The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 2 Nephi 2:27

"Moral agency in the face of difficult choices was not for Adam and Eve alone (Moses 7:32; D&C 101:78). There are blessings if we choose aright and penalties if we choose wrongly. Therefore, attempting to stand between friends and the consequences of their wrong choices is not realistic; it is not nearly as useful as being lovingly at their sides before and when choices are being made. Men and women really are 'free to choose' (2 Nephi 2:27), and we cannot and should not try to have it otherwise." — Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1986], p. 130

"We should never abandon the quest for a better self. But neither should we allow ourselves to become immobilized, thinking we are nobody. One of Satan's greatest tools is to convince us that we are worth nothing, to lead us to deny our divine heritage. He would have us 'be miserable like unto himself.' (2 Nephi 2:27.) It is stabilizing to be able to say, 'This is who I am, and I am happy to live with me.'" — Elaine L. Jack, "Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 106

"The Lord has given us the gift of agency (see Moses 7:32) and instructed us sufficiently to know good from evil (see 2 Nephi 2:5). We are free to choose (see 2 Nephi 2:27) and are permitted to act (see 2 Nephi 10:23; Helaman 14:30), but we are not free to choose the consequences. With absolute certainty, choices of good and right lead to happiness and peace, while choices of sin and evil eventually lead to unhappiness, sorrow, and misery." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 152

"Men may choose the right or they may choose the wrong; they may walk in darkness or they may walk in the light; and, mind you, God has not left his children without the light. He has given them in the various dispensations of the world the light of the gospel wherein they could walk and not stumble, wherein they could find that peace and happiness which he desires, as a loving Father, his children should enjoy, but the Lord does not take from them their free agency." — David O. McKay, "Gospel Ideals: Selections from the Discourses of David O. McKay," [Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1953], p. 301

"Next to life itself, free agency is God's greatest gift to mankind, providing thereby the greatest opportunity for the children of God to advance in this second estate of mortality." — Harold B. Lee, "Stand Ye in Holy Places," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], p. 235

Temptations are ever present. Because the adversary cannot beget life, he is jealous toward all who have that supernal power. He and those who followed him were cast out and forfeited the right to a mortal body. “He seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:27). He will tempt, if he can, to degrade, to corrupt, and, if possible, to destroy this gift by which we may, if we are worthy, have eternal increase (see D&C 132:28–31). –
Boyd K. Packer, “The Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) May 2015

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