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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Behold, Here is the Agency of Man

Taught by Kevin Packard


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 1 p.m. Austin 105
Kevin Packard

Kevin Packard


Kevin L. Packard is a member of the Accounting faculty at BYU-Idaho. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Utah, he has worked in various companies in positions such as tax manager, treasurer, and chief financial officer. For the past 13 years, he has taught courses in introductory, intermediate, and advanced accounting. He also teaches a Book of Mormon class.

Packard has served the Church in various positions including as a missionary in the Texas Houston Mission, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, and in the Young Men organization. Currently, he serves in the Rexburg Temple and as the Assistant Area Auditor for the sixteen stakes located within the Rexburg Coordinating Council.

Packard and his wife, Lori, are the parents of six children and six grandchildren. He enjoys reading, writing, gardening, fly-fishing, and spending time with his family.

Class Outline

Agency is created when one person (the agent) is authorized to act for another person (the principal) within prescribed limits, in exchange for just compensation. The agency created is thereafter exercised when the authorized agent independently acts for the benefit of the principal within those limits. In this class, we will review and discuss the scriptural support that our God-given agency is the capacity to independently act for the benefit of God in that sphere in which He has placed us.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Lessons we can learn from servitude in ancient Israel.
  2. Agency is a dynamic doctrine that is largely misunderstood today.
  3. Truth and intelligence are independent in that sphere in which God has placed them, to act for themselves; otherwise, there is no existence. Imbedded in this doctrine is the "agency of man."
  4. The sphere in which God has placed all truth and intelligence to act is "the word of God."
  5. The agency of man is to independently act within "the word of God."
  6. The Garden of Eden is a small-scale simulation of the agency of man.
  7. Lehi teaches that man is free to act according to the commandments (the sphere) God has given him.
  8. How does satan seek to destroy the agency of man?
  9. Illustration of the concepts.
  10. What difference does it make to me?

Works Referenced:

  1. Anonymous. (1985). Know This, That Every Soul is Free. Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  2. Benson, E. T. (1986, May). To the "Youth of the Noble Birthright". Ensign , pp. 43-45.
  3. Clark, J. R. (1971). Messages of the first presidency (Vol. 5). Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.
  4. Mann, H. (1859). Baccalaureate Address of 1859.
  5. McConkie, B. R. (1985). A New Witness for the Articles of Faith. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company.
  6. McConkie, J. F. (2004). Understanding the Power God Gives Us: What Agency Really Means. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company.
  7. Nibley, H. W. (1993). Teachings of the Book of Mormon--Semester 4: Transcripts of Lectures Presented to a Honors Book of Mormon Class at Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies.
  8. Nyman, M. S., & Tate, J. C. (Eds.). (1990). The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy (Vol. 4). Provo, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center.
  9. Oaks, D. H. (1988). Pure in Heart. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.
  10. Oaks, D. H. (2002). With Full Purpose of Heart. Salt Lake City, UT, United States: Deseret Book Company.
  11. Packer, B. K. (1988, May). Atonement Agency Accountability. Ensign , p. 69.
  12. Pratt, O. (2000). The Seer. Salt Lake City: EBorn Books.
  13. Romney, M. G. (1981, April). Principles of Temporal Salvation. Ensign , pp. 3-7.
  14. Romney, M. G. (1981, November). The Perfect Law of Liberty. Ensign , pp. 43-44.
  15. Smith, J. (1844, December 25). Times and Seasons , V.
  16. Smith, J. F. (1967, April 9). Conference Report , pp. 120-121.
  17. Smith, J. F. (1957-1966). Answers to Gospel Questions (Vol. 4). Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company.
  18. Smith, J. (1948-1950). History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, V. 5 (Vol. 5). (G. A. Smith, Ed.) Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company.
  19. Top, B. L. (1988). The Life Before. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft.
  20. Young, B. (1954). Discourses of Brigham Young. (J. A. Widtsoe, Ed.) Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company.
  21. Young, B. (1854-1886). Journal of Discourses (Vol. 21). Liverpool, London, England: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot.

Scriptures Referenced:

  1. JST Exodus 21:2-6
  2. Moroni 6:4; compare D&C 20:37 and 1 Corinthians 7:22-23.
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:16-21
  4. Exodus 29:33
  5. D&C 46:4
  6. D&C 107:99
  7. D&C 93:31; compare D&C 101:78, D&C 29:36-39, Moses 4:3, and Moses 7:32
  8. D&C 93:30
  9. Alma 12:31
  10. 2 Nephi 2:13-16
  11. 2 Nephi 2:26-28, and 2 Nephi 10:24
  12. D&C 84:45.
  13. D&C 53:4; D&C 57:6; D&C63:45; D&C 64:18; D&C 64:29
  14. Moses 1:4
  15. 2 Nephi 28:30
  16. Alma 12:9-11
  17. D&C 93:37
  18. D&C 93:39
  19. Abraham 3:18-19
  20. D&C 130:18
  21. Alma 12:11
  22. D&C 131:6
  23. Moses 4:3
  24. 2 Nephi 2:21
  25. Helaman 14:30
  26. 1 John 3:4
  27. Helaman 5:10
  28. D&C 130:18-19; compare Alma 13:1-5; Abraham 3:21-23; and D&C 138:55-56
  29. D&C 59:4
  30. Jeremiah 19:9, particularly footnote c
  31. Moses 5:4
  32. Moses 7:36
  33. D&C 88:66
  34. Moses 5:6
  35. D&C 1:38; compare Moses 6:1
  36. D&C 84:60
  37. Moses 5:9, 14.
  38. Revelation 19:13
  39. D&C 84:44
  40. JST John 1:14
  41. 2 Nephi 2:15-16
  42. D&C 29:39
  43. Moroni 7:12; compare Alma 5:40
  44. D&C 88:15; 2 Nephi 9:13; D&C 138:43; Moses 3:5, 7, 9. D&C 88:27; compare D&C 29:30-32