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Agency

1. Lucifer in clever ways manipulates our choices, deceiving us about sin and consequences. He,
and his angels with him, tempt us to be unworthy, even wicked. But he cannot, in all eternity he
cannot, with all his power he cannot completely destroy us; not without our own consent. Had
agency come to man without the Atonement, it would have been a fatal gift. Boyd K. Packer
2. But this we know! It was all planned before the world was. Events from the Creation to the final,
winding-up scene are not based on chance; they are based on choice! It was planned that way.
-Boyd K. Packer
3. 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. Richard G. Scott
4. Satan is extremely good at blocking spiritual communication by inducing individuals, through
temptation, to violate the laws upon which spiritual communication is founded. With some, he
is able to convince them that they are not able to receive such guidance from the Lord.
Richard G. Scott
5. We have been given agency, we have been given the blessings of the priesthood, and we have
been given the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost for a reason. That reason is our growth and
happiness in this world and eternal life in the world to come. Robert D. Hales
6. In these latter days, as in the times of old, we must avoid being acted upon by acting for
ourselves to avoid evil. The Holy Ghost will prompt us. Robert D. Hales
7. Satan has not ceased his efforts to destroy the agency of man. He promotes conduct and
choices that limit our freedom to choose by replacing the influence of the Holy Spirit with his
own domination. D. Todd Christofferson
8. We have reviewed the elements of moral agency and its divine origins, but we need to always
remember that agency would have no meaning without the vital contribution of Jesus Christ. His
central role began with His support of the Fathers plan and His willingness to become the
essential Savior under that plan. D. Todd Christofferson
9. Though He was in all points tempted like as we are,

with every choice and every action He
exercised the agency to be our Saviorto break the chains of sin and death for us. And by His
perfect life, He taught us that when we choose to do the will of our Heavenly Father, our agency
is preserved, our opportunities increase, and we progress. Robert D. Hales
10. As we understand the challenge of repenting, we appreciate the blessings of the Holy Ghost to
guide our agency and Heavenly Father, who gives us commandments and strengthens and
sustains us in keeping them. We also understand how obedience to the commandments
ultimately protects our agency. Robert D. Hales
Position Statement: I believe the Lord gave us our Agency so we could prove we are worthy to live with
him again.