Lesson Ideas for Children, Youth, and Adults


Chapter 4: “Freedom to Choose,” Gospel Principles Manual

This chapter gives a basic overview of the principle of agency.

Chapter 22: “Agency and Responsibility,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay

“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.”

Chapter 15: “Agency and Accountability,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor

“[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.”

Chapter 11: “Choosing to Walk in Obedience,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young

We have agency to choose good or evil, but we cannot choose the consequences of our choices.

Chapter 32: “Liberty through Obedience,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith

“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 4: “I Have the Ability and Freedom to Choose,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

“Each young man will understand that he is a spirit son of God, that he wisely exercised his agency and agreed to his accountability in the premortal existence, and that he was foreordained to the priesthood.”

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.”

Lesson 28: “Agency,” Young Women Manual 2

“Explain that agency is the right to make choices and govern our lives. We possessed this right in our premortal existence. Before we came to this earth, our Heavenly Father presented a plan to his children.”

Lesson 4: “I Have the Ability and Freedom to Choose,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

“Each young man will understand that he is a spirit son of God, that he wisely exercised his agency and agreed to his accountability in the premortal existence, and that he was foreordained to the priesthood.”

Lesson 2: “Agency and Accountability,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B

“The purpose of this lesson is to help us better understand the eternal significance of agency and the fact that we are accountable for the choices we make.”

Lesson 2: “Agency: The Power to Choose," Preparing for Exaltation: Teacher’s Manual

“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.”