The baptism with Alex was wonderful. We've truly been seeing SO many miracles this week and staying SO busy. I wish I had time to share all of them with you.
I have been thinking a lot about freedom lately. In D&C 121 it says that "when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn." It goes on to say that we are "left unto [our self]." In the Book of Mormon (Helaman 6), at one point, the Nephites "had become exceedingly wicked; yea, the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness, and didtrample under their feet the commandments of God, and did turn unto their own ways."
Although the words they use about turning to our "own" ways and being left to our "self" sounds like freedom and independence, it isn't freedom for our souls. When we are complacent and just do whatever we want, whenever we want, Satan then has power to take hold of our hearts and lead us to be unhappy.
The ONLY thing that we have that God doesn't is our individual will. Our agency. Through the world's eyes it's hard to see why giving that up and doing what GOD wants for us is liberating. King Benjamin explained it pretty well, in my opinion (Mosiah 5:6-8):