I don’t have strong feelings in the debates surrounding “free will.” I believe in some measure of free will, but I tend to view it as an emergent vector. I generally don’t think infants have free will and I think that various environmental and biological factors have tremendous influence over any real will. I do believe, however, that God is perfectly free, and that he is God because he chooses to be good (coupled with maximal power, of course). Being god-like then requires us, as humans to expand our will within our biological constraints.
Now, I’m old-timey. I believe Joseph Smith when he said that God never had the power to create the spirit of man. With that then comes the idea that the mind, however incipient, existed before we were born. However (and this is a big however), with the rise of modern science and clinical methods, I think we generally have to concede that at least in mortality, our mind is flesh or at least there is no way to separate any aspect of the mind from the flesh.
I don’t know if this is what Lehi had in mind when he delivered his widely read sermon regarding the atonement in 2 Nephi 2. But I like to use his words this way. “According to” is a popular construction throughout the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith repeatedly employed it in his dictation of this sermon. Verse 27 is the key:
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.
Men are free according to the flesh.