When High Noon Comes!


The great western movie classic, “High Noon”, tells the story of a town Marshall who is forced to face a gang of killers all by himself. As the Marshall scours the town for help, no one has the courage to come forward to help him, leaving him alone and outnumbered to face the evil that will surely come to the town if the gang is not stopped. Arriving by train at noon, the outlaws return to town to seek revenge. There they find the town deserted except for the Marshall who is the only  man left standing in the street to defend the right.

At least once in each of our lives we will find ourselves in a deserted town as the train whistle sounds, and the clock strikes high noon! We will find ourselves in a position of ‘standing alone’ in the street to defend the right.  Thomas S. Monson encouraged us to be defenders of righteousness when he said:

“As we go about living from day-to-day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. Do we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so doing we must stand alone?…it is essential that we are able to face—with courage—whatever challenges come our way. Remember the words of Tennyson: “My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.” (“Dare to Stand Alone”, GC, Oct 2011)

All of us are faced with  daily challenges in this life.  Some of those challenges become a ‘High Noon” moment in our life. In order to overcome them we must be men and women of resolve. We must be willing to stand for gospel principles that no longer seem popular or in vogue. Sometimes that means we must stand alone in the street against daunting odds.

The movie, “High Noon” ended with the Marshall overcoming all odds and goodness prevailed. But that is a “Hollywood” ending. From experience we know that, oft-times, a happy ending doesn’t happen in real life. Yet, we can be reassured, that “the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27)

May we all have the courage to walk the street alone and then stand our ground when the train whistle sounds and ‘high noon’ comes into our town!

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