The Freedom to Choose

Daily Message – January 21st, 2015

I encourage you to spend some time thinking about this quote from President Ezra Taft Benson. Every choice you make matters. Every choice you make affects you and others close to you.  God intended it to be this way so that we could have the freedom to choose our course in life.  Choose well.

“Your Father in heaven is mindful of you. He has given you commandments to guide you, to discipline you. He has also given you your agency—freedom of choice—“to see if [you] will do all things whatsoever [He] shall command.” (Abr. 3:25.) His kingdom here on earth is well organized, and your leaders are dedicated to helping you. May you know that you have our constant love, our concern, and prayers.

Satan is also mindful of you. He is committed to your destruction. He does not discipline you with commandments, but offers instead a freedom to “do your own thing.” … Satan’s program is “play now and pay later.” He seeks for all to be miserable like unto himself [see 2 Nephi 2:27]. The Lord’s program is happiness now and joy forever through gospel living.

We are free to choose, but we are not free to alter the consequences of those choices.”

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