Agency

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Agency is a term among Mormons for the inherent freedom to follow conscience within each person and includes the burden of accountability for one's actions. Compulsion is antithetical to this essential characteristic of being; poor choices will abridge the capacity for agency. [1]

They cite Joshua 24:15: "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." [2]

As found in the New Message from God

"If you do not set a real direction in your life, other people will set the direction for you."[3]

"Begin with this deep evaluation. That is fundamental. If this is not undertaken, you will not be free to know, you will not be free to act and you will not be free to move with Knowledge. You will be held in place, as if you were chained to a wall—unable to move, unable to reconsider your life and unable to set a new direction. For your life will already have been committed away, given over to others, or just simply lost in the countless thoughts and pursuits that you carry on in the course of your life."[3]

"Though you will be asked to exert far greater dominion over your body and your mind, you will know that they are in service to a greater power, which is beyond your control or definition. Thus, you are given all power and authority to become sovereign in your own domain. And yet, you see that your domain is to express a greater domain of which you are a part."[4]

Agency in 1970's Latin America and later

The Indigenous Bible Study movement within the sweep of liberation theology in Latin America created a simple yet visionary way of reading Bible texts--to use the power of visualization to put themselves in the narrative.

References

  1. C. Terry Warner. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism. "Agency"
  2. In context of the complete chapter
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marshall Vian Summers. The Great Waves of Change, Chapter 5: The Deep Evaluation (June 3, 2008)
  4. Marshall Vian Summers. Relationships and Higher Purpose, Chapter 6: Your Relationship with Knowledge