Alice in Wonderland: Agency
We are all familiar with the whimsical adventure that Alice experiences in Wonderland. One scene from the movie in particular teaches us a powerful lesson about agency and our responsibility to choose.
President Thomas S. Monson related this part of the story in his closing remarks of the April 2016 General Conference:
“You will remember that [Alice] comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. As she contemplates which way to turn, she is confronted by the Cheshire Cat, of whom Alice asks, ‘Which path shall I follow?’
“The cat answers, ‘That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.’
“Unlike Alice, we know where we want to go, and it does matter which way we go, for the path we follow in this life leads to our destination in the next life.
“May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowhere. With it, we can accomplish our goals.”
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Like Wonderland, the mortal world we find ourselves in is sometimes a crazy, overwhelming place to be. But we don’t have to wander through this world without any guidance or direction. God has given us His gospel, the commandments, and direction from living prophets to help us know which path to take. As we focus on the plan of salvation and our ultimate goal of returning to live in Heavenly Father’s presence, we will be empowered to make righteous choices in our day to day lives.
Ultimately, it is up to us to choose where we will go and who we will be. May we remember President Monson’s counsel, “As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that choice—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.”