The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Foreordination

"I believe that God Almighty reserved a certain class of men to carry on his word. They have been born into the world in this generation. I believe this was the case with Joseph Smith. I believe he was ordained to this work before he tabernacled in the flesh . He was a literal descendant of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and the Lord called him and ordained him. He gave unto him the keys of the kingdom. He received the record of the stick of Joseph from the hands of Ephraim, to stand with the Bible, the stick of Judah, in the last days as a power to gather the twelve tribes of Israel, before the coming of Shiloh, their king." — Wilford Woodruff, "Journal of Discourses," 22:206

"To fulfill the purpose of His omniscient design, our Heavenly Father foreordained certain valiant spirit children and assigned them to come to earth at specific times and places to fulfill their appointments. The greatest of these spirits He reserved to come as prophets and priesthood leaders in His kingdom. 'Every man,' said the Prophet Joseph Smith, 'who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of Heaven before this world was' (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 365)." — Ezra Taft Benson, "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson," p. 21

"Despite that calling which is spoken of in the scriptures as 'foreordination,' we have another inspired declaration: 'Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen' (D&C 121:34). This suggests that even though we have our free agency here, there are many who were foreordained before the world was to a greater state than they have prepared themselves for here. Even though they might have been among the noble and great, from among whom the Father declared He would make His chosen leaders, they may fail of that calling here in mortality." — Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," Bookcraft, p. 185

"Do not be deceived, brethren and sisters, and allow any such thought to enter into your hearts, that you are fated to be damned, that you are fated to commit sin, that you are fated to be surrounded by inextricable circumstances which break you down. There is no such doctrine in the Gospel of the Son of God. We have our free and unfettered agency...." — George Q. Cannon, April 7th, 1889

"Concerning this great and important principle, there are securely fastened the law of agency; the announcement to become; the pledge, or covenant and promise to seek and live for; but, which in and of the principle alone, are not compulsive or pre-destined. They provide the motivation as the most sure way for inner determined action to achieve the lofty reality sought for." — Alvin R. Dyer, "Who Am I?" Deseret Book Co., p. 383

"The Lord has told us, 'Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen' (D&C 121:34), and then in the same revelation points out two reasons why men fail of their blessings. The first reason he gives is that their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and the second is that they aspire so much to the honors of men. So then as Church members let us beware lest we set our hearts upon the things of this world and lest we aspire so much to the honors of men that we compromise our standards. If we do so, we will be cut off in the Day of Judgment and will lose our blessings. Our reward for daring to live the gospel despite the oppositions from the outside world will be to have blessings added upon our heads forever and forever." - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.167

“We have learned that the Lord has had in training, before they came into this world, tried and tested individuals, even as he revealed to Abraham, to be his leaders in the various dispensations—men whom he knew, prophets, statesmen, wise men, and leaders for all nations. I am convinced also that when our Father sent these leaders into the world he did not send them alone. He sent, in connection with them, hosts of other tried souls who would be helps to those who were selected of the Lord to be his leaders. I believe, therefore, that when the time came for the birth into the world of the chosen prophet, Joseph Smith, who was selected before he came into the world to be the prophet of this last dispensation, he did not come alone, but there came with him men and women like unto himself, tried souls. God knew them. He held them in reserve for ages, until this day should dawn.” - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” October 1920, Third Day—Morning Session, p. 77

… Many will lose sight of the goal of eternal life with God and Jesus Christ. Others will fall into deep canyons of doubt or be caught in the brush and thickets of sin and temptations of life. Some will fail to follow the compass directions of the Holy Ghost, prophets, scriptures, and priesthood leaders. But spiritual safety lies in relying absolutely on the foreknowledge of God and the plan of life and salvation that he has provided for us. - Gary J. Coleman, "O How Great the Plan of Our God!" Ensign, February 1996

There are few of us, if any, who don’t walk the refiner’s fire of adversity and despair, sometimes known to others but for many quietly hidden and privately endured. Most of the heartache, pain, and suffering we would not choose today. But we did choose. We chose when we could see the complete plan. We chose when we had a clear vision of the Savior’s rescue of us. And if our faith and understanding were as clear today as it was when we first made that choice, I believe we would choose again. - Richard C. Edgley, "For Thy Good," Ensign (CR) May 2002 

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