" it’s one thing to reap in kind, but we reap, somehow, always in greater quantity. We sow a little thistle, and we get a lot of thistle—years and years of it, big bushes and branches of it. We never get rid of it unless we cut it out. If we sow a little bit of hate, before we know it we’ve reaped a lot of hate—smoldering and festering and belligerent and finally warring, malicious hate...it isn’t easy to go back and undo and make a new beginning, but I believe with all my heart that it is easier and surely more satisfying to begin anew than to go on and try to believe that justice will not take its toll...if you are like other mortals, you have some areas in which to unchain yourself, you have some bonds and fetters you could be free of, and you have some sins you could repent of...Father’s course was one of agency and choice—the freedom to err but ultimately the freedom to succeed." Jeffrey R. Holland, Liahona, September 2013
“I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road. A [mathematical] sum [incorrectly worked] can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and [then] working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound,” C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7
Blundering through a sinful world without the companionship of deity and His instruction manual, we can never be in a place to understand how and why we ought to live the commandments. It's as if Heavenly Father dangles the life line of true freedom within reach, but we must grab hold. Many don't see it for what it is and continue to go under again and again.