Sunday, January 26, 2014

Using my Agency for Good

With New Year resolutions still fresh on our minds and the desire to change for the better burning within us, I wanted to share my testimony about agency. Agency, according to a study guide mainly used by LDS members called “True to the Faith” states that agency is “the ability to choose and to act for yourself. “
Why is agency so powerful? God entrusted His spirit children (us) to make our own decisions. God is all powerful and all knowing. He could have easily told us how to live minute by minute so that we could never do wrong and sin. He could have easily stripped us of this ability to choose and to act for ourselves. So why didn't He?

When I was 17 years old I went to play at a friend’s house. Our church believes that it is wrong to watch R rated movies. I remember my friends telling me the movie they wanted to watch and that it was R rated. I thought I could easily text my dad and let him know that my friends wanted me to watch it and he would say something along the lines that he forbade it. By doing this I could easily blame my dad for the reason why I couldn't watch the movie. Instead of letting me take the easy way out, my dad texted me back saying, “It’s up to you. You decide.” I knew what I had to do and I couldn't even use my dad as an excuse-I was mortified. I had to stand up to my friends and I was the only person keeping me from having “fun” with them. I went home alone early that night but I felt great for standing up for my beliefs. Because I used my agency to follow what I believe God thinks is right, I was blessed for not polluting my mind with entertainment that was probably gruesome and vulgar. This may seem like a small victory in my life but it was because of this experience that I was able to see what I really stood up for. After that, R rated movies no longer became even a slight temptation to me. Other situations that may have been a gray area for me in the past were made clear so I could choose the decision I needed to become a stronger and more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.
I believe that in order for both my spiritual and temporal progression, my Heavenly Father has entrusted me to use my agency wisely so that I can become the person He knows I can be.

I hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday full of love and laughter. What are some of your goals for this year? How will you use your agency-a gift God gave us- this year? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. Much like the example above, I have been able to discover that the more I use my agency to make good choices, the easier it becomes to make those choices again in the future. Although watching R rated movies might sound fun, there is a reason for the commandment against it. So much of those movies are made up of degrading material that pollutes the mind and although it has become worldly acceptable to watch them, that doesn't mean that it is good for you. We have commandments to guide us on how to make good choices, though no one is forcing us to follow them. It is our choice to follow or not follow the commandments, though from past experience, I think the happier and more fulfilling road comes when we do choose to follow them. If everyone followed every commandment perfectly their whole lives we would be robbing ourselves the chance to exercise the atonement and become closer to our Heavenly Father. I think the process that we go through when we use agency and accidentally make the wrong decision helps us exercise faith and trust in the lord that he will help get us back in the right direction.

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