111 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed, he would not have fallen; but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. 112 And all things which were created, must have remained in the same state which they were, after they were created; and they must have remained for ever, and had no end. 113 And they would have had no children; wherefore, they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. 114 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. 115 Adam fell, that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. 116 And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. 117 And because that they are redeemed from the fall, they have become free for ever, knowing good from evil; 118 To act for themselves, and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the Lord, at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given. 119 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. 120 And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great mediation of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil: 121 For he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. 122 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; 123 And be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit, 124 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, 125 Which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom. 126 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; 127 And I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. 128 And I have none other object, save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls. Amen.
2 Nephi 2 1 And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last born. 2 Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee. 3 And may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land, which is a most precious land, for thine inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy security for ever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy One of Israel.