“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
“Acting on even a twig of faith allows God to grow it. . . You receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”
– Henry B. Eyring, “Mountains To Climb”, General Conference Apr. 2012
“Do my actions place me in the Lords or the enemies territories? The light of Christ and the Holy Ghost will hep us determine this. . . If our attitudes are good they are of Christ, but if they are bad it is of Satan.”
-Ulisses Soares, General Conference April
“You cannot exercise agency and escape accountability and responsibility for each choice.”
– Russel M. Nelson, “Personal Priesthood Responsibility”, General Conference Oct. 2003
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
By ‘moral discipline,” I mean self-discipline based on moral standards. Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard. It rejects the self-absorbed life in favor of developing character worthy of respect and true greatness through Christlike service.
-D. Todd Christofferson “Moral Discipline” April 2009
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
“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
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
“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”, Apr. 1988
“‘Nevertheless not my will, but thin, be done,’ and then He exercised His agency to suffer for our sins. Through the humiliation of a public trial and the agony of crucifixion, he waited upon His Father, willing to be ‘wounded for our transgressions.. and bruised for our iniquities.’ Even as He cried out, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ He waited upon His Father–exercising His agency to forgive His enemies, see that His mother was watched over, and endure to the end until his life and mortal mission were finished.”
-Robert D. Hales, “Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done”, Oct. 2011