Agency


(#1-AMD) “Why has your moral agency been given to you? Only to live a pleasurable life and to make choices to do the things you want to do? Or is there a more fundamental reason—to be able to make the choices that will lead you to fully implement your purpose for being here on earth and to establish priorities in your life that will assure the development and happiness the Lord wants you to receive.” "First Things First" by Richard G Scott, April 2001 General Conference  http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2001/04/first-things-first?lang=eng
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(#2-AMD) “Even though we counsel with others, we must take the responsibility for our actions. Some try to go through life without making their own decisions and blame others when all does not go as well as expected.”  "Making Righteous Decisions at the Crossroads of Life" by Robert D Hales October 1988 General Conference http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1988/10/making-righteous-choices-at-the-crossroads-of-life?lang=eng

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(#3-AMD) “The first gift that Adam and Eve received was agency: ‘Thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee’ (Moses 3:17). You have that same agency. Use it wisely to deny acting on any impure impulse or unholy temptation that may come into your mind. Just do not go there, and if you are already there, come back out of it. ‘Deny yourselves of all ungodliness’ (Moroni 10:32).”  "How to Survive in Enemy Territory" by Boyd K. Packer http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/seminary-centennial-broadcast/2012/02/how-to-survive-in-enemy-territory?lang=eng

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(#4-AMD) “Agency used righteously allows light to dispel the darkness and enables us to live with joy and happiness.” "To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessing of Agency" by Robert D. Hales
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(#5-AMD) “We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God—and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes, or secular philosophies.”  "We Believe in Being Chaste" by David A. Bednar April 2013 General Conference  http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/we-believe-in-being-chaste?lang=eng
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(#6-AMD) “Accountability is the natural product of agency and is the basis of the plan of life. We are responsible for our own actions and accountable to God for what we choose to do with our lives. Life is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift to him.” "Agency and Accountability" by Elaine Cannon October 1983 General Conference https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1983/10/agency-and-accountability?lang=eng
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(#7-AMD) “You are to do the choosing here and now during this exciting and wonderful time on earth. Moral agency, the freedom to choose, is certainly one of God’s greatest gifts next to life itself. We have the honorable right to choose; therefore, we need to choose the right. This is not always easy.” "Your Right to Choose the Right" by Dieter F. Uchtdorf August 2005 "New Era" http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=024644f8f206c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=041c6e11057fb010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1
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(#8-AMD) “When we stand at the crossroads of life and must make a decision whether to go to the great and spacious building of the world’s ways or to walk the straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life, we must realize that we cannot travel both roads although sometimes we try.” "Making Righteous Choices at the Crossroads of Life" by Elder Robert D Hales, Oct 2008 http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1988/10/making-righteous-choices-at-the-crossroads-of-life?lang=eng
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(#9-AMD) “The forces of good are clearly and continually under attack. There are times when it seems the world is almost drowning in a flood of filth and degradation. And I want to cry out, “Hold on! Hold on to what is right and true. Therein is safety. Don’t let yourself be swept away.” "Hold Fast to the Iron Rod" by President Spencer W Kimball
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(#10-AMD)“One who exercises free agency by faith grows from challenges, is purified by sorrow, and lives at peace. In contrast, one who frantically seeks to satisfy appetite and worldly desire is driven in a downward spiral to tragic depths. Temptation is the motivating influence in his exercise of free agency.” "The Plan for Happiness and Exaltation" by Elder Richard G Scott  http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1981/10/the-plan-for-happiness-and-exaltation?lang=eng
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(#1-JTD) “We must choose with our agency to obey in faith that the promised blessing will come, that the promise is true because it comes from God.” "Spritual Preparedness: Start Early and be Steady" by Henry B. Eyring October 2005 General Conference http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/10/spiritual-preparedness-start-early-and-be-steady?lang=eng
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(#2-JTD) “Ironically, those engaged in such a lemming-like march to the sea are often proud of their own individualism! Advice is seen as an insult, and counsel as a contraction of their agency.” "Lessons from Laman and Lemuel" by Neal A. Maxwell October 1999 General Conference http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1999/10/lessons-from-laman-and-lemuel?lang=eng


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(#3-JTD) “If pain and sorrow and total punishment immediately followed the doing of evil, no soul would repeat a misdeed. If joy and peace and rewards were instantaneously given the doer of good, there could be no evil–all would do good and not because of the rightness of doing good. There would be no test of strength, no development of character, no growth of powers, no free agency. . . . There would also be an absence of joy, success, resurrection, eternal life, and godhood.” "Personal Testimony" by Spencer W. Kimball Teachings of Presidents of the Church http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=da135f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=10c9862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&hideNav=1&contentLocale=0
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(#4-JTD) “By virtue of this agency you and I and all mankind are made responsible beings, responsible for the course we pursue, the lives we live, the deeds we do.” "Choose You This Day" by Thomas S. Monson October 2004 General Conference http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2004/10/choose-you-this-day?lang=eng
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(#5-JTD) “He does lie at our door, as the scriptures say, and he follows us each day.Every time we go out, every decision we make, we are either choosing to move in his direction or in the direction of our Savior.” "To Act For Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency" by Robert D. Hales April 2006 General Conference http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/04/to-act-for-ourselves-the-gift-and-blessings-of-agency?lang=eng
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(#6-JTD) “One who exercises free agency by faith grows from challenges, is purified by sorrow, and lives at peace. In contrast, one who frantically seeks to satisfy appetite and worldly desire is driven in a downward spiral to tragic depths. Temptation is the motivating influence in his exercise of free agency.” "The Plan for Happiness and Exaltation" by Richard G. Scott General Conference October 1981 http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1981/10/the-plan-for-happiness-and-exaltation?lang=eng
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(#7-JTD) “One who exercises free agency by faith grows from challenges, is purified by sorrow, and lives at peace. In contrast, one who frantically seeks to satisfy appetite and worldly desire is driven in a downward spiral to tragic depths. Temptation is the motivating influence in his exercise of free agency.” "The Plan for Happiness and Exaltation" by Richard G. Scott General Conference October 1981 http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1981/10/the-plan-for-happiness-and-exaltation?lang=eng
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(#8-JTD) “Addiction has the capacity to disconnect the human will and nullify moral agency. It can rob one of the power to decide. Agency is too fundamental a doctrine to be left in such jeopardy.” "Revelation in a Changing World" by Boyd K. Packer General Conference October 1989 http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1989/10/revelation-in-a-changing-world?lang=eng
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(#9-JTD) “As we yield our will to His, God will tutor us in the successful use of our moral agency. We will find freedom to be, to feel, and to do.” "Allegiance to God" By Elder D. Todd Christofferson Ensign January 2005 http://www.lds.org/ensign/2005/01/allegiance-to-god?lang=eng
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(#10-JTD)  “Whether a man remains satisfied within what we designate the animal world, satisfied with what the animal world will give him, yielding without effort to the whim of his appetites and passions and slipping farther and farther into the realm of indulgence, or whether, through self-mastery, he rises toward intellectual, moral, and spiritual enjoyments depends upon the kind of choice he makes every day, nay, every hour of his life.“ Chapter 2: The Dual Nature of Man from The Teachings of David O. Mckay by David O. Mckay 2011 https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-david-o-mckay/chapter-2?lang=eng
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