Accountability this Easter Season

Hello everyone!

What a crazy busy week it has been! I hope you all enjoyed your Easter holiday! Better yet, I hope you had the opportunity to take time and reflect on what Easter really means (If not, read towards the end of this post). So much has happened this week that I can hardly remember it… But I can remember just enough to learn from those everyday miracles that continue to mould and change me into the person I need to become.

This week, my companion and I had the privilege to travel nearly every day of the week to various parts of the mission to give training to missionaries. We travelled to Manchester, to Liverpool, to Chorley, and to Wales. We were training on the principle of accountability. Before this week, I do not think I understood this principle the way I should have. But after training on it for 4 consecutive days, I have learned much about not only what accountability is, but how it relates to each of us, especially in this Easter season.

Accountability in one word could be shortened to responsibility. Responsibility for what? For our actions. Well, each of us acts every day and with those actions there are unavoidable results that we call consequences. Consequences are always inevitably linked to our choices. Consequences may be good or bad. If we choose and act good, the consequences are good. If we choose and act bad, the consequences are bad. We are then responsible or accountable for both our actions, and the consequences of our actions. In a very real sense, we choose our consequences when we choose our actions.

Nephi explained this well when he said, “Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh… And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil…”

How does this apply to you and to me? It applies in that we can choose eternal happiness or we can choose eternal sadness. We make this choice through everyday actions. Through simple decisions here, and simple decisions there. Because we are responsible for our own actions, we must learn how to control our actions. The irony of this, however, is that we can not control ourselves through ourselves. We need help. That help is through Jesus Christ. We access His help as we learn about Him and speak to the Father of Him. We access His help as we learn how to review and repent our days and as we learn to take greater responsibility for our actions. As we do so, we show to God that we are trustworthy and that we desire to be more worthy of His help. In this Easter season, I urge each of you to remember what it is we are to remember about the Saviour. I urge you to seek the true reason for the season. As you do, you will become more of the person you hope to become, and you will be happy.

I love you all! Have a good week!

Elder Walker

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