Agency



1). Agency allows us to be tested and tried to see whether or not we will endure to the end and return to our Heavenly Father with honor. … Agency permits us to make faithful, obedient choices that strengthen us so that we can lift and strengthen others.”
—Robert D. Hales, “To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency,” Ensign, May 2006, pg. 7–8.

2). “I can’t stress too strongly that decisions determine destiny. You can’t make eternal decisions without eternal consequences. May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which confront you. It’s easy to remember, sometimes difficult to apply: You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right. Your personal conscience always warns you as a friend before it punishes you as a judge.”
Thomas S. Monson, “Decisions Determine Destiny”, CES Fireside Nov. 6, 2005

3). “You cannot exercise agency and escape accountability and responsibility for each choice.”
Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Priesthood Responsibility”, General Conference Oct. 2003

4). “When the great war in Heaven was fought, Lucifer, the son of the morning, came forth with a plan that was rejected. The father of us all, with love for us, His children, offered a better plan under which we would have freedom to choose the course of our lives. His Firstborn Son, our Elder Brother, was the key to that plan. Man would have his agency, and with that agency would go accountability. Man would walk the ways of the world and sin and stumble. But the Son of God would take upon Himself flesh and offer Himself a sacrifice to atone for the sins of all men. Through unspeakable suffering He would become the great Redeemer, the Savior of all mankind.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Look to Christ” April 2002 General Conference

5). “… Sometimes the Lord reveals truth to you when you are not actively seeking it, such as when you are in danger and do not know it. However, the Lord will not force you to learn. You must exercise your agency to authorize the Spirit to teach you. As you make this a practice in your life, you will be more perceptive to the feelings that come with spiritual guidance. Then, when that guidance comes, sometimes when you least expect it, you will recognize it more easily.”
- Richard G. Scott, “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” October 2009 General Conference

6). “Agency–our power to choose-is fundamental to the gospel plan that brings us to earth. God does not intervene to forestall the consequences of some persons’ choices in order to protect the well-being of other persons- even when they kill, injure, or oppress one another-for this would destroy His plan for our eternal progress. He will bless us to endure the consequences of others’ choices, but He will not prevent those choices.”
- Dallin H. Oaks, “Love and Law,” October 2009 General Conference

7). “Those determined to transgress see any regulation of their life-style as interfering with their agency and seek to have their actions condoned by making them legal.”
– Boyd K. Packer, “Our Moral Environment,” April 1992 General Conference

8). “While there are many things you can do to help a loved one in need, there are some things that must be done by the Lord. Also, no enduring improvement can occur without righteous exercise of agency. Do not attempt to override agency. The Lord himself would not do that. Forced obedience yields no blessings.”
– Richard G. Scott, “To Help a Loved One in Need”, April 1988 General Conference

9). “As we walk the path of spiritual liberty in these last days, we must understand that the faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom. We already know that Satan does not want this freedom to be ours. He attempted to destroy moral agency in heaven, and now on earth he is fiercely undermining, opposing, and spreading confusion about religious freedom—what it is and why it is essential to our spiritual life and our very salvation.”
Robert D. Hales, “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” April 2015 General Conference

10). “The battle over man’s God-given agency continues today. Satan and his minions have their lures all around us, hoping that we will falter and take his flies so he can reel us in with counterfeit means. he uses addiction to steal away agency. According to the dictionary, addiction of any kind means to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependent on some life-destroying substance or behavior.”
– M. Russel Ballard “O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One” October 2010 General Conference

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