This chapter gives a basic overview of the principle of agency.
“Free agency is the impelling source of the soul’s progress. It is the purpose of the Lord that man become like him. In order for man to achieve this it was necessary for the Creator first to make him free.”
“[God] has given us the ability to choose the good and refuse the evil. We can work iniquity or righteousness, just as we please; and the Devil has taken advantage of this, and tried to surround men’s minds with such influences as would bring about their ruin, that he might lead them captive at his will.”
We have agency to choose good or evil, but we cannot choose the consequences of our choices.
“God has given to all men an agency and has granted to us the privilege to serve him or serve him not, to do that which is right or that which is wrong, and this privilege is given to all men irrespective of creed, color or condition.”
Chapter 20: “Agency: Choosing Life or Death," Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff
“Now is the time for us to choose between good and evil, for our actions bring consequences in this life and in the eternities.”
Lesson 28: “Agency: A Gift from God,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B
“The purpose of this lesson is to help us better understand the principle of agency and to teach us the importance of making wise choices.”
“Objective: To encourage class members to continue to use their agency wisely, as they did in the premortal life when they chose to follow Heavenly Father’s plan.”