Preach My Gospel: Ch. 3: What Should I Study And Teach?: Lesson 4: The Commandments: Full Scriptures

Preach My Gospel: Ch. 3: What Should I Study And Teach?: Lesson 4: The Commandments: Full Scriptures

  • Lesson 4: The Commandments
  • Moroni 6:1–4  And now I speak concerning baptism. Behold, elders, priests, and teachers were baptized; and they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they wereworthy of it.
  •  Neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins.
  •  And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end.
  •  And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of thechurch of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.
  • D&C 20:37  37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humblethemselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the nameof Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.
  • Alma 12:32  32 Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justicecould not be destroyed, according to the supremegoodness of God.
  • Obedience
  • Agency
  • 2 Nephi 2:26–29  26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
  •  27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and allthings are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
  •  28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
  •  29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down tohell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.
  • Alma 12:31  31 Wherefore, he gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal, and becoming as gods,knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state toact, or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures, whether to do evil or to do good—
  • D&C 58:26–29  26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is aslothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
  •  27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
  •  28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
  •  29 But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.
  • D&C 82:8–10  And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a newcommandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;
  •  Or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation.
  •  10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.
  • Topical Guide, “Agency” Agency
  • See also Accountability ; Adversity ; Fall of Man ; Initiative ; Liberty
  • Of every tree … thou mayest freely eat: Gen. 2:16 .
  • if thou doest not well: Gen. 4:7 .
  • blessing, if ye obey: Deut. 11:27 .
  • therefore choose life: Deut. 30:19 .
  • choose … whom ye will serve: Josh. 24:15 .
  • if the Lord be God, follow him: 1 Kgs. 18:21 .
  • did not choose the fear of the Lord: Prov. 1:29 .
  • not as I will, but as thou wilt: Matt. 26:39 .
  • I seek not mine own will: John 5:30 .
  • there is an opposition in all things: 2 Ne. 2:11 .
  • not act for himself save … he was enticed: 2 Ne. 2:16 .
  • men are free … to choose: 2 Ne. 2:27 .
  • ye are free to act for yourselves: 2 Ne. 10:23 .
  • yield unto the devil and choose works of darkness: 2 Ne. 26:10 .
  • that ye may … do according to your own will: Mosiah 2:21 .
  • under this head ye are made free: Mosiah 5:8 .
  • act according to their wills: Alma 12:31 .
  • in the first place being left to choose: Alma 13:3 .
  • Choose ye this day: Alma 30:8 . ( Moses 6:33 . )
  • own judges, whether to do good: Alma 41:7 .
  • ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves: Hel. 14:30 .
  • third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away … because of their agency: D&C 29:36 .
  • they could not be agents unto themselves: D&C 29:39 .
  • let every man choose for himself: D&C 37:4 .
  • they are agents unto themselves: D&C 58:28 .
  • liberty wherewith ye are made free: D&C 88:86 .
  • here is the agency of man: D&C 93:31 .
  • Lord God, make you free: D&C 98:8 .
  • moral agency which I have given: D&C 101:78 .
  • the free exercise of conscience: D&C 134:2 .
  • thou mayest choose for thyself: Moses 3:17 .
  • gave I unto man his agency: Moses 7:32 .
  • See also Deut. 30:1 ; 1 Sam. 8:18 ; Gal. 6:7 ; Mosiah 2:33 ; Mosiah 28:4 ; Alma 3:26 ; Alma 13:10 ; Alma 29:4 ; Moro. 7:15 ; D&C 104:17 ; D&C 121:41 ; D&C 134:5 ; D&C 137:9 ; Moses 4:3 ; Moses 6:56 ; Abr. 3:25 ; A of F 1:2, 11
  • Obedience
  • D&C 130:20–21  20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
  •  21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is byobedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
  • John 14:15, 21  15 ¶If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  •  21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be lovedof my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13  13 ¶Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the wholeduty of man.
  • Pray Often
  • Moses 5:8  Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the nameof the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.
