Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil. . . . - 2 Ne. 2:27

"Agency, or the power to choose, was ours as spirit children of our Creator before the world was," said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Council of the Twelve in the October 1988 general conference. "It is a gift from God, nearly as precious as life itself."Often, however, agency is misunderstood. While we are free to choose, once we have made those choices, we are tied to the consequences of those choices."