This week the principles of agency and accountability have been on my mind. My HWN has been in the pondering :) Here are some verses that highlight some of my thoughts:
“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” (D&C 58:27-28)
“Wherefore, go ye and preach my gospel, whether to the north or to the south, to the east or to the west, it mattereth not, for ye cannot go amiss.” (D&C 80:3)
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelations 3:15-16)
Over the years, I’ve received a confirming witnesses regarding various conclusions to a specific decision. Interestingly, some of the decisions have been opposites. Why would the Spirit confirm opposing answers to the same question? I think it wasn’t necessarily the answer that was being confirmed, rather the process. Heavenly Father was affirming his confidence in my choice — in my decision making abilities, in the rightness of my moving forward.
For the longer followers of my blog, these ideas may sound familiar… As a matter of fact, I have at least two very similar posts from the past year (“Right decisions” and “It mattereth not“). Hopefully I’m getting better at applying this principle! It’s been a difficult one, but I’m definitely committed to it!
Also, here are some highlights of the week:
On Tuesday, Nathan and I watched our friend Hannah perform with the world-champion BYU Ballroom Dance team. Epic and inspiring performance! They’re competing in Blackpool England this week to defend their title!
My cousin Kyler received his endowment in the Draper Temple yesterday :)
And today I got to give a presentation to a combined priesthood and relief society to the Fort Canyon YSA ward in Alpine… My presentation was entitled “10 Years as a YSA… and 10 lessons learned”
Lastly, I didn’t get to be there in person, but my sister Jenny is now Sister Duvall! I got to Skype in as she was set apart as a missionary tonight :)