2 Nephi 2:18, 27, 29

Satan wants us to choose misery, captivity, and spiritual death.

18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. . . .
27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. . . .
29 [Do] not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, 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.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell wrote:

“Some say there are absolutely no absolutes, further encouraging each individual to ‘do his own thing’ regardless; they do not realize that there is an emerging pattern after all. Those who wrongly and heedlessly do their own thing are really doing Lucifer’s thing in an unconscious pattern of sobering servility. Men are that they might have joy, but Satan desires that all be miserable like unto himself (2 Nephi 2:25, 27).”

(Not My Will, But Thine [1988], 8.)

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