The Three Rs of Choice, Thomas S. Monson, October 2010
Some of our choices matter very little, while some have lasting and even eternal consequences. Our gift of free agency is our right to choose. This gift may be eternal if we choose to retain it. We had it before this life. Each person to every live on the earth retained or chose to keep this gift, when they chose Jesus' Plan of Salvation of Satan's plan of forced compliance. Moses 4:1-4 Revelations 12:9 We can choose to retain or abdicate our freedom to choose. 2 Nephi 2:27 Even if our bodies are held captive, we can always choose if how we will respond.
How we respond is our responsibility; it is the reason we are on Earth. Gen. 3:5, Moroni 7:16 Detours fro Jesus' Plan are dangerous, because like Cain some souls are lost forever.
2 Nephi 28:21, 2 Nephi 28:22 Certainly, some sins are pleasurable--at first. That is why they are tempting. But in the end they bring heart ache, pain, and destruction. Unlike Alice it matters which path we take and which choice we make, because our choices determine our final result.
Brigham Young once said. “If Brother Brigham shall take a wrong track, and be shut out of the Kingdom of heaven, no person will be to blame but Brother Brigham. I am the only being in heaven, earth, or hell, that can be blamed.” He continued: “This will equally apply to every Latter-day Saint. Salvation is an individual operation.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young (1997), 294.
Even if we repent, which is our commandment, we still may be required to bear earthly consequences. However, until we draw our last breath, we can repent and be forgiven of sin. Doctrine and Covenants 58:42, Deuteronomy 5:32–33 May we have gratitude for the right to choose, responsibility to choose rightly, and thoughtfulness in bearing the consequences of choice. Isaiah 52:11