  • 2 Nephi 32:8–9  And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
  •  But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
  • Enos 1:1–12  Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
  •  And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.
  •  Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
  •  And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
  •  And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
  •  And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
  •  And I said: Lord, how is it done?
  •  And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.
  •  Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them.
  •  10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments. I have given unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
  •  11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faithbegan to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites.
  •  12 And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith.
  • Alma 34:17–28  17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
  •  18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
  •  19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
  •  20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
  •  21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
  •  22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
  •  23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
  •  24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
  •  25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
  •  26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in yourclosets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
  •  27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let yourhearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.
  •  28 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, yourprayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are ashypocrites who do deny the faith.
  • Moroni 10:3–5  Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
  •  And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  •  And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know thetruth of all things.
  • D&C 6:22–23  22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
  •  23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?
  • D&C 8:2–3  Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in yourheart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
  •  Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.
  • D&C 9:7–9  Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
  •  But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
  •  But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.
  • D&C 19:28  28 And again, I command thee that thou shalt prayvocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private.
  • 1 Kings 19:11–12  11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lordwas not in the earthquake:
  •  12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
  • Bible Dictionary, “Prayer” Prayer
  • Before the first generation of mankind had passed away, men began to call upon the name of the Lord (Gen. 4:26; Moses 5:4). Prayers, whether with (Gen. 12:8; 13:4) or without (Gen. 20:7; 32:9–11) sacrifice, were constantly offered by the patriarchs to God. The efficacy of the intercession of good men was recognized (Gen. 18:23; 20:7; Ex. 32:11).
  • Prayer is nowhere specifically commanded as a duty in the law, and prayers were not prescribed at the sacrifices except on two occasions: a confession of sin on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:21) and a thanksgiving when offering the firstfruits and tithes (Deut. 26:3, 13). It is, however, certain from the nature of things, and from the custom in later times, that prayer accompanied sacrifice.
  • Even in the times of the Judges, the children of Israel did not forget to cry unto the Lord, and a model of prayer is furnished by Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1). Samuel was recognized by his nation to be characteristically a man of prayer (1 Sam. 7:5, 8; 12:19, 23; Ps. 99:6). David’s Psalms, and the Psalms generally, breathe the highest spirit of prayer. The nation that possessed them must have been rich in teachers and examples of prayer. Remarkable prayers were prayed by Solomon (1 Kgs. 8); Hezekiah (2 Kgs. 19:14, etc.; Isa. 38:9, etc.); Ezra (Ezra 9:5); the Levites (Neh. 9:5, etc.); and Daniel (Dan. 9:3, etc.). “Making many prayers” was a part of the corrupt religion of Israel under the later kings (Isa. 1:15) and a marked feature of the religion of the Pharisees (Matt. 6:5;23:14).
  • It was the custom to pray three times a day, as did David (Ps. 55:17), Daniel (Dan. 6:10), and the later Jews. Prayer was said before meat (1 Sam. 9:13; Matt. 15:36; Acts 27:35).
  • The attitude of prayer ordinarily was standing (1 Sam. 1:26; Neh. 9:2, 4; Matt. 6:5; Luke 18:11, 13); also kneeling (1 Kgs. 8:54; Ezra 9:5; Dan. 6:10); or prostrate (Josh. 7:6; Neh. 8:6). The hands were spread forth to heaven (1 Kgs. 8:22; Ezra 9:5; Ps. 141:2; Isa. 1:15). Smiting on the breast and rending of the garments signified special sorrow (Ezra 9:5;Luke 18:13). The Lord’s attitude in prayer is recorded only once. In the Garden of Gethsemane He knelt (Luke 22:41), fell on His face (Matt. 26:39), and fell on the ground (Mark 14:35). It is noteworthy that Stephen (Acts 7:60), Peter (9:40), Paul (20:36; 21:5), and the Christians generally (21:5) knelt to pray.
