The multipurpose use of the word liberty and its synonym freedom has not changed. The sweets of liberty about which we usually speak may be classified as (1) political independence, (2) economic freedom, and (3) free agency.
I would have us strive for that liberty which comprehends all three of these freedoms, and more. I would have us strive for a freedom of the soul to which they all contribute. I would have us attain that blessed state foreshadowed by the Prophet Joseph Smith when he said, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God.” (D&C 121:45.) One who enjoys such liberty is, in the words of Jesus, “free indeed.” (John 8:36.) He is possessed of perfect liberty.
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Source: Marion G. Romney, excerpt from his sermon, “The Perfect Law of Liberty,” delivered at the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1981. Marion G. Romney (1897-1988) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (ordained 1951) and later also served as a member of the Church’s First Presidency.
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