On Oct. 17, Lea gave a talk. She did an excellent job as always. I am very proud of her. Here is her talk:
Hello for those of you that don’t know me, I was asked to give a talk about Agency & Accountably. When I hear of Agency and Accountability I wondered why those two were always said together and I guess I didn’t really understand the meaning of it till now. They are said together because they kind of help each other be explained, now agency is the freedom or ability to choose right or wrong. Accountability is the consequences of your actions. In the New Era in May 1973, Thomas S. Monson wrote a talk in the three called the 3 r’s of agency. They are the RIGHT of choice, the RESPONSIBILITY of choice, and the RESULT of choice. That is kind of self-explanatory, You have the right to choose or your agency, the responsibility of choosing right , and the result is your consequences. In this passage he also says, We also have the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral. There is no middle ground. The Lord knows this; Lucifer knows this. There is a great contest being waged for the souls of men. On the one hand Lucifer has attractively painted his road signs. Have you seen them? They are bright and most enticing. They read like this: “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” “It’s the popular thing to do.” Another one may read: “Just this once won’t matter. “On the other hand the Lord has prepared his road signs for our guidance. They read: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Which basically is saying “you get what you give” . Now you were sent on this earth to prove your love for god through choosing the right to get back to heaven with him, he wants to see us all back there. We weren’t sent to earth with no guidance, we have the scriptures, church, and the Holy Ghost. They are here for us to choose the right and to make good choice.. Agency is a wonderful thing it helps us prove our love for god. in the Strength of Youth pamphlet it say under Agency and accountability , wrong choices delay your progression and lead to heartache and misery , right choices lead to happiness and eternal life . In Doctrine and Covenants section 101 verse 78 it says “That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the Day of Judgment.” Although you are free to choose for yourself right or wrong, you are not able to choose the consequences for your actions. We are all lucky to have are Agency here on Earth, in Moses chapter 4 verse 3 it says “Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;” Satan wanted us to be sent here on this earth with no Agency not able to choose right from wrong, he wanted us to only have the choice of right . We also have to take the consequences of actions good or bad. Like it said in D&C 101:78 on the Day of Judgment were all accountable for are choices. But I know if we make good choices and follow the lord we will be with heavenly father again. I know this church is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.