Category Archives: Commandments

What Does It Mean to Serve God “with All Diligence of Mind?”

The people of King Limhi had every reason to feel hopeless. Their enemies, the Lamanites, had conquered their city. They were required to pay half of all they possessed as tribute to the Lamanite king (Mosiah 19:26). Three times, they … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Have the Commandments Written in Our Hearts?

The prophet Abinadi read the Ten Commandments to the priests of King Noah. They were all familiar with these commandments. They had probably all preached sermons about them. But Abinadi thought they needed to hear them again. Why? “I perceive … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to “Fulfill” God’s Commandments?

Fulfill (or fulfil) – put into effect, meet the requirements of, measure up to, bring to an end, develop the full potentialities of, convert to reality (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I wrote last week about the concept of “keeping” God’s commandments. A friend … Continue reading

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What Is the Relationship Between Obedience and Agency?

Agency – the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power (Merriam-Webster, 2nd definition). Obedience – Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority (Oxford English Dictionary) The terms “agency” and “agent” do not … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to “Keep” God’s Commandments?

The Hebrew verb shamar (שָׁמַר) means to keep, to guard, or to preserve. Here are the first few appearances of that word in the Bible: God commanded Adam and Eve to cultivate the Garden of Eden and to “keep” it (Genesis … Continue reading

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The Words Which He Shall Speak…Shall Be the Law – 2 Nephi 26:1

1 And after Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall show himself unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren; and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do. (2 … Continue reading

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I Perceive That They Are Not 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; I perceive that ye have studied and taught iniquity the most part of your lives. … Continue reading

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