“Let Them…Not Tarry”

I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.Psalm 119:60 There is power in doing what needs to be done as soon as possible, without unnecessary delay. When the Lord instructed Alma to return to the city of Ammonihah, “he returned speedily” (Alma 8:18). Sometime later, when Zeezrom asked Alma and Amulek to visit... Continue Reading →

“This Word of Wisdom”

Nobody likes to be told what to do. Maybe that's why the Lord so often teaches us gently and seeks to persuade rather than compel. In 1833, when the Lord provided guidance about how to care for our bodies, He called it "a Word of Wisdom," given by "greeting; not by commandment or constraint" (Doctrine... Continue Reading →

Governed by Law

I've been thinking today about the role of law in establishing a peaceful society and a happy life. In the Book of Mormon, happy times are associated with obedience and unhappy times with disobedience. Consider the following contrasting examples: "We did observe to keep the judgments, and the statutes, and the commandments of the Lord in... Continue Reading →

Willing

Yesterday, I wrote about King David's final sermon, in which he acknowledged God's power and glory. Earlier in that sermon, he had a message for his son, Solomon, who was to succeed him as king: And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a... Continue Reading →

Tossed

As Mormon describes the annihilation of his people, he laments their rapid fall from grace: They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is... Continue Reading →

Statutes, Judgments, and Commandments

What are the "statutes," the "judgments," and the "commandments" of the Lord? Why are those words so often combined? For example, in Helaman's letter to Captain Moroni, he praises the two thousand stripling soldiers in these words: They have received many wounds; nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free;... Continue Reading →

Hearken

When King Benjamin called his people together near the end of his life, he began his sermon by urging them to listen carefully to what he had to say: I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and... Continue Reading →

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