What is agency? Agency is the freedom to choose right from wrong. Agency is part of Heavenly Father's plan for us. We can show that we are grateful for His plan by choosing the right. The following experience was told about Elder Wayne S. Petersen of the Seventy.
A six- or seven-year-old boy in the car parked ahead of you turns and sticks his tongue out at you. What should you do?
This happened to Elder Wayne S. Peterson of the Seventy while he was waiting in his car. What do you think he did? Elder Peterson remembered how important it is to choose the right. He said, “I waved at the little boy. He stuck his tongue out at me again. I smiled and waved again. This time he waved back. Soon he was joined … by a little brother and sister. [When their car] pulled away, my newfound friends continued to wave for as long as I could see them.”*
Elder Peterson chose to show his faith in Jesus Christ by following His teachings. The Savior taught, “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (3 Ne. 14:12). Elder Peterson felt good as the car drove away, because he had chosen the right.
We are happy when we choose the right and keep the commandments. When we choose the right, we show our love for Heavenly Father and we prepare ourselves for temple ordinances.
What happens, though, if we choose to do something wrong? We feel bad, and we know that we need to repent so that we can be forgiven. A loving Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to be forgiven so that we can be worthy to be with Him.
We begin our membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clean and pure. If we show our faith in Jesus Christ by choosing the right and by repenting when we do wrong, the Holy Ghost can continue to guide us. Each week as we take the sacrament, we can renew our baptismal covenants to Heavenly Father to remember the Savior and keep His commandments.
Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings can be ours. Going to the temple is an important step we must take to live with Him again.
I know that if I follow Heavenly Father's Plan I can be happy.