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See also: Agency


General Resources

"Are You an Eagle or a Hog?"

"Attitude is Everything"

Church of Jesus Christ - Resources for teaching Children to "Choose the Right"

James E. Faust - excerpt from CR, April 1987  (about so-called "private choices")

President Kimball quote on "Deciding to Decide"

Stay on the Lord's Side of the Line (by W. Eugene Hansen)

The Choice (choosing between hard and easy)

The Three Rs of Choice

Where Will This Lead?

"Your Desires, Your Choices, and Your Technology"


Parables

Baptism Analogy - Magnets

Changing The World

Decide to Decide

Quick Decisions - Fish and Dynamite

So-Called Private Choices

The Choice

The Path I Follow

Which Wolf Will You Choose

Wrong Roads and Revelation


General Conference Talks

22 Stones - Chi Hong (Sam ) Wong - April 27, 2021

Agency--a Blessing and a Burden - Oct. 1999 -  Sharon G. Larsen

Becoming - Randy Beard - November 24, 2020

Be Strong and of a Good Courage - Paul V. Johnson - July 22, 2020

Choices - James E. Faust - April 2004

Choices - President Thomas S. Monson - April 2016

Choices - Russell M. Nelson - October 1990

Choose Discipleship Now! - Vern P. Stanfill - November 19, 2019

Choose to Live Happily Ever After - Robert Stewart - August 11, 2020

Connect to God's Power and Trust in Him - Melanie Kennelly - February 4, 2020

Decision - Eldred G. Smith - April 1978

Decisions for Eternity - Russell M. Nelson - Oct. 2013

Finding the Power to Overcome - Ken Jackson - July 1, 2019

Making Righteous Choices at the Crossroads of Life - Robert D. Hales - Oct. 1988

Making the Right Decisions - Richard G. Scott - April 1991

Making the Right Decisions - L. Tom Perry - Oct. 1979

Meeting the Challenges of Today's World - Robert D. Hales - Oct. 2015

Stand and Be Not Moved - Lisa L. Harkness - February 11, 2020

The Freedom to Become - Elder & Sister Uchtdorf - March 1, 2020

The Power of Listening - Ben Fryar - March 10, 2020

The Three Rs of Choice - President Thomas S. Monson - Oct. 2010

This Is Our Time! - S. Gifford Nielson - April 2021

Thou Mayest Choose for Thyself - N. Eldon Tanner - April 1973

Three Choices - Joseph B. Wirthlin - Oct. 2003

Why the Covenant Path - D. Todd Christofferson - April 2021



BYU Speeches

Becoming - Randy Beard - November 24, 2020

Choose Discipleship Now! - Vern P. Stanfill - November 19, 2019

Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve - James B. Martino - September 15, 2020

Could We Have Supposed - Jack N. Gerard - March 17, 2020

Decision Making - The Lord's Way - Steven C. Wheelwright - May 26, 2009

Decisions Determine Destiny - Thomas S. Monson - November 6, 2005

Finding Your Way - Allan F. Packer - January 12, 2016

Great Expectations - Quentin L. Cook - November 10, 2020

Life's Greatest Decisions - Thomas S. Monson - September 7, 2003

Live Right Now - Gerrit W. Gong - March 20, 2007

Look unto Him in Every Thought - Joy D. Jones - August 21, 2018

Nevertheless I Went Forth - Anthony D. Perkins - February 4, 2014

Persistence, Patience, and Posies - Particia Ravert - July 10, 2012

Questions and Answers - M. Russell Ballard - November 14, 2017

Real Causes and Real Effects - Keith Vorkink - March 28, 2017

We Believe in You - Terry R. Seamons - April 24, 2014

Zion Is the Pure in Heart - Elaine S. Dalton - September 13, 2009


Mormonads / New Era Posters /

"Rings True"

"Day to Day Choices"

"Don't Let Chance Determine Your Choices"


Quotes

Quotes

Quotes about Choice and Accountability (LDS Daily WOOL)

Quotes about Decisions (LDS Daily WOOL)

Quotes on Choices with large printable PDF


BYU Speeches

"A Banquet of Consequences: The Cumulative Results of All Choices" - Quentin L. Cook - Feb. 7, 2017

"Decisions for Which I've Been Grateful" - Clayton M. Christensen - BYU-Idaho - June 8, 2004

"The Marvelous Gift of Choice", Ricks College Devotional, January 30, 2001 - Elder Harold Brown

"The Thoughts of Our Hearts or Why Do We Do What We Do?" - John C. Lewis - March 4, 2003

"What Matters Most" - BYU-Idaho - October 16, 2001  -  Patricia P. Pinegar


Additional Articles

"Decisions Determine Destiny," Thomas S. Monson - Nov. 1979 New Era

"How to Make Good Decisions" - for Youth

"Making Hard Decisions" - Richard G. Scott - June 2005 New Era

"Making Major Life Decisions" - Jan. 2006 Ensign

"Mission Specialist One" - April 1985 New Era (about Don Lind, Astronaut)

