Category Archives: Agency and Accountability

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #18 out of 21

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

“You are responsible for the choices you make.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the rest of the segment, I, ____________________, will take responsibility for my choices.


“Other people’s actions do not dictate what is right or wrong. One person having the courage to make the right choice can influence many others to also choose wisely. I wish to endorse what is stated in the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth*:

“You are responsible for the choices you make. You should not blame your circumstances, your family, or your friends if you choose to disobey God’s commandments. You are a child of God with great strength. You have the ability to choose righteousness and happiness, no matter what your circumstances.”” – Choices by James E. Faust

*This is a quote from the 9th edition. We are using the 10th edition.


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

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #17 out of 21

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

“The Holy Ghost can guide you in using your agency righteously.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the rest of this segment, I ____________________, commit to seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost.


“The promptings that come to us to flee evil reflect our Heavenly Father’s understanding of our particular strengths and weaknesses and His awareness of the unforeseen circumstances of our lives…

“But if we ignore those promptings, the light of the Spirit will fade. Our agency will be limited or lost, and we will lose the confidence and ability to act. We will be “walking in [spiritual] darkness at noon-day.” Then how easy it is to wander into strange paths and become lost! How quickly we are bound in the chains of sin spoken of by Lehi to his rebellious sons. For example, if we make choices that put us deeply in debt, we will lose our agency to meet our wants and needs or to save for that inevitable rainy day. If we choose to break the law, we may be put in prison, where our agency is so limited that we cannot choose where we go, who we see, or what we do. Spirit prison is very much like that. Therefore, to retain our agency we must daily walk in the light of our Lord and Savior and follow the path of obedience. It is the only path that leads to our Father in Heaven.” – To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency by Robert D. Hales


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

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #16 out of 21

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

“While here on earth, you are being proven to see if you will use your agency to show your love for God by keeping His commandments.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the duration of this segment, I, ____________________, commit to show my love for God by keeping His commandments.


“In choosing whether we will obey, it is always helpful to remember the consequences of our choices. Did Lucifer and his followers understand the consequences of choosing to reject Heavenly Father’s plan? If so, why did they make such a terrible choice? We might ask ourselves a similar question: why do any of us choose to be disobedient when we know the eternal consequences of sin? The scriptures provide an answer: the reason Cain and some of the children of Adam and Eve chose to disobey is because “they loved Satan more than God.”” – “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” by Robert D. Hales, emphasis added


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

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #15 out of 21

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

“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct your life is one of God’s greatest gifts to you.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the duration of this segment, I, ____________________, commit to work on remembering the gift of agency.


“A central part of our Father’s plan was that we would be free to choose. This gift is called agency, the power to choose. The companion of agency is always accountability. We are individually responsible for the choices we make.

“When Heavenly Father asked who would carry out the plan, Lucifer offered to redeem all mankind under his conditions, where agency would be denied and he would receive all the glory. This would frustrate God’s eternal plan of happiness.

“Jesus Christ offered Himself to be the Savior in the Father’s plan. He chose to submit to the plan of the Father. We put our faith in our elder brother Jesus Christ, knowing that His mission was essential to our being able to return to our Father’s kingdom.” – Agency and Accountability by Shayne M. Bowen


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

Daily Reminder on Agency and Accountability: #14 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 and for the rest of the segment, I, ____________________, commit to develop my talents and abilities.


“President Joseph F. Smith said, “Every son and every daughter of God has received some talent, and each will be held to strict account for the use or misuse to which it is put” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 370). A talent is one kind of stewardship (responsibility in the kingdom of God). The parable of the talents tells us that when we serve well in our stewardship, we will be given greater responsibilities. If we do not serve well, our stewardship will eventually be taken from us. (See Matthew 25:14–30.)” – Gospel Principle, (2011), 196-99 – Chapter 34: Developing Our Talents


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