Month: January 2023

Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

Reference:

Linda S Reeves, LDS General Conference October 2015

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

This revelation was given to Joseph Smith. Many revelations were given where the Lord was instructing the Prophet, other individuals or the church members as a whole how to do things. This is from one of those revelations. Unlike the Book or Mormon or the Bible, which are mostly a narrative of the Lords dealings with people, the Doctrine and Covenants is direct instructions or answers to people.

As I ponderize this passage, it may seem basic, but it is part of the foundation of a follower of Christ that we believe in the promises made to us, but realize that we must do what we have been commanded for them to happen.

Related Scriptures

Because this scripture can seem short and simple, one may be tempted to want to move on and not ponder it much. But because of its simplicity it makes me think of another passage in Alma 37:6

"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."

How does this strengthen my testimony

In my life, I have had many blessings from the Lord. Some times I have relied upon them to a great deal. I have also had the chance to do what the Lord has commanded me to do. I know that when I do what the Lord has commanded that he will keep his promises to me.

This is a powerful comfort as I wait to be reunited with my family that has passed on. A great comfort as I strive to teach my children that which is right and to love God. And a great source of strength as I try to be a faithful follower of Christ.

Alma 34:32

For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

Reference:

Linda S Reeves, LDS General Conference, October 2015

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Amulek is preaching with Alma and he gives this summary of the plan of salvation. Following this declaration Amulek admonishes us to not procrastinate or put off repentance, and coming unto Christ.

Thoughts about this scripture:

As a summary of the plan of salvation this one statement can lead us to so many other truths. If this life is the time to prepare to return to God, what should we do to prepare? How should we treat others? How should we live our lives? How should we show others love and kindness?

All of these questions can have their answers derived from this on place, if we think about it.

How does this strengthen my testimony

I know that God and Jesus love us and desire for us to be happy and to return to live with them. I know that the experiences we have in this life are opportunities for us to learn and to serve our Heavenly Father. And I can feel his love as I try to do my best.

I know that if we treat each day as a chance to prepare to return to him, we can become focused on the right things and achieve the happiness in this life and in the worlds to come.

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John 17:20-23

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Reference:

Carol F McConkie, LDS General Conference, October 2015

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Doctrine and Covenants 138:58

Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.

Reference:

Carol McConkie, LDS General Conference, October 2015

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