Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Heavenly Father Gave Me Agency

January 2008, Talk #3

Every day we make choices. We might choose what to wear or what to have for breakfast. We choose what to say, what to read, what to watch and how we act. We choose how we will treat others.

The ability to make choices is called Agency. This is a very special gift from Heavenly Father. Without agency we would not be able to make our own choices.

In primary we often see the letters "CTR" they stand for "Choose the Right". Choosing the right is what agency is all about. Heavenly Father wants us to decide on our own if we are going to obey his commandments and follow His plan.

Heavenly father knew that it would be hard for us to make some choices. He knows that Satan will try to trick us.

We have been given some special tools to help us use our agency to choose the right.

Jesus Christ is our older brother and he is a perfect example. When we are faced with a choice we can always ask the question "What would Jesus do?"

Another tool that we have been given is the Holy Ghost. After you are baptized and have promised Heavenly Father that you will obey his commandments, he promises you the gift of the Holy Ghost. The holy ghost will bless you with peace when you choose the right.

We are also blessed to have people around us that love us and want to help us make the right decisions. Our parents, grandparents, primary teachers, brothers and sisters, the Bishop and even the Prophet can all offer us help and advice when we need it.

I'm glad that Heavenly Father trusts me and knows that I can choose the right. I am thankful for agency. I know that it is part of Heavenly Father's plan.

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