To buy a new house in Temple View the Church requires that you surrender your agency.
But like so many other things in life, why should I care? I am not buying a house in Temple View.
And that is the very same excuse that the Pharisees used as they hurried by the beaten traveler.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that opposition plays an essential role in Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation.
Mortal life, he said, offers God’s children the experiences needed to progress to perfection and realize the glories of eternal life. Progression comes by being tested to demonstrate one’s commitment to keep God’s commandments.
“To be tested we must have the agency to choose between alternatives,” he said, explaining that opposition is essential to provide such alternatives.
The scriptures teach that opposition allows for men and women to exercise agency and act for themselves. It was through opposition in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve made the choice that introduced mortality.
From the beginning, agency and opposition were central to Heavenly Father’s plan and to Satan’s rebellions against it, Elder Oaks said. Satan sought to destroy agency, redeem all mankind and claim the honor for himself.
“Satan’s proposal would have ensured perfect equality: It would ‘redeem all mankind, that not one soul would be lost,’ ” he said. “There would be no agency or choice by anyone, and therefore no need for opposition. There would be no test, no failure, and no success. There would be no growth to attain the purpose the Father desired for His children.”
Satan’s opposition would result in a war in heaven in which all but a third of God’s children earned the right to mortal life by choosing the Father’s plan and rejecting Satan.
“It is opposition that enables choice, and it is the opportunity of making the right choices that leads to the growth that is the purpose of the Father’s plan,” he said.