How Agency Can Change Your Life


Torsten König, “I Chose Not to Drink,” Liahona, June 2010

“We all have the right to make our own decisions. Heavenly Father gave us the Word of Wisdom to help us keep our bodies holy, but each of us must choose whether to live His law of health because He also gave us our moral agency.”

Name withheld, “My Garden Dream,” Liahona, March 2010

“Growing up in a faithful, active Latter-day Saint family, I never thought that one day a child of mine would leave the Church.”

Craig A. Cardon, “Choosing Liberty and Eternal Life,” Liahona, Feb. 2008

“Our Father’s plan of happiness incorporates the exercise of agency, but it also, of necessity, incorporates accountability and judgment.”

James E. Faust, “Choices,” Liahona, May 2004

“We do not choose wisely if we use our agency in opposition to God’s will or to priesthood counsel. Tomorrow’s blessings and opportunities depend on the choices we make today.”

Patience O., “Standards: A Burden or a Blessing?” Liahona, Dec. 2010

“Those who say Church standards are restrictions probably know some Church members who carry the standards as a burden, not as an advantage in life. If you want your friends to know that your standards make you free from addictions, then live a happy life and try to show the joy you have through a healthy body, mind, and heart. We teach by example, not by words only. Show them the blessings of standards by the way you use your agency for good things.”

Julio Cesar Merlos, “Unforgettable Family Home Evenings,” Liahona, Sept. 2006

“One of my father’s family home evening lessons really made an impression on me. That was the time he taught us about agency.”

Greg Burgoyne, “Surfing the No-Swim Zone,” Liahona, Aug. 2006

“On a recent trip to Hermanus, South Africa, I learned the importance of agency.”