Words Are My Tool of Choice

If you didn’t know already, I’m a verbal person. What I can’t get out in audible words, I type or write. The process of thinking it out—processing what I feel, believe and want—and then committing it to written or spoken language is my evidence, my proof of what I know.

That testimony, if you will, identifies the sum of all my reasoning and thought. It’s what I use not only as my source of action but also my source of emotion.

In a nutshell, that’s how I reorient my thoughts when they feel negative and unproductive. It’s also what I draw upon when I doubt why I chose a particular course. So, you see, there is power in not only giving my words to others, but in expressing them for myself.

The Lord will not force you to learn.
You must exercise your agency for the Spirit to teach you.

Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made this statement when he taught in LDS General Conference how he learns from his process of writing down his thoughts, counseling with the Lord about what he was given and writing more to build upon those thoughts.

Agency, the power to act for ourselves and not be acted upon, is a principle of discussion in our seminary class this week. I realized how much I value speaking and writing as a tool to exercise my agency.

A leader of young women once called prayer a daily opportunity to testify to God about the things she knew were true. Likewise, my chance to testify of gospel truths every day to my students invites me to verbalize, and therefore retain, what I already know.

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