Called Unto Liberty, David O. McKay, 20th Century Sermons
Next to life, we express gratitude for the gift of free agency. When thou didst create man, thou placed within him part of thine Omnipotence and bade him choose for himself. Liberty and conscience thus became a sacred part of human nature. Freedom not only to think, but to speak and act, is a God-given privilege.
Source: David O. McKay, as quoted in Ezra Taft Benson’s 1969 book, “An Enemy Hath Done This,” p. 16-17. David O. McKay (1873–1970), served as Ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.