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.


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.