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Young Men Lesson 20: Proper Use of Agency

Manual 1; Excerpt from "The Three Rs of Choice," by President Thomas S. Monson

May 11, 2012

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"Each of us has come to this earth with all the tools necessary to make correct choices." -Thomas S. Monson

Discussion Questions
• What blessings have you received from making correct choices?
• What changes could you make in your life that would make it easier for you to always choose the right?

Excerpt from "The Three Rs of Choice" by President Thomas S. Monson, October 2010 General Conference:

I have been thinking recently about choices and their consequences. Scarcely an hour of the day goes by but what we are called upon to make choices of one sort or another. Some are trivial, some more far-reaching. Some will make no difference in the eternal scheme of things, and others will make all the difference.

As I’ve contemplated the various aspects of choice, I’ve put them into three categories: first, the right of choice; second, the responsibility of choice; and third, the results of choice. I call these the three Rs of choice.

I mention first the right of choice. I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for His gift of agency, or the right to choose. President David O. McKay, ninth President of the Church, said, “Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man.”1

We know that we had our agency before this world was and that Lucifer attempted to take it from us. He had no confidence in the principle of agency or in us and argued for imposed salvation. He insisted that with his plan none would be lost, but he seemed not to recognize—or perhaps not to care—that in addition, none would be any wiser, any stronger, any more compassionate, or any more grateful if his plan were followed.

To read the full talk, click here.

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