  • Prayers were said at the Sanctuary (1 Sam. 1:9–12; 1 Kgs. 8; Ps. 42:2, 4) or looking toward the Sanctuary (1 Kgs. 8:44, 48; Ps. 5:7; Dan. 6:10); on the housetop or in an upper chamber (Dan. 6:10; Acts 10:9). The Pharisees prayed publicly in the synagogues and at the corners of the streets (Matt. 6:5). The Lord prayed upon the tops of mountains (Matt. 14:23; Luke 9:28) or in solitary places (Mark 1:35).
  • As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
  • There are many passages in the New Testament that teach the duty of prayer (Matt. 7:7; 26:41; Luke 18:1; 21:36; Eph. 6:18; Philip. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17, 25; 1 Tim. 2:1, 8). Christians are taught to pray in Christ’s name (John 14:13–14; 15:7, 16; 16:23–24). We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ—when His words abide in us (John 15:7). We then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart.
  • Book of Mormon references on prayer include 1 Ne. 18:3; Alma 34:17–28; Ether 2:14.
  • Study the Scriptures
  • 1 Nephi 19:22–23  22 Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that I did read many things to them, which were engraven upon theplates of brass, that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old.
  •  23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophetIsaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.
  • 2 Nephi 9:50–51  50 Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
  •  51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.
  • 2 Nephi 25:26  26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
  • 2 Nephi 29:1–13  But behold, there shall be many—at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the secondtime to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel;
  •  And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel;
  •  And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
  •  But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have aBible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jewsfor the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
  •  O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.
  •  Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
  •  Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in theearth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
  •  Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of twonations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
  •  And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am thesame yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
  •  10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
  •  11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
  •  12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shallwrite it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
  •  13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
  • 2 Nephi 31:19–20  19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
  •  20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastnessin Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a loveof God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
  • 2 Nephi 32:3–5  Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
  •  Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.
  •  For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.
  • Alma 32:28–30  28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
  •  29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
  •  30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
  • John 5:39  39 ¶Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
  • John 20:31  31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14–17  14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
  •  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holyscriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvationthrough faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  •  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and isprofitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, forinstruction in righteousness:
  •  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
  • 2 Peter 1:20–21  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
  •  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by theHoly Ghost.

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

  • 3 Nephi 18:1–25  And it came to pass that Jesus commanded his disciples that they should bring forth some bread and wine unto him.
  •  And while they were gone for bread and wine, he commanded the multitude that they should sit themselves down upon the earth.
  •  And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat.
  •  And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude.
  •  And when the multitude had eaten and were filled, he said unto the disciples: Behold there shall one be ordainedamong you, and to him will I give power that he shallbreak bread and bless it and give it unto the people of mychurch, unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name.
  •  And this shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you.
  •  And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
  •  And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his disciples that they should take of the wineof the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.
  •  And it came to pass that they did so, and did drink of it and were filled; and they gave unto the multitude, and they did drink, and they were filled.
  •  10 And when the disciples had done this, Jesus said unto them: Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done, for this is fulfilling my commandments, and this doth witness unto the Father that ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.
  •  11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it inremembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
  •  12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.
  •  13 But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them, they shallfall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.
  •  14 Therefore blessed are ye if ye shall keep my commandments, which the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you.
  •  15 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and prayalways, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him.
  •  16 And as I have prayed among you even so shall ye pray in my church, among my people who do repent and are baptized in my name. Behold I am the light; I have set anexample for you.
  •  17 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto his disciples, he turned again unto the multitude and said unto them:
  •  18 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satandesireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
  •  19 Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;
  •  20 And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.
  •  21 Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed.
  •  22 And behold, ye shall meet together oft; and ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not;
  •  23 But ye shall pray for them, and shall not cast them out; and if it so be that they come unto you oft ye shall pray for them unto the Father, in my name.
  •  24 Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do. Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed.
  •  25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world; and whosoever breaketh this commandment suffereth himself to be led into temptation.
  • D&C 59:9–15  And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspottedfrom the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
  •  10 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
  •  11 Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
  •  12 But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
  •  13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thyfasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.
