Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Gift of Choice..."Free Agency"




In life we see everything kind of clear or rosy, well in our eyes we think it is clear and colorful, but what really is clear to us may not be the right choice...just like the picture above.

Before coming to earth, Heavenly Father gave us a very special gift...free agency.

When the war in heaven occurred (REV.12) we chose to stay with Heavenly Father to follow His plan instead of Satan's plan, so we could return to Heavenly Father's presence once again.  At birth we are blessed with parents who try to guide us along the way through this life by teaching us right from wrong and how to make good choices..

Sometimes we take other directions in life which are contrary to the ones we were taught and we then end up seeing  life in another way. This then makes the picture of life look so different then what we invisioned and to us it is very rosy... making us choose the wrong instead of the right.

Choice (free agency)  is a wonderful gift and by making righteous choices as following our parents council and staying close to Heavenly Father's plan...we can then see life with clearer lenses...which is through Heavenly Father's celestial eyes.

The Proclamation to the World allows us to see what is right from wrong and to understand why the freedom of choice is so important to guide us back into His presence.

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.



We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2 comments:

  1. it's difficult to let your own children have their free agency especially when they make unwise choices but that's how we learn....

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