There is no true freedom without responsibility, and there is no enduring freedom without a knowledge of the truth. The Lord said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31–32.)…
Those who talk of blind obedience may appear to know many things, but they do not understand the doctrines of the gospel. There is an obedience that comes from a knowledge of the truth that transcends any external form of control. We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see. The best control, I repeat, is self-control.
This quote comes from a fantastic talk by Elder Boyd K. Packer (Agency and Control, 1983), and I just thought it would be a good addition to the blog.
The world around us is full of people who believe that right and wrong are relative and that we should not try too hard to control our desires. They may say that following a moral code is old-fashioned and naive. To them, I would say what Elder Packer said: “There is no true freedom without responsibility”. An understanding of right and wrong is what stabilizes us and helps us find happiness in this world. Following a moral code is not limiting, it is liberating. As we consistently choose to do what is right, this fact becomes clear.