Do you believe God has changed and is now pleased when
His followers seek to destroy the agency of His children who are different
in some way or who simply believe differently than you?
“I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses
saying… because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to
destroy the agency of man, which I the Lord God, had given him, …
I caused that he should be cast down”
Moses 4:1, 3
Your Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters want to use
their agency to marry a companion they love. How do you feel about Christians
trying to destroy our agency to do so?
“If the Kingdom of God, or a theocratic government,
was established on the earth, many practices now prevalent would be
“One community would not be permitted to array itself in opposition
to another to coerce them to their standard; one denomination would
not be suffered to persecute another because they differed in religious
belief and mode of worship. Every one would be fully
protected in the enjoyment of all religious and social rights,
and no state, no government, no community, no person would have the
privilege of infringing on the rights of another; one Christian community
would not rise up and persecute another.
“Whoever lives to see the Kingdom of God fully established upon
the earth will see a government that will protect every person in his
rights. If that government was now reigning... you would see [every
Church]... and every class of worshipers most strictly protected in
all their municipal rights and in the privileges of worshipping who,
what, and when they pleased, not infringing upon the rights of others.
Does any candid person in his sound judgment desire any greater liberty?....”
“When the Kingdom of God is fully set up and established on the
face of the earth, and takes the preeminence over all other nations
and kingdoms, it will protect the people in the enjoyment of all
their rights, no matter what they believe, what they profess,
or what they worship.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church,
Brigham Young,  268, 324.
“Man’s greatest endowment in mortal life
is the power of choice -- the divine gift of free agency. No true character
was ever developed without a sense of soul freedom. If a man feel circumscribed,
harassed, or enslaved by something or somebody, he is shackled...
“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that
life is God’s greatest gift to man. Among the immediate obligations
and duties resting upon members of the Church, and one of the most urgent
and pressing for attention and action of all liberty-loving people is
the preservation of individual liberty. Freedom of choice is more to
be treasured than any possession earth can give. It is inherent
in the spirit of man. It is a divine gift to every normal being....
everyone has this most precious of all life’s endowments -- the
gift of free agency, man’s inherited and inalienable right.
“I refer to the fundamental principle of the gospel, free agency.
References in the scriptures show that this principle is (1) essential
to man’s salvation; and (2) may become a measuring rod by which
the actions of men, of organizations, of nations may be judged.”
David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p.299.
“God has given to all men an agency and has
granted to us the privilege to serve him or serve him not, to do that
which is right or that which is wrong, and this privilege is given
to all men irrespective of creed, color or condition. ...
no man is deprived by any power of God from exercising it in the fullest
and in the freest manner. This agency has been given to all. This
is a blessing that God has bestowed upon the world of mankind, upon
all his children alike.” Joseph F.
Smith, Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, ,
“All we have to do is... examine any movement
that may be brought into our midst... and if it... attempt[s] to deprive
us the slightest respect of our free agency, we should avoid it as we
would avoid immorality or anything else that is vicious... Free agency
is as necessary for our eternal salvation as is our virtue. And... as
we guard our virtue with our lives, so should we guard our free agency.”
President Henry D. Moyle; Conference Report, Oct. 1947, 46.