This week I'm chewing on the idea of agency. I honestly could write for hours on this topic, but I have only 5 minutes before my morning routine is thrown out of whack.
This quote from pg 217 of the biography, Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower, has been mulling around in my mind.
"If the doctrines of the Church could be put in boxes of various sizes and shapes to fit them . . . I would find the box labeled "agency" and set that in place first. . . . As we examine this foundational doctrine, we find such words as "choice", "freedom", "liberty", and we quickly learn that our God intends that we should be free to choose good on one hand and evil on the other."
I, personally, have a love/hate relationship with agency. I believe that agency IS that power within us... We can choose our actions even when we don't feel like doing something. That is more powerful than we know.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, D&C 58)
These thoughts are echoing in my mind as I try to make sense of evil and good. This is a talk by Elder Hales, May 2006.