Written in Your Hearts – Mosiah 13:11

11 And now I read unto you the remainder of the commandments of God, for I perceive that they are not written in your hearts;…

What does it mean for the commandments to be “written in [our] hearts?”  I think it means more than having them committed to memory (written in our minds).  When a commandment has been written in your heart, it becomes part of you.  You can teach it with conviction, and you can apply it to your everyday decisions.
Consider Elder Russell M. Nelson’s experience with the Sabbath Day:

In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between me and my Heavenly Father. With that understanding, I no longer needed lists of dos and don’ts. When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity was appropriate for the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, “What sign do I want to give to God?” That question made my choices about the Sabbath day crystal clear.  (“The Sabbath Is a Delight,” General Conference, April 2015)

Today, I will strive to internalize the commandments of God.  I will remember that lists of guidelines, as helpful as they may be, cannot address every situation I will face (see Mosiah 4:29).  I will, however, be able to choose righteousness and be a true disciple of Jesus Christ in all circumstances if His commandments are written in my heart.

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