With One Voice

After Moses relayed to his people all of the laws which God had revealed to him on Mount Sinai, they responded “with one voice:” “All the words which the Lord hath said will we do” (Exodus 24:3).

Years later, the people of King Benjamin responded to his final sermon with a longer declaration. Once again, we are told that they spoke “with one voice:”

Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things.

And it is the faith which we have had on the things which our king has spoken unto us that has brought us to this great knowledge, whereby we do rejoice with such exceedingly great joy.

And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.

Mosiah 5:2-5

There is power in collective commitment. It functions as evidence that the people had all experienced something meaningful and wanted to do something about it. Additionally, the fact that they all made the same promise at the same time created a bond between them. They were in this together, and they could support one another in keeping their covenant.

Today, I will be grateful for my association with other people who have made the same promises I have made. Even though we may all fall short at times, I will support my brothers and sisters as we strive to fulfill the covenants we have made with God.

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