Agents Unto Ourselves

My mind is kind of drawing a blank here. I can’t really think of anything, but this scripture just popped into my head as I was trying to come up with something. It’s one of my favorites.

Doctrine and Covenants Section 58 verses 26 through 29

For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

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;

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.

But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.

The commandments of God are necessary, but we should always be striving to do good whether we are commanded to or not. God has given us our free agency and the ability to discern between good and evil. We should not have to be commanded to do good. Instead, we should seek to do good by our own choices and by the abilities that our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us. Let us all choose to bring righteousness into the world.

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