It reminded me of our girls who played city league basketball. In those years it was common practice not to hold any games or practices on Sunday. Our community is predominantly Christian but very few LDS. Consequently it was pleasant not to have to worry about playing basketball on the Sabbath. When we had some severely stormy weather that cancelled several Saturday games we learned that a game would be made up on Sunday. We discussed it and realized playing a basketball game on Sunday didn't fit with our standards. One of the girls asked if we could watch the game, and again that didn't fit our standards either. It was a great learning experience for all of us.
In future years we told the league right from the beginning that we wouldn't be available for Sunday games or practices and it was good we did. About that time we started to see a change in the league where they started to schedule games and some practices on Sunday. So our declaration of unavailability on the Sabbath led to certain coaches not choosing the girls on their teams.
Brother Christensen began this new reading of the Book of Mormon to find if it were true with prayer, asking God if it were true or if he should search for truth elsewhere. If it was true he would willingly build the kingdom. Pres. Monson quotes Brother Chiristensen as saying: "I use applied econometrics maybe once a year, but I use my knowledge that the Book of Mormon is the word of God many times every day of my life. In all of the education that I have pursued, that is the single most useful piece of knowledge I have ever gained." So to him Oxford is a sacred place where he learned truth and the most important and useful things in his life.
When I heard President Monson tell the story I was touched with the young man's determination to keep the sabbath. Of course Brother Christensen has been very successful in all facets of his life. But what strikes me is how those simple decisions he made early in life, and the effort he put in to first follow his parents teachings, then to stand strong for doing what was right and finally to examine himself closely and see that his testimony wasn't what it needed to be. Then in every case he did something and didn't just think about it, ignore it or wish it would come easy. He not only learned but did, until he was sure what was right.
President Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the church, said (in the October 1985 General Conference of the church), "When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed ... . The world would shape human nature; but Christ can change human nature ... and changed men (and women) can change the world."
All of us make choices each day that allow us to be changed the way Christ would have us change or to shaped into something the world prefers. The world's way does not follow Christ nor go beside it. While none of us will have the same life or opportunities and successes that Clayton Christensen had, we will have different opportunities whether they be modest or fantastic. Our choices will allow us to change the world or to be changed by the world. You choose.