Agency, Conquering Doubt and Related Thoughts

Posted by Machete , Saturday, August 21, 2010 11:41 PM

Whatever you do, you'd better do all out. Believe in Christ and doubt nothing. Why? Because He'll give you whatever you want, that's why. He'll give you everything.

Let's start with an understanding that we are in control. Our agency is powerful and it ours, and God's devotion to it is absolute. Never fall into the trap of thinking that we are somehow helpless, that we are prey to some kind of unavoidable fate. It is a lie. God orders and provides, but we've got to work it out. Yeah, we, as Moroni said, must "work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling before [God]." Work out your own career. Work out your own relationships. Work out your own responsibilities. Work out your own happiness. We are not to be acted upon. I agree with Elder Cecil O. Samuelson: "The things of greatest ultimate importance to us are largely in our control and are within the scope of our agency... you are really and quite completely in control of those things of ultimate importance."
We'll get to how this fits in with others' agency later.