Sunday, May 17, 2009

Quote of the Day: Thomas S. Monson: "Choose You This Day"

This is an excerpt from a talk by Pres. Thomas S. Monson “Choose You This Day,” Ensign, Nov 2004, 67

"Joshua of old declared, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 1
All of us commenced an awesome and vital journey when we left the spirit world and entered this often challenging stage called mortality. We brought with us that great gift from God—our agency. Said the prophet Wilford Woodruff: “God has given unto all of His children … individual agency. … [We] possessed it in the heaven of heavens before the world was, and the Lord maintained and defended it there against the aggression of Lucifer. … By virtue of this agency you and I and all mankind are made responsible beings, responsible for the course we pursue, the lives we live, the deeds we do.” 2
Brigham Young said, “All must use [this agency] in order to gain exaltation in [God’s] kingdom; inasmuch as [we] have the power of choice [we] must exercise that power.” 3
The scriptures tell us that we are free to act for ourselves, “to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” 4

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