Living by the scriptures

There are two scriptures that enhanced my views and helped me understand the power and importance of our agency. The first is 2 Nephi 2:26. Previously in this chapter, Lehi states that God created the earth and the things on it to act and things to be acted upon. In verse 26, he states that the children of men are “to act for themselves” (we are the “actors”) “and not to be acted upon” (we don’t have to be the “actees” or the things that are just acted upon).

The other verse is 2 Nephi 10:23. “Wherefore cheer up your hearts and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves — to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” We are not meant to be victims of circumstance. We may not be able to choose exactly what happens to us, but we can choose how it affects us. We can take comfort in knowing that we can choose to be happy, we can choose to repent.

Even after we make a mistake, we can cheer up and choose to do better. It just takes making the choice. Heavenly Father is perfect at making the best decisions; we’re here to learn how to do that. I’m grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ, who made it so I don’t have to be stuck in any circumstance if I so choose. When I am acted upon, I will take action and choose to follow Him.

— Aaron Jueschke, Country Crossing 15th Ward, South Jordan Utah Country Crossing Stake