Category Archives: Agency and Accountability

Daily Reminder on Dress and Appearance: #2 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.

“Young men and young women should be neat and clean and avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behavior” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next three weeks, I, ____________________, will be neat and clean. I will avoid being inappropriately casual in my clothing, my hairstyle, and my behavior.

“Through your dress and appearance, you can show how precious your body is to you. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you love Him” – For the Strength of Youth

Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?

Agency and Accountability Segment Closing Post/First Year of For the Strength of All

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Agency and Accountability segment!

Not only that, but if you started with For the Strength of All when it began January 11, 2015, you have just made it through both one year and the entire For the Strength of Youth pamphlet!

I’m really tired as I write this, but I’ll try to not show it. It’s been great to see how the program has changed over time, and even better to see how I’ve changed over time. Hopefully you have had a similar experience. I know that personally some of the things I did a year ago are still having an effect on me now, even after all this time, and for that I am very thankful. I am also very thankful for all the support that I’ve had over the past year, from family, friends, subscribers, and the Lord most of all.

The For the Strength of Youth pamphlet truly is an inspired writing. If we apply its principles in their fullest we really will be among the happiest people to have ever lived. And as we strive to become more like our Heavenly Father by daily choosing to follow Him, He is pleased. I have felt that pleasure many times throughout the past year, and I hope that you have too.

There is probably more that I could say, but the late hour leads me to wrap up the Agency and Accountability Segment instead. The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm ET. The topic will be Dress and Appearance and the segment will most likely last for three weeks, until Sunday February 7.

Before you let this topic rest, ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” Write what you think of down. It can be a specific instance, a favorite quote, a feeling, a thought, whatever it is, write it down. I find it helps me to put the hard work into perspective, seeing how much it has helped. Perhaps also write down some way that applying the principles of For the Strength of Youth have helped you at some point over the last year/several months.

To conclude this segment, I’ll leave you with these inspired words spoken by Elder Robert D. Hales in his conference talk To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency:

“We have been given agency, we have been given the blessings of the priesthood, and we have been given the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost for a reason. That reason is our growth and happiness in this world and eternal life in the world to come. Today I ask, have we received that Spirit? Are we following on the strait and narrow path that leads to God and eternal life? Are we holding onto the iron rod, or are we going another way? I testify that how we choose to feel and think and act every day is the way we get on the path, and stay on it, until we reach our eternal destination…

“To all who desire to enjoy the supernal blessings of agency, I testify that agency is strengthened by our faith and obedience. Agency leads us to act: to seek that we may find, to ask that we may receive guidance from the Spirit, to knock on that door that leads to spiritual light and ultimately salvation. I bear special witness that our Savior Jesus Christ is the source of that light, even the Light and Life of the World. As we use our agency to follow Him, His light will grow within us brighter and brighter until that perfect day when we are welcomed into the presence of our Father in Heaven for all eternity. That we will use our agency to that sacred and glorious end, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

~ George

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will make choices that lead me toward lasting happiness.

“You are accountable to [your Heavenly Father] for what you do with your talents and how you spend your time.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today, I, ____________________, commit to develop my talents and abilities.

Teach Me to Walk in the Light

Hymns, Teach Me to Walk in the Light, no. 304

  • 1. Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
    Teach me to pray to my Father above;
    Teach me to know of the things that are right;
    Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.
  • 2. Come, little child, and together we’ll learn

    Of his commandments, that we may return
    Home to his presence, to live in his sight–
    Always, always to walk in the light
  • 3. Father in Heaven, we thank thee this day

    For loving guidance to show us the way.
    Grateful, we praise thee with songs of delight!
    Gladly, gladly we’ll walk in the light.

Text and music: Clara W. McMaster, 1904-1997 (c) 1958 IRI

Do What Is Right, Verse 3

Hymns, Do What Is Right, no. 237

  • 3. Do what is right; be faithful and fearless.
    Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
    Eyes that are wet now, ere long will be tearless.
    Blessings await you in doing what’s right!
  • (Chorus) Do what is right; let the consequence follow.

    Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
    And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
    God will protect you; then do what is right

Text: Anon., The Psalms of Life, Boston, 1857; Music: George Kaillmark, 1781-1835

Am I using my agency the way Heavenly Father would want me to?

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will make choices that lead me toward lasting happiness.

“While you are free to choose your course of action, you are not free to choose the consequences.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the rest of the segment, I, ____________________, commit to consider the consequences of my actions.

“Your decisions are like switch points on a railroad system. They determine where you will end up in life. When you consistently make the right choices, you are the happiest, receive the greatest personal growth, and have the most productive life. When you make the wrong choices, you may find yourself at an entirely different destination than you want. Should there be transgression in your life, repentance will permit you to correct your course. However, repentance is often a painful process, and sometimes sin may leave permanent physical scars in mortality even when the spirit is healed.” – Do What Is Right by Richard G. Scott

Am I using my agency the way Heavenly Father would want me to?

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will make choices that lead me toward lasting happiness.

“Have the moral courage to stand firm in obeying God’s will, even if you have to stand alone.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the rest of the segment, I, ____________________, will stand firm in obeying God’s will.

“When you make it clear that you will not vary from your standards, you will be led to individuals like yourself and the criticism from others will become less intense. Often those who publicly deride you for your high standards privately do not want you to violate them. They need your good example. Whether it be turning your back on an off-color joke, refusing to see an R-rated movie or videocassette, or walking out of a party that is moving in the wrong direction, make your standards clear to others by quietly making the right choices when temptation is first presented. A decisive, correct choice made once and consistently kept thereafter will avoid much heartache. Your energy can then be used in keeping your resolve rather than repeatedly wrestling with the same challenge.” – Do What Is Right by Richard G. Scott

Am I using my agency the way Heavenly Father would want me to?