As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe that our Father in Heaven has given us agency, or the ability to choose and to act for ourselves.
I believe that before we came to this earth, we participated in a great council. In this heavenly council, our Father in Heaven presented a plan. Part of His plan allowed us agency. Satan rebelled against our Father and wanted to take away our ability to make choices. Because of this rebellion, Satan and his followers were denied the opportunity to come to earth and gain bodies. I believe that because of our faithfulness and desire to follow our Father in Heaven, we were sent to the earth to gain mortal bodies and have the privilege of making choices.
We have a great responsibility to show our Father in Heaven that we can make good choices and follow our Savior’s example. Along with making choices come consequences to our actions. Whether our choices are good or bad, we will have consequences. I have seen the direct consequences to my actions. I strive to make good choices that will lead me back to my Father in Heaven. Living the commandments and following the teachings of my loving Savior, Jesus Christ, has blessed me with positive consequences in my life. My life is happy and peaceful because I make good choices and use my agency in positive ways. I am so blessed! And for that, I am eternally grateful for a wise and gracious Father in Heaven.