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“My message today is of the fundamental doctrine of agency — the opportunity to choose between good and evil,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Agency — the freedom to choose — depends upon robust religious freedom,” said the apostle, who addressed thousands of students on the topics of agency and religious freedom during a devotional Tuesday in the Marriott Center at the Church-owned campus of Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.

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“We, as members of the Church, must recognize that the erosion of religious freedom will significantly impact our opportunities to grow in strength and gospel knowledge, to be blessed by sacred ordinances and to rely on the Lord to direct His Church,” taught Elder Rasband.

“Choose to feel joy in your very existence as a child of God,” he admonished the students. “You have to look farther than today’s pleasures, disappointments, worldly accomplishments, or current trends to receive needed revelation from God. Do not be fooled; you are not of the world; you are divine.”

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