While our neighbor was in the hospital, I walked his dog each day and considered the importance of leashes and commandments. Without a leash, this beautiful Alaskan Husky might dart dangerously into oncoming cars in her excitement to follow delightful scents. Yet if I pulled the leash too tightly, she was prevented from the opportunity to explore and learn. I thought about how my life might run if I had no commandments to follow. In my excitement to follow the delightful things of the world, I would dart into temptation and sure demise. I know that a loving Heavenly Father provided commandments to protect and guide His children with the exact balance: tension for protection, and slack for exploring and learning. It’s the principle of agency. As parents we struggle to get this balance right. Rules are necessary for protection, but we don’t want to cinch the leash so tightly that children can’t learn by experience and consequences. “There are three R’s of agency: the right of choice, the responsibility of choice, and the results of choice” (Thomas S. Monson). I am trying to learn to apply the proper use of agency and its attendant responsibilities to bring me closer to Christ.