D. Todd Christofferson encourages BYU graduates to offer the kind of political leadership that preserves moral agency and accountability.
Expanding on the prophetic counsel of President Russell M. Nelson, Kevin J Worthen teaches how to choose our own destinies.
BYU implements a unique form of teaching centered around scholarship and faith that draws us closer to the Savior’s example.
BYU professor Gilbert W. Fellingham presents six rules for success in life from the perspective of a statistician and coach.
Elder James B. Martino discusses the power that agency brings to our lives. You alone can choose "whom ye will serve."
President Kevin J Worthen shares insights on how we should act despite outside influences, while sharing examples from the campus community.
Elder Rasband teaches about the the gift of agency. We are free to choose joy, to choose how we worship, and to choose to follow Jesus Christ.
Pam Musil gives five suggestions to help make permanent change a part of your life. Her knowledge of dance greatly influences her advice.
Elder Gong shares the lessons we have the opportunity to seek after now, so that in the future we can grow closer to Christ in understanding and love.
We are all enticed and tempted by our surroundings. It is through our agency that we respond to enticements in a way that helps us become more like Christ.
The doctrines of agency, accountability, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ lay the foundation for understanding the devastating issue of sexual assault.
Agency and accountability are paired principles. Being responsible for your actions leads to having control over your life.
Our choices have consequences. Satan tries to convince otherwise, but his plan only brings misery. God's plan brings lasting happiness.
When we choose to exercise our agency to learn, grow, and accomplish good in this world, our influence will naturally increase.
One great blessing we enjoy in this life is the blessing of choice—choosing the path our life will take and the type of person we want to become.
With our agency, we can choose to follow the Savior and experience joy and liberty or to follow Satan and experience misery and captivity.
By using our agency to follow Christ, we choose freedom and eternal life. With poor choices, we "paint ourselves into a corner," limiting freedom.
Science provides many answers to life's questions and the mysteries of the universe, but God also left uncertainty so we can depend on faith.
By using our God-given moral agency in the way that Jesus Christ exemplified, we don't become God's puppets—we become like Him.
Becoming decisive is part of our spiritual growing up. This growing up requires constant decision making. We must learn to be decisive, because indecision is no choice at all. If we fail to choose, we fail to act.
The abundant opportunities to choose the right that confront us in apparently small ways each day provide the choices that I am talking about. These are the choices that mold character and determine who, at the core, we really are.
I submit that a prerequisite for dealing in any way with adversaries is to love them. A wonderful side effect of living this principle is that it invites the Spirit to teach us how to handle the situation. Hatred and contempt are not consonant with the presence of the Spirit.
Though we are free to choose our actions, we must weigh them against eternal consequences. Agency is a gift from God and we must treasure it.
At times we will go through trials and need to be lifted up. Control, attitude, and faith in God's power will create wind beneath our wings.
In every season of our lives, we have choices to make. We must choose to come unto Christ, keep His commandments, and obey His voice.
Choose to keep God's commandments and stay out of Satan's territory. We are promised safety and peace on the Lord's side of the line.
An important discussion of controversial topics such as the family, abortion, choice, and diversity, in terms of earthly objectives and eternal goals.
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The atonement, along with our own agency and accountability, work together to comprise the essence of the Plan of Salvation.
Richard G. Scott implores listeners to resolutely decide to keep the Lord's standards and live so that the Holy Ghost can inspire all to do what is right.
Ruth E. Brasher, director of the BYU Honor Code Office, shares insights into the dangers of separating agency from accountability.
To "get a life," we must use our agency to love God and serve others. Then, no matter our circumstance, we can say "Life can't get any better than this."
I have spoken of rules or laws as essential elements in our decision to choose life. But they themselves are not the end we seek. They are the means for helping us to achieve it. The end is eternal life.
Christlike character is cultivated through our choices, not our circumstances or predispositions. We are always accountable for our actions.
God's plan includes agency, the freedom to choose. That cannot be taken away, but our freedom, or ability to act on our choices, can.
There is a balance to be found in life between looking to the Lord's hand in all things and using your God-given agency to guide you through life.
Your free agency is a gift from God and can save you from being tied down by procrastination, bad habits, and debilitating excuses.
In life's constant opportunities for giving and getting, let us be more concerned with giving. Nothing worth getting comes without effort and sacrifice.
Using the tagline, "spiritual is as spiritual does," Mary Ellen Edmunds reminds us that spirituality is determined by the steps we take to develop it.
The gift of agency is central to the Plan of Salvation. Using our agency to follow God's commandments gives us true independence and power over our destiny.
Our light will shine and we will influence the world for good as we respect the agency of others and have pure intentions.
God desires all His children to return to Him, but the conflict of life is to choose between eternity's blessings and compromising for worldly things.
Daniel H. Ludlow outlines the conditions necessary for our moral free agency to be effective. In our lives and our country, we must preserve this freedom.
Do we simply use our agency or do we rely on inspiration from God? The fact is that we can't move forward without either when we counsel with the Lord.
Time is a god-given gift that the wise will cherish and that the foolish will waste or misuse; what we do here will determine what we are in the eternities.
It isn't enough to be doing the right things; we need to make sure we are doing them for the right reasons. Ask yourself, "Are my motives pure?"
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What are you making of the many opportunities you have? Adam S. Bennion counsels students to take advantage of their time devoted to study and improvement.
Your soul is as powerful as the atomic weapons which our age fears. As you discover your divine potential, you will be able to actualize it.
Your personal liberty does not give your the right to flout standards and rules that you have agreed to, nor to ignore when others who do so.
The morality of the world can be no greater than the goodness of its individuals. Use knowledge and God's guidance to make the world better.