B.H. Roberts:

The agency of man would not be worth the name if it did not grant liberty to the wicked to fill the cup of their iniquity, as well as liberty to the virtuous to round out the measure of their righteousness.

A New Witness for God, Vol. 1, Chapt. 2. The Effect of Pagan Pesecution on the Christian Church.

Gordon B. Hinckley:

That war, so bitter, so intense, has never ceased. It is the war between .. agency and compulsion, between the followers of Christ and those who have denied Him. His enemies have used every stratagem in that conflict. They’ve indulged in lying and deceit. They’ve employed money and wealth. They’ve tricked the minds of men. They’ve murdered and destroyed and engaged in every kind of evil practice to thwart the work of Christ.

Ensign, June 2007. An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured..

Ezra Taft Benson:

Every person on the earth today chose the right side during the war in heaven. Be on the right side now.

Stand Up for Freedom. Assembly Hall, Temple Square, Feb. 1966.

Ezra Taft Benson:

As important as are all other principles of the gospel, it was the freedom issue that determined whether you received a body. To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the War in Heaven meant eternal damnation. How then can Latter-day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences? The War in Heaven is raging on earth today. The issues are the same: Shall men be compelled to do what others claim is for their best welfare or will they heed the counsel of the prophets and their freedom? We believe that the gospel is the greatest thing in the world why then do we not force people to join the Church if they are not smart enough to see it on their own? Because this is Satan’s way, the Lord uses persuasion and love.

God, Family, Country p. 384 – Teachings of Ezra T. Benson p. 658.

Ezra Taft Benson:

It is time, therefore, that every American, and especially every member of the priesthood, became informed about the aims, tactics, and schemes of socialistic-communism… The whole program of socialistic- communism is essentially a war against God and the plan of salvation—the very plan which we fought to uphold during the war in heaven.

Conference Report, Oct. 1961. Secret Combinations.

Ezra Taft Benson:

The central issue in that pre-mortal council was: Shall the children of God have untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow, whether good or evil or shall they be coerced and forced to be obedient? Christ and all who followed Him stood for the former proposition—freedom of choice Satan stood for the latter — coercion, and force. The war that began in heaven over this issue is not yet over. The conflict continues on the battlefield of mortality. And one of Lucifer’s primary strategies has been to restrict our agency through the power of earthly governments.

BYU devotional, 16, Sept. 1986.

Ezra Taft Benson:

In the war in heaven the devil advocated absolute eternal security at the sacrifice of our freedom. Although there is nothing more desirable to a Latter-day Saint than eternal security in God’s presence, and although God knew, as did we, that some of us would not achieve this security if we were allowed our freedom—yet the very God of heaven, who has more mercy than us all, still decreed no guaranteed security except by a man’s own freedom of choice and individual initiative. Today the devil as a wolf in a supposedly new suit of sheep’s clothing is enticing some men, both in and out of the Church, to parrot his line by advocating planned government-guaranteed security programs at the expense of our liberties. Latter-day Saints should be reminded how and why they voted as they did in heaven. If some have decided to change their vote they should repent—throw their support on the side of freedom—and cease promoting this subversion.

Conference Report, Oct. 1961, pp. 69-75. The American Heritage of Freedom – A Plan of God.
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