Agency - Truth in Love Ministry

Dictionary of Mormonese


A person’s free will and natural capacity to choose right from wrong. See also Choose the Right.

“Your Heavenly Father has given you agency, the ability to choose and to act for yourself. Agency is essential in the plan of salvation. Without agency, we would not be able to learn or progress or follow the Savior” (True to the Faith, p. 12).

Mormons are regularly encouraged to exercise their agency and make wise choices. It is one of the most important underpinnings for Mormonism’s works-righteousness.  

Biblical Christianity teaches that people, by nature, are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) and thoroughly evil (Genesis 8:21). Therefore, no one can seek God or do any good (Romans 3:10-12).

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