"It is important to rise above rationalizations and make the best choices."
"The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become."
"We cannot foresee what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions every day with our future in mind."
"Discernment is so much more than recognizing right from wrong. It helps us distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant, the important from the unimportant, and the necessary from that which is merely nice."
"Each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny."
"A strong human spirit with control over appetites of the flesh is master over emotions and passions and not a slave to them. That kind of freedom is as vital to the spirit as oxygen is to the body! Freedom from self-slavery is true liberation!"
"We cannot force God’s children to choose the way to happiness. God cannot do that because of the agency He has given us."
"The choice is yours, and the choice is mine, remembering that our choices, our decisions, determine our destiny. God will guide you in your determination to serve Him and keep His commandments as you listen, as you learn, as you labor, and as you love."
"The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity."
"The feeling of love from our Heavenly Father is like a gravitational pull from heaven. As we remove the distractions that pull us toward the world and exercise our agency to seek Him, we open our hearts to a celestial force which draws us to Him. Nephi described its impact as ‘even unto the consuming of [his] flesh’ (2 Nephi 4:21). This same power caused Alma to sing a ‘song of redeeming love’ (Alma 5:26; see also Alma 5:9). It touched Mormon in such a way that he counseled us ‘to pray … with all the energy of our heart,’ that we might be filled with His love (Moroni 7:48)."