  •  14 Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
  •  15 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances, not with muchlaughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance—
  • Exodus 20:8–11  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  •  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
  •  10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
  •  11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowedit.
  • Exodus 31:12–17  12 ¶And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
  •  13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.
  •  14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
  •  15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth anywork in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
  •  16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
  •  17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
  • Isaiah 58:13–14  13 ¶If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, fromdoing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
  •  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
  • Baptism and Confirmation
  • Mosiah 18:8–9  And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
  •  Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
  • Follow the Prophet
  • Mosiah 15:11–12  11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.
  •  12 For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?
  • Alma 13:1–16  And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.
  •  And those priests were ordained after the order of his Son, in a manner that thereby the people might know in what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption.
  •  And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, arecalled with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.
  •  And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of their hearts andblindness of their minds, while, if it had not been for this they might have had as great privilege as their brethren.
  •  Or in fine, in the first place they were on the samestanding with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared—
  •  And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest—
  •  This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—
  •  Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end—
  •  Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.
  •  10 Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood, there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God; and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;
  •  11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.
  •  12 Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.
  •  13 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God, and bring forth fruit meet for repentance, that ye may also enter into that rest.
  •  14 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.
  •  15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.
  •  16 Now these ordinances were given after this manner, that thereby the people might look forward on the Son of God, it being a type of his order, or it being his order, and this that they might look forward to him for a remission of their sins, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord.
  • 3 Nephi 12:1–2  And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power and authority to baptize, was twelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosenfrom among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power that they may baptize you with water; and after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am.
  •  And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins.
  • D&C 1:37–38  37 Search these commandments, for they are true andfaithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
  •  38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all befulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of myservants, it is the same.
  • D&C 21:1–7  Behold, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, anapostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ,
  •  Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith.
  •  Which church was organized and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.
  •  Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heedunto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holinessbefore me;
  •  For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
  •  For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.
  •  For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.
  • D&C 136:37–38  37 Therefore, marvel not at these things, for ye are not yetpure; ye can not yet bear my glory; but ye shall behold it if ye are faithful in keeping all my words that I have givenyou, from the days of Adam to Abraham, from Abraham to Moses, from Moses to Jesus and his apostles, and from Jesus and his apostles to Joseph Smith, whom I did call upon by mine angels, my ministering servants, and by mine own voice out of the heavens, to bring forth my work;
  •  38 Which foundation he did lay, and was faithful; and I took him to myself.
  • John 15:16  16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, andordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, andthat your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
  • Acts 10:34–44  34 ¶Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
  •  35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and workethrighteousness, is accepted with him.
  •  36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
  •  37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
  •  38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
  •  39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
  •  40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
  •  41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
  •  42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be theJudge of quick and dead.
  •  43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through hisname whosoever believeth in him shall receive remissionof sins.
  •  44 ¶While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
  • Ephesians 2:19–20  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of thehousehold of God;
  •  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles andprophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
  • Ephesians 4:11–14  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
  •  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
  •  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of theknowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  •  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • Hebrews 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
  • Amos 3:7  Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealethhis secret unto his servants the prophets.
  • Keep the Ten Commandments
  • “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Other “gods” can include possessions, power, or prominence.
  • “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” (Exodus 20:4).
  • “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (Exodus 20:7).
  • “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
  • “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12).
  • “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
  • “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
  • “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
  • “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16).
  • “Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:17).
  • Mosiah 13 Chapter 13
  • Abinadi is protected by divine power—He teaches the Ten Commandments—Salvation does not come by the law of Moses alone—God Himself will make an atonement and redeem His people. About 148 B.C.
  •  And now when the king had heard these words, he said unto his priests: Away with this fellow, and slay him; for what have we to do with him, for he is mad.
  •  And they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he withstood them, and said unto them:
  •  Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time.
  •  But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me; and because I have told you the truth ye are angry with me. And again, because I have spoken the word of God ye have judged me that I am mad.
  •  Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord.
