Chapter 4: We Are Free to Choose

"Chapter 4: We Are Free to Choose," Part One: Our Life in Heaven with God, ()


All of us make choices every day. Our Father in Heaven has given us the right to choose for ourselves. Why should we try to make good choices?

Our Father in Heaven Gives Us the Right to Choose

In heaven we were free to choose. We were free to follow Jesus or to follow Satan. Most of our Father in Heaven’s children chose to follow Jesus. The others chose to follow Satan. Our Father in Heaven allowed all His children to make their own choice.

Our Father in Heaven also allows us to choose for ourselves here on earth. When we came to earth, He caused us to forget our life with Him. We needed to learn to choose for ourselves when we were not with Him.

Discussion

  • How do you feel when you are forced to do something?

  • How do you feel when someone allows you to choose the things that you want to do?

Our Father in Heaven’s Plan Can Work Only If We Are Free to Choose

Part of our Father in Heaven’s plan was to send us to earth where there would be both good things and evil things. He wants us to choose what is good. Satan tries to persuade us to choose evil. We are free to choose between good and evil.

When we make right choices, we become more able to do the things our Father in Heaven wants us to do. As we do the things our Father in Heaven wants us to do, we become more like Him. We find out for ourselves the best choices to make. We understand better the things that make us happy and the things that make us sad.

If we could not choose for ourselves, we would not be able to become more like our Father in Heaven. We would not be able to learn for ourselves the best things to choose. We would not be able to show our Father in Heaven that we love Him and really want to follow Him.

Discussion

  • Why must we have the right to choose?

Choosing to Obey Our Father in Heaven Makes Us Happy

Right choices bring us good results; wrong choices bring us bad results. If we choose to obey our Father in Heaven, we will be happier and better people. If we choose not to obey Him, we will become sad and will not become better.

When we make the correct choices, we see that we are happier because of them. We learn that we should do more good things. When we see that choosing to do the right thing makes us happy, we want to make more correct choices. We desire more and more to be good. We can make correct choices more easily because we know the results will be good for us. We learn the things we need to know and do to become more like our Father in Heaven.

When we make wrong choices, we feel sorrow and shame. If we keep doing wrong things, Satan begins to have power over us. It becomes harder and harder to choose to do what is right. We stop trying to follow our Father in Heaven’s plan.

Discussion

  • Think of some choices you have made. What was the result of each choice?

  • How can you choose to be happy and to return to live with our Father in Heaven?

  • How does making a correct choice help you to make more correct choices?

  • How does choosing wrong things stop you from making good choices in the future?

Our Father in Heaven Will Help Us Make Good Choices

Our Father in Heaven wants us to make good choices so we can learn the things He knows, do the things He does, and have the things He has. He knows we will be happy and will be able to return to live with Him if we choose to do the right things.

Our Father in Heaven wants to help us make good choices. With His help, we can choose to do everything He has told us to do. When we ask Him, He will help us to resist Satan’s temptations. He will give us strength to choose what is right. He will help us to follow His plan and become more like Him.

Discussion

  • Why does our Father in Heaven want us to make good choices?

  • Will He ever force us to do what is right? Why?

References

Our Father in Heaven Gives Us the Right to Choose

Our Father in Heaven’s Plan Can Work Only If We Are Free to Choose

  • 2 Nephi 2:11 (For every good thing there is an evil thing to act against it.)

  • Alma 41:3–5 (If we do good, we will return to live with our Father in Heaven. If we do evil, we will be sad forever.)

  • 3 Nephi 27:14–15 (We will be judged according to what we choose to do.)

Choosing to Obey Our Father in Heaven Makes Us Happy

  • 2 Nephi 9:18 (Those who have believed in Jesus will have great joy.)

  • Mosiah 2:41 (Those who obey our Father in Heaven’s commandments are happy because they are blessed.)

Our Father in Heaven Will Help Us Make Good Choices

  • Psalm 5:12 (Our Father in Heaven will bless those who are good.)

  • Psalm 25:9 (Our Father in Heaven helps those who choose to do good.)

  • Romans 12:9 (We should do good things.)

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 (Our Father in Heaven will not permit temptations to be too strong for us to resist.)

  • Moroni 7:28 (Those who believe in Jesus want to do good.)