George P. Lee was called by President Spencer W. Kimball to the Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy in 1975. He also earned a Master’s degree from Utah State University and was the first Native American to get a Doctorate degree from BYU. He lived a good life and was growing, progressing, and achieving. He exuded light, and you can sense his goodness from the picture below.
The man below was excommunicated from the LDS Church in 1989 after a dispute with then-president Ezra Taft Benson. He was arrested in 1989 and eventually pleaded guilty to the attempted sexual molestation of a young girl. He divorced his wife in 1996. They had 7 children together. In 2007 he was arrested again for failure to register as a sex offender. The case was eventually dropped. He recently passed away from lingering health problems. A life full of sin, hopelessness, and despair.
I can’t imagine a more glaring example of how the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us better men, women, children, and families. These two portraits are visual proof of what a life with the gospel can offer, and what a life without following true principles can lead to.
These pictures are of the same man, George P. Lee. One full of light, the other void of it as consequence of bad choices.
The commandments of God are not meant to restrict us, in fact, they are designed with the exact opposite purpose in mind. They are to lift us to a higher plane and protect us from the dangers of this world. Hold fast to the commandments and have confidence in the following promise:
“And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper…”
1 Nephi 2:20