  •  And he spake with power and authority from God; and he continued his words, saying:
  •  Ye see that ye have not power to slay me, therefore I finish my message. Yea, and I perceive that it cuts you to your hearts because I tell you the truth concerning your iniquities.
  •  Yea, and my words fill you with wonder and amazement, and with anger.
  •  But I finish my message; and then it matters not whither I go, if it so be that I am saved.
  •  10 But this much I tell you, what you do with me, after this, shall be as a type and a shadow of things which are to come.
  •  11 And now I read unto you the remainder of thecommandments 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.
  •  12 And now, ye remember that I said unto you: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of things which are in heaven above, or which are in the earth beneath, or which are in the water under the earth.
  •  13 And again: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me;
  •  14 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
  •  15 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  •  16 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  •  17 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work;
  •  18 But the seventh day, the sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates;
  •  19 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is; wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
  •  20 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
  •  21 Thou shalt not kill.
  •  22 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.
  •  23 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  •  24 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.
  •  25 And it came to pass that after Abinadi had made an end of these sayings that he said unto them: Have yetaught this people that they should observe to do all these things for to keep these commandments?
  •  26 I say unto you, Nay; for if ye had, the Lord would not have caused me to come forth and to prophesy evil concerning this people.
  •  27 And now ye have said that salvation cometh by the law of Moses. I say unto you that it is expedient that ye should keep the law of Moses as yet; but I say unto you, that the time shall come when it shall no more be expedient to keep the law of Moses.
  •  28 And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses.
  •  29 And now I say unto you that it was expedient that there should be a law given to the children of Israel, yea, even a very strict law; for they were a stiffnecked people,quick to do iniquity, and slow to remember the Lord their God;
  •  30 Therefore there was a law given them, yea, a law of performances and of ordinances, a law which they were toobserve strictly from day to day, to keep them in remembrance of God and their duty towards him.
  •  31 But behold, I say unto you, that all these things weretypes of things to come.
  •  32 And now, did they understand the law? I say unto you, Nay, they did not all understand the law; and this because of the hardness of their hearts; for they understood not that there could not any man be saved except it were through the redemption of God.
  •  33 For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?
  •  34 Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?
  •  35 Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?
  • D&C 59:5–6  Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him.
  •  Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt notsteal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anythinglike unto it.
  • Matthew 22:36–40  36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
  •  37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thymind.
  •  38 This is the first and great commandment.
  •  39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  •  40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
  • Exodus 20:1–17  And God spake all these words, saying,
  •  I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
  •  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  •  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
  •  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting theiniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
  •  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
  •  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God invain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takethhis name in vain.
  •  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  •  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
  •  10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
  •  11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowedit.
  •  12 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
  •  13 Thou shalt not kill.
  •  14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  •  15 Thou shalt not steal.
  •  16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thyneighbour.
  •  17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing thatis thy neighbour’s.
  • Deuteronomy 5:6–21  ¶I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
  •  Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
  •  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
  •  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
  •  10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that loveme and keep my commandments.
  •  11 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  •  12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
  •  13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
  •  14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
  •  15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
  •  16 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
  •  17 Thou shalt not kill.
  •  18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
  •  19 Neither shalt thou steal.
  •  20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
  •  21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour’s.
  • Live the Law of Chastity
  • Jacob 2:28  28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
  • Mosiah 13:22  22 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.
  • Alma 39:3–5  And this is not all, my son. Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me; for thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel.
  •  Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son. Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted.
  •  Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominableabove all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?
  • 3 Nephi 12:27–30  27 Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery;
  •  28 But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart.
  •  29 Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffernone of these things to enter into your heart;
  •  30 For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.
  • D&C 42:22–24  22 Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shaltcleave unto her and none else.
  •  23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out.
  •  24 Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out.
  • D&C 63:16  16 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he thatlooketh on a woman to lust after her, or if any shall commit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have theSpirit, but shall deny the faith and shall fear.
