Obedience has got to be one of the most important principles of the gospel. It is certainly something that the Savior taught us most clearly. His obedience was not disguised in a parable or a misunderstood principal. It was very clear that the Savior obeyed His Father’s will at all times. Jesus said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me,” and “I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:28 & 29) I am only beginning to understand how important this principal is to my eternal progression. In 2 Nephi 4:4 we read,
“Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.”
This scripture has taken on a new meaning for me. We can think of commandments in general terms, such as the Ten Commandments, and they must be obeyed, but we can also think of them on a deeper level, as promptings and revelations. The promptings and revelations that I receive from the Lord become my personal commandments. I realize that I need to take very seriously these promptings and revelations that I receive from the Lord. Something I have not always been careful about. Richard G. Scott said,
“Inspiration carefully recorded shows God that His communications are sacred to us.”
I like to think that I have a great memory but the truth is I forget. If the promptings or inspirations I receive are not written down then I have a hard time remembering them and end up asking the same questions again thinking that I have not received anything about the topic. If I have forgotten or haven’t recognized what I’ve received then it is impossible to obey.
I have contemplated the word “will” used in conjunction with not keeping the commandments. Interesting. When I choose my will over the Saviors, it is a sad day indeed. The promptings and revelations that He gives to me are my commandments, then I choose to follow or not. If I choose to follow, I am submitting to the Lord’s will. If I don’t follow, for whatever reason, I am choosing my will.
Sometimes we think of commandments as restrictions, but they are actually blessings.
“And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, with commandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me.” (D&C 59:4)
I like that, the faithful are “crowned” with “commandments not a few” . These commandments truly are blessings because they are shaping us into the person that the Lord needs us to be. In contemplating my life, I realize that to this point I have spent most of my time pursuing my will. I can testify that when I have followed through on the promptings that I have received, I have been filled with peace and joy.
“For the kingdom of God is…righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)
Through continued obedience we learn that all the happiness and joy that we are truly seeking will come to us, through our obedience.