"Watch the Switches in Your Life" - Gordon B. Hinckley - Ensign

"What's So Great about the Great and Spacious Building?" (excellent)

"Why do the choices I make matter? - Young Women's Lesson

"Why Making Choices Matters" - for Youth


Videos

"Dare to Stand Alone"

"I Choose to Be Pure"


Family Home Evening Lessons

"Choice & Accountability" (link to LDSLiving.com)

"Choice and Accountability" - (Sugardoodle.net)

"Choices- Wise Man/Foolish Man" - (ayearoffhe.net)

"Making Good Choices-Stair (mormonshare.com)

"We Can Choose" - FHE Resource Book at lds.org

"What Will Ye that I should Do?" - (LDSFamilyFun.com) (Video clip from LivingScriptures.com)


Promises For Choosing The Right

You can read the promises in three ways. The links below access the promises in Docx and PDF format (you are welcome to download these for free), OR you can see each promise right on this page, below the links.

Promises For Choosing The Right (PDF) - Printable

Promises For Choosing The Right (Word - Docx) - Printable

Experience Joy

Jesus, who exercised His agency to sustain Heavenly Father’s plan, was identified and appointed by the Father as our Savior, foreordained to perform the atoning sacrifice for all. Similarly, our exercise of agency to keep the commandments enables us to fully understand who we are and receive all of the blessings our Heavenly Father has—including the opportunity to have a body, to progress, to experience joy, to have a family, and to inherit eternal life.

Robert D. Hales - “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom” - April 2015 General Conference


Remember Them No More

The Savior promised:

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.”

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them

Richard G. Scott - "The Power of Righteousness" - October 1998 General Conference


God Promises

The Book of Mormon encourages us: “If [you] will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, … even if [you] can no more than desire to believe” (Alma 32:27).

Some may say, “I cannot believe; I am not a religious person.” Just consider, God promises us divine help even if we have only a desire to believe, but it has to be a true and not a pretended desire.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf - “The Power of a Personal Testimony” - October 2006 General Conference


Sins Be as Scarlet

We have all made incorrect choices. If we have not already corrected such choices, I assure you that there is a way to do so. The process is called repentance. I plead with you to correct your mistakes. Our Savior died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Although the path is not easy, the promise is real: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. And I, the Lord, remember them no more. Don’t put your eternal life at risk. If you have sinned, the sooner you begin to make your way back, the sooner you will find the sweet peace and joy that come with the miracle of forgiveness.

Thomas S. Monson - “The Three Rs of Choice” - October 2010 General Conference


A Strengthened Resolution

You already have had the Lord’s help to get started. In August, you received this promise from President Gordon B. Hinckley if you would read the Book of Mormon through by the end of the year: “Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.

Henry B. Eyring - “Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady” - October 2005 General Conference


Him That Knocketh

Alma’s call for us to desire to believe and to “give place” in our hearts for the Savior’s words reminds us that belief and faith require our personal choice and action. We must “awake and arouse [our] faculties.” We ask before it is given unto us; we seek before we find; we knock before it is opened unto us. We are then given this promise: “For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

L. Whitney Clayton - “Choose to Believe” - April 2015 General Conference


Faith in Christ

There are many today who have felt promptings from the Holy Ghost as they study the Book of Mormon or listen to the testimonies of missionaries and friends. Unto these I say, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, the gospel in its fullness is restored to the earth once again! Joseph Smith was a true prophet who translated the Book of Mormon through the gift and power of God. I urge all to read the Book of Mormon and apply its promise: “When ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Joseph B. Wirthlin - “The Unspeakable Gift” - April 2003 General Conference


Wisdom in God

There is a promise of help from God that comes with that daily practice. Faithful study of scriptures brings the Holy Ghost to us. The promise is given in the Book of Mormon, but it applies as well to all the words of God that He has given and will give us through His prophets.

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

Henry B. Eyring - “In the Strength of the Lord” - April 2004 General Conference


Blessings of God

The promised blessings of God to the faithful are glorious and inspiring. Among them are “thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths.” And it takes more than a spiritual birth certificate or a “Child of God Membership Card” to qualify for these incomprehensible blessings.

But how do we attain them?

The Savior has answered this question in our time:

“Except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.

“For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation. …

“… Receive ye, therefore, my law.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf - “Living the Gospel Joyful” - October 2014 General Conference


Choose Between Right and Wrong

One manifestation of the light of Christ is conscience, which helps a person choose between right and wrong (Moro. 7:16). As people learn more about the gospel, their consciences become more sensitive (Moro. 7:12–19). People who hearken to the light of Christ are led to the gospel of Jesus Christ (D&C 84:46–48).

Guide to the Scriptures - "Light, Light of God"


God Will Bless You

Choose the right! Choose the right!

Let wisdom mark the way before.

In its light, choose the right!

And God will bless you evermore.

L. Tom Perry - “Choose the Right” - General Conference October 1993


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