Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Free Agency

"To fully understand this gift of agency
and its inestimable worth, it is imperative that we understand that
God’s chief way of acting is by persuasion and patience and
long-suffering, not by coercion and stark confrontation. He acts by
gentle solicitation and by sweet enticement. He always acts with
unfailing respect for the freedom and independence that we possess. He
wants to help us and pleads for the chance to assist us, but he will
not do so in violation of our agency. He loves us too much to do that,
and doing so would run counter to his divine character."
--Howard W. Hunter, "The Golden Thread of Choice", Ensign, Nov. 1989, 17

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