Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Free to Choose

For this Freedom Friday, I want to revisit the topic of moral agency. After I published my last post on this topic, I prepared a lesson for the five-year-old children that I teach each Sunday and realized that I had missed the most important reason why we should use our moral agency wisely. That reason is that it makes us happy to choose the right. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. Because They love us, They want us to be happy. One way that we can be happy is to have the opportunity to make choices. This is why Heavenly Father gave us the great gift of moral agency long before we came to earth. With the gift of moral agency, we have the right to choose how we will live our lives. Because we are able to make choices, we are responsible for our actions. When we make the right choices, our agency becomes stronger and our power to make right choices increases. One thing that we need to remember is that even though we have the power to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. In Matthew 5:6 it says, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…." To "hunger and thirst after righteousness" means to choose the right. Making right choices helps us to make more right choices. Choosing wisely brings peace of mind and freedom from feelings of guilt and remorse. Using our moral agency wisely brings happiness. If we want to truly be free, we must learn CTR - Choose The Right!

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