Free to Act for Ourselves and Not to be Acted Upon

A Way of Life, Boyd K. Packer

Lehi taught that men are free and must be “free … to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day.” 6

The old saying “The Lord is voting for me, and Lucifer is voting against me, but it is my vote that counts” describes a doctrinal certainty that our agency is more powerful than the adversary’s will. Agency is precious. We can foolishly, blindly give it away, but it cannot be forcibly taken from us.

There is also an age-old excuse: “The devil made me do it.” Not so! He can deceive you and mislead you, but he does not have the power to force you or anyone else to transgress or to keep you in transgression.


Source:  Boyd K. Packer’s October 2010 General Conference address, Cleansing the Inner Vessel. Boyd K. Packer is President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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