Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about responsibility for our actions, freedom and our divine potential as children of God.
He said the real manifestation of God’s love is His commandments.
“A God who makes no demands is the functional equivalent of a God who does not exist,” Elder Christofferson said. “A world without God, the living God who establishes moral laws to govern and perfect His children, is also a world without ultimate truth or justice.”
He said wanting a philosophy or theory to be true doesn’t change the reality of what God says is true.
“Resenting the law of gravity won’t keep a person from falling if he steps off a cliff. The same is true for eternal law and justice. Freedom comes not from resisting it but from applying it. That is fundamental to God’s own power.”
Elder Christofferson said the opportunity to assume personal responsibility is a God-given gift.
“It is God’s will that we be free men and women enabled to rise to our full potential both temporally and spiritually, that we be free from the humiliating limitations of poverty and the bondage of sin,
that we enjoy self-respect and independence, that we be prepared in all things to join Him in His celestial kingdom.”
He concluded his talk by saying that we must repent, choose God and exercise moral agency.
“My plea is simply to take responsibility and go to work so that there is something for God to help us with.”