Agency Rocks!


A family story is told that once as a young boy my great-uncle was at the dinner table with his parents.  Like many young people he didn’t like what was on his plate to eat.  He belligerently stated, “I don’t like this and I’m not going to eat it! His father sternly replied, “Not only are you going to eat it, you’re going to like it!”  Seeing that he was not going to get away with his aforementioned statement, my great-uncle  replied, “Well… I’ll eat it, but I am not going to like it!”

There is something to be said about the principle of agency in the above exchange. While my great-uncle might have been forced to eat something he didn’t like, he still had control of his agency to ‘like’ it or not and he chose to exercise it accordingly.  Agency, and how we use it is an important part of God’s plan for our progression.

Many in this world would have us believe that we are ‘born a certain way’ and that we ‘are what we are.” This type of philosophy enables them to do whatever they please, thus giving them free reign to, “eat and be merry for tomorrow we die”,  for this life is the end of it all.  To them agency is not ‘God-given’ and therefore they will not be held accountable for their actions.  Robert D. Hales had this to say:

“Contrary to the world’s secular teaching, the scriptures teach us that we do have agency, and our righteous exercise of agency always makes a difference in the opportunities we have and our ability to act upon them and progress eternally.”

‘Agency is a wonderful gift from our creator. Jesus Christ used his agency righteously by accepting and taking upon himself the sins of the world, thus becoming our Savior. We too can use our agency to benefit the lives of all those we come into contact with. “Agency Rocks!”


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