Week 21 – Talihau/’Utungake

I had a pretty cool experience with receiving revelation this week. I’ve been wondering how God can know everything, have a plan for each of us, and yet we still have our agency to do what we want. Do we really have control over our lives if our agency is limited to following God’s plan for us or not? If God already knows beforehand what choices we will make, does that affect his plan for us and are we condemned/destined to make those choices?

I searched the scriptures one morning to find an answer. Some verses helped a little, but I was still puzzled. Later while we were walking to ‘Utungake I was pondering over my questions when an analogy came to me. It was really interesting because the analogy came as a way to teach me, not me trying to think of an analogy for a concept I already understood so I can teach someone else.

In this life we take a test in which the teacher already knows how we will score.  We don’t know how we’ll do, so the benefit of the test is only for the students and not the teacher. At first it might seem kind of hopeless knowing that the teacher already has a score in mind for you. But he’s not just giving the score to you, you still have to take the test and earn it. Maybe the teacher throws in some questions that he knows you’ll miss. But when you get the test back and look at your answers, you’ll learn from those mistakes.

The premortal life is like all your education before your first semester in college; it’s huge in comparison, just as our time on earth is dwarfed by the length of our prior existence, as well as that afterwards. Because of the veil we don’t remember who we were or what we did before, but God does. Imagine if you had to decide for someone else what college they should apply to and what major to study without knowing anything about their education background, their high school career, their test scores, their interests, or their ability to pay for school. It would be a complete shot in the dark. This life is just the same; we know nothing about who we were in the premortal life and even little about ourselves now, but God knows all our talents and abilities, our accomplishments, and our strengths and weaknesses. He knows exactly where to put us so we will learn and grow the most. He is the best counselor you could ask for. Why would we want to divert from His plan for us when he knows us perfectly?

I am grateful that God knows us so well and provides us with personal revelation through the Holy Ghost so we can learn things for ourselves. Whenever you have a question, study the scriptures, pray, and fast to find the answer. There is no one set way in which Heavenly Father will answer you, but He always does.

14 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast inquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.

 15 Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth;

D&C 8:14-15. Peace out, have a good week.


Author: Elder Patrick Watts

I am serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission.

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