quotes tagged with 'decision'

A knowledge of good and evil is the third element of agency. The first is choice, which is obtained by having two or more options. The second is freedom, which is obtained by having different results from the options. Agency is having choice with freedom as is provided by different results, and then having a knowledge of those results.

Author: Greg Wright, Source: Satan's War on Free Agency, p. 33Saved by cboyack in freedom agency choice knowledge consequences decision 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Some people perceive laws to be restrictive. However, laws do not restrict. They simply designate what is good and evil; what is permitted and not permitted; what is legal and illegal; what is possible and impossible. Laws attach consequences to decisions. Without laws, different decisions could not result in different consquences, resulting in no freedom. If a man insists that some laws restrict him, then he must also admit that other laws enable him. All things that are invented or created are accomplished only because laws make them possible. All things are goverrned and accomplished by laws, whether physical, social, or spiritual. Freedom, therefore, cannot be a place or condition without law. The fact is laws do not limit freedom. Laws actualy make possible the condition of freedom. It is law that makes us free: "I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free".

Author: Greg Wright, Source: Satan's War on Free Agency, p. 10Saved by cboyack in freedom agency law consequence decision 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

"Now we see coming into focus the responsibility to choose, that inevitable crisis at the crossroads of life. He who would lead you down waits patiently for a dark night, a wavering will, a confused conscience, a mixed-up mind. Are you prepared to make the decisions at the crossroads? I can't stress too strongly that decisions determine destiny. You can't make eternal decisions without eternal consequences."

Author: President Thomas S. Monson , Source: "CES Fireside for Young Adults", November 6, 2005 Saved by dyejo in destiny opposition choice decision eternal 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We do not go to Sabbath meetings to be entertained or even solely to be instructed. We go to worship the Lord. It is an individual responsibility, and regardless of what is said from the pulpit, if one wishes to worship the Lord in spirit and truth, he may do so by attending his meetings, partaking of the sacrament, and contemplating the beauties of the gospel. If the service is a failure to you, you have failed. No one can worship for you.

Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: “The Sabbath—A Delight,” Ensign, Jan. 1978, 4–5Saved by mlsscaress in self responsibility individual worship decision sacrament sabbath 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision.

Author: Neil Andersen, Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-4,00.ht...Saved by kevinmiller in faith depression decision treatingdepression 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It was ever thus. The price of leadership is loneliness. The price of adherence to conscience is loneliness. The price of adherence to principle is loneliness. I think it is inescapable. The Savior of the world was a Man who walked in loneliness. I do not know of any statement more underlined with the pathos of loneliness than His statement: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).


There is no lonelier picture in history than of the Savior upon the cross, alone, the Redeemer of mankind, the Savior of the world, bringing to pass the Atonement, the Son of God suffering for the sins of mankind. As I think of that, I reflect on a statement made by Channing Pollock:


Judas with his thirty pieces of silver was a failure. Christ on the cross was the greatest figure of time and eternity.

Author: Gordon B. Hinckley was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given on 4 November 1969., Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=11131Saved by mlsscaress in principle leadership conscience price position savior decision loneliness adherence 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigations of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant.

Author: Joseph Smith, Source: "Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith, " Juvenile Instructor, 15 Aug. 1892, 492Saved by cboyack in neutrality opposition polarization decision kingdomofgod 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

At the first organization in heaven we were all present and saw the Savior chosen and appointed and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it.

Author: Joseph Smith, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=da135f74db46c0...Saved by mlsscaress in agency salvation savior decision plan premortal binding sanction 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
"In selecting a companion for life and for eternity," said President Spencer W. Kimball, "certainly the most careful planning and thinking and praying and fasting should be done to be sure that, of all the decisions, this one must not be wrong. In true marriage there must be a union of minds as well as of hearts. Emotions must not wholly determine decisions, but the mind and the heart, strengthened by fasting and prayer and serious consideration, will give one a maximum chance of marital happiness"
Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: http://www.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Devotionals/2002...Saved by mlsscaress in mind love heart marriage union prayer decision fast emotion chance 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It should be obvious to you that the Lord is describing a love here that deals with behavior on all 14 points. And behavior isn't something you fall into or out of. Behavior is very definitely something you control and decide. Agency is obviously involved here.

We also know that any commandment by God involves agency. We can obey or disobey, but there is always a choice. When the Lord uses the command form of the verb love in "Thou shalt love thy wife with all they heart, and shall cleave unto her and none else" (D&C 42:22), He is not leaving this love in Cupid's hands. His commandment is a directive, not to the heart, but with the heart, and to the mind with an expectation of thought, reasoning, decision making and obedience--you can't fall out of love if it's a commandment to stay in love.
Author: Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Source: http://www.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Devotionals/2002...Saved by mlsscaress in agency behavior love commandment decision cleave directive 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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