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The Great Council in Heaven

Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Decisions” by Elder Eldred G. Smith, Patriarch to the Church, during October 1971.

Elder Smith takes us back to a time before the creation of the earth, to the great council in heaven where we were instructed by our Father regarding the purpose of our mortal existence. We learn of the crucial decision-making process that occurred among us, where some chose to follow the plan presented by our Father, while others, led by Lucifer, rebelled.

The Gift of Free Agency

Central to Elder Smith’s message is the recognition of the profound gift of free agency bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. This gift grants us the power to make choices and decisions, thereby enabling our growth, progress, and ultimately our salvation. However, with this gift comes the responsibility to use it wisely.

The Role of Opposition

Elder Smith highlights the necessity of opposition in our mortal existence, drawing parallels between the war in heaven and the spiritual battles we face on earth. Just as Lucifer and his followers provided opposition in the pre-mortal realm, they continue to tempt and test us in mortality. Yet, it is through overcoming this opposition that we experience growth and development.

Seeking Divine Guidance

Amidst the complexities of life and the myriad decisions we must make, Elder Smith emphasizes the importance of seeking divine guidance through prayer. He shares the example of Oliver Cowdery, who was instructed to study matters out in his mind and then seek confirmation through the Spirit. Similarly, we are encouraged to seek the Lord’s help in making righteous decisions.

The Power of Prayer and Obedience

Through prayer and obedience, we tap into the power of heaven to assist us in our decision-making process. Elder Smith recounts stories of individuals who, through their own efforts and the help of the Lord, were able to overcome challenges and receive blessings beyond measure. This underscores the principle that with God’s help, all things are possible.

Embracing Free Agency

Elder Smith concludes by reaffirming the importance of embracing our agency and using it wisely. Each decision we make shapes our character and determines our eternal destiny. Therefore, we are urged to choose the path of righteousness and seek the Lord’s guidance in all things.

Choose Wisely

As we reflect on Elder Smith’s teachings, let us recognize the sacred gift of agency bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. May we use this gift wisely, seeking divine guidance through prayer and obedience to God’s commandments. Let us strive to make decisions that align with His will, thereby contributing to our growth and ultimately making the world a better place.  Link to Original: Decisions

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