ok so i have to make this super breve for all yall guys this time, but i had a super cool study that i thought i would share with you guys!! it is about agency and how we can use it.
so when we talk to people about what agency is, they always respond with "the ability to chose". which is totally true. with agency, we are allowed to choose the good things in life and the things of god to be blessed.
what does it mean to really apply your agency with the will of god? i mean, you can choose to go to church, you can choose to read your scriptures, you can choose to pay your tithing, but how much WANT do you put into that decision you make? you see, while i have been on the mission, i have seen a lot of members and friends and less actives choose the right, but they always mumble under their breath when they give their tithing. they always kinda of sort of wish that their fast would end a little faster so they can go home and eat some salad. they always walk to the church angry because of the cold and begrudgingly take the sacrament because they are missing their soccer game on the tv.
my point is, with agency, we must not only choose to do the right, we must WANT to do the right. we as a human race want to get closer to god in some way shape or form. we will "do" what he says, but do we really "want to do what he says". we want blessings from god and we want to be changed and we want to have strength and we want to have a good job and we want to have a stronger testimony, but when we are told that we have to go to mutual or when we are told that we have to go to ward counsel in the morning, what is our response? for me, before the mission, it was always the normal groan of complaint mixed with some irrelevant excuse so that i wouldnt have to do the tasks asked of me from my church leaders. being on the mission though, i have learned that not only must i do whats right, i must have the right attitude about it!! how is it that we are going to tell god that we are ready for his blessings when we tell our parents that we really dont want to go to the temple because you would rather go to the beach?? we must be willing to submit ourselves to gods will so that we can be a worthy vessel of the blessings that he wants to give us ever so fervently! i have to scram right this instant, but i know that if yall want help, you gotta be ready to make some changes in your life so that you can get it fast!! ive seen it happen in my mission, and i testify that it is true!
love you guys to the moon and back!
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile