Life is full of choices. Big or small, they exist. Different sources have estimated that an individual will make about 35,000 decisions every single day. I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of choices to make. Just think, that’s 35,000 opportunities to do good and make choices that will benefit your future.
Before this life, we had agency. We chose to follow God’s plan, which included Jesus Christ as our Savior, and come to this earth to gain a body and learn and progress to become more like God. Our agency came with us to earth. We have the ability to choose right or wrong, happiness or sadness. The prophet, Alma, from the Book of Mormon, states “…becoming as gods, knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state to act, or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures, whether to do evil or to do good.” (Alma 12:31) The ability to know good from evil is a godly aspect. Isn’t that cool? We become more like God because we can choose. You choose whether you will follow Jesus Christ. Nobody can make you.
In my home, my parents have taught my brothers and me that no one can make you do anything. My little brother can’t “make me mad,” I choose whether or not his actions will affect me. I am in charge of myself and my actions. I can choose to try to annoy my brothers, or I can choose to bring us closer together and not cause contention. I can also choose to control my anger. I choose how I respond to those who may try to upset me. Every thing I do is my choice, so why should I not choose to do the right thing?
Following the commandments and the teachings of the prophets is hard, and it always will be, but I’ve learned that I am happier when I do so. I am not forced to follow these guidelines, I choose to and have seen the blessings in my life from following them. I go to church because it brings joy to my life. I read my scriptures for the same reason. Nobody makes me do these things. I choose to.
I challenge you to think about the decisions that you make everyday. Maybe change some of your choices. Choose to serve others, choose to do right, seek guidance from the Holy Spirit of God. He is there to give you peace and help you follow the word of God.
Remember, you have the ability to choose and your choices bring consequences, good or bad. Sin may bring temporary happiness, but in the long run it damages your spirit and will bring sorrow in your life. Don’t make choices that will take away your agency: alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances take away your self-control and your ability to choose. Do not choose long term spiritual and physical slavery for temporary pleasures. It is not worth it.
I love the gospel. I am so thankful for my Father in Heaven who gave me the gift of agency. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my redeemer. I know our choices matter in this life, and in the life to come.