Saturday, April 16, 2011
Harry Potter and the Gospel
So, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have read the books at least 20 times. One reason I love them so much is because the characters are always faced with hard choices. and they always have to choose which path they want to go down, and noone ever forces them to make a choice. Sometimes they aren't the choices that would have been easy or the best. But they always learn from their actions. One of my favorite quotes is, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." That comes from the character of Albus Dumbledore. I feel that is very true. No matter how articulate we are, no matter how poised or polished, our choices make us who we are. They used and we can use agency.
What is agency? As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, agency is a very common word. But most people are confused by what it means. To us, "Agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves." So in simple terms, agency is the ability for us to choose what we want to do with our lives.
Heavenly Father has given us this ability. We are never going to be forced to do something. You may say "The devil made me do it." This is not true. No matter what situation we are in, we always have a choice. And those choices make us who we are.
As we go through life, Heavenly Father wants us to make the right choices. But remember, He will never force us to do anything. He has given us agency to show our faith in Him. When we follow His commandments, we are showing our faith and we are blessed for them. When we choose the right, we become better people, and others can see that. They will be drawn to us and they will want what we have. I testify that agency is one of God's greatest gifts, and if we use it correctly, we will recieve so many blessings.