  • Ezra Taft Benson declared: “‘Do what is right, let the consequence follow,’ goes one of our favorite hymns. Shrink not from duty where it is made known.  Keep the commandments. Trust in God and do the right.”
  • George Albert Smith told this story:

The missionaries had been threatened in that section. One of the men who had threatened them had kept a watch of the road, and in that way learned when they had arrived. He sent word to his associates, who saddled their horses and took their guns, and rode to the top of the hill overlooking the little house. The missionaries knew nothing about it; they did not know that right over their heads, not very far away, were a considerable number of armed horsemen. But they had the spirit of the Lord, and as they sat there in the cool of the afternoon and sang hymns, the one hymn that seemed to be prepared for the occasion was, "Do What is Right." They happened to be good singers, and their voices went out into the quiet air. They had only sung one verse when the leader of the mob took off his hat. They sang another verse and he got off his horse, and the others got off their horses, and by the time the last verse had been sung, those men were repentant. Upon the advice of their leader they rode away without making their presence known. It was later learned that the leader was so impressed with what he heard the missionaries sing that he said to his associates: "We have made a mistake. These are not the kind of men we thought they were. Wicked men can't sing like angels, and these men sing like angels. They must be servants of the Lord."

Additional Resources:

Some Lessons I Learned as a Boy - Gordon B. Hinckley

A Wonderful Adventure: Elaine Cannon - New Era Apr. 1983

 Latter-day Saint Voices: “Let the Consequence Follow”

To Live Well – Richard G. Scott, BYU Speeches

Do What Is Right – Richard G. Scott, BYU Speeches

“Do What Is Right” – Delbert L. Stapley, New Era Feb. 1973

Mormon FAIR-Cast 119: Defending the King and His Kingdom, Louis C. Midgley, 0:34:11

Mormon FAIR-Cast 156: Defenders Beget Defenders, Steve Densley, Jr., 0:19:13

Best of Fair 13: “Uh oh!” to “Ah ha!” in Apologetics: 20/20 Foresight for a Faithful Future in Defending the Church, John Lynch, 0:57:08