  • Matthew 5:27–28  27 ¶Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
  •  28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on awoman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • Romans 1:26–32  26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
  •  27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
  •  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in theirknowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
  •  29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication,wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
  •  30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
  •  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
  •  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
  • Ephesians 5:3–5  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
  •  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
  •  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor uncleanperson, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath anyinheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Obey the Word of Wisdom
  • D&C 89 Section 89
  • Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result.
  • 1–9, The use of wine, strong drinks, tobacco, and hot drinks is proscribed; 10–17, Herbs, fruits, flesh, and grain are ordained for the use of man and of animals; 18–21, Obedience to gospel law, including the Word of Wisdom, brings temporal and spiritual blessings.
  •  A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—
  •  To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
  •  Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.
  •  Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I havewarned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—
  •  That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
  •  And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
  •  And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
  •  And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
  •  And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
  •  10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbsGod hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
  •  11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence andthanksgiving.
  •  12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;
  •  13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not beused, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
  •  14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
  •  15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
  •  16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruitof the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
  •  17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
  •  18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shallreceive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
  •  19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures ofknowledge, even hidden treasures;
  •  20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
  •  21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that thedestroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16–17  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that theSpirit of God dwelleth in you?
  •  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19–20  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  •  20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
  • Keep the Law of Tithing
  • Alma 13:15  15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.
  • Malachi 3:10  10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall notbe room enough to receive it.
  • Malachi 3:8  ¶Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
  • Tithing
  • D&C 119 Section 119
  • Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, July 8, 1838, in answer to his supplication: “O Lord! Show unto thy servants how much thou requirest of the properties of thy people for a tithing.” The law of tithing, as understood today, had not been given to the Church previous to this revelation. The term tithing in the prayer just quoted and in previous revelations (64:23; 85:3; 97:11) had meant not just one-tenth, but all free-will offerings, or contributions, to the Church funds. The Lord had previously given to the Church the law of consecration and stewardship of property, which members (chiefly the leading elders) entered into by a covenant that was to be everlasting. Because of failure on the part of many to abide by this covenant, the Lord withdrew it for a time and gave instead the law of tithing to the whole Church. The Prophet asked the Lord how much of their property He required for sacred purposes. The answer was this revelation.
  • 1–5, The Saints are to pay their surplus property and then give, as tithing, one-tenth of their interest annually; 6–7, Such a course will sanctify the land of Zion.
  •  Verily, thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplusproperty to be put into the hands of the bishop of my church in Zion,
  •  For the building of mine house, and for the laying of the foundation of Zion and for the priesthood, and for the debts of the Presidency of my Church.
  •  And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people.
  •  And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.
  •  Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you.
  •  And I say unto you, if my people observe not this law, to keep it holy, and by this law sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statutes and my judgments may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy, behold, verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion unto you.
  •  And this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion. Even so. Amen.
  • D&C 120 Section 120
  • Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, July 8, 1838, making known the disposition of the properties tithed as named in the preceding revelation, section 119.
  •  Verily, thus saith the Lord, the time is now come, that itshall be disposed of by a council, composed of the First Presidency of my Church, and of the bishop and his council, and by my high council; and by mine own voice unto them, saith the Lord. Even so. Amen.
  • Hebrews 7:1–2  For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
  •  To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
  • Genesis 14:18–20  18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
  •  19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
  •  20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave himtithes of all.
  • Leviticus 27:30–33  30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.
  •  31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
  •  32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock,even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.
  •  33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
  • Malachi 3:7–12  ¶Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Returnunto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
  •  ¶Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
  •  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, eventhis whole nation.
  •  10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall notbe room enough to receive it.
  •  11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
  •  12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
  • Faith
  • 3 Nephi 13:33  33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Ether 12:6  And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witnessuntil after the trial of your faith.

Observe the Law of the Fast

  • Fasting
  • Omni 1:26  26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye shouldcome unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as anoffering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.
  • Alma 5:45–46  45 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?
  •  46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
  • Alma 6:6  Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join infasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.
  • Alma 17:2–3  Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
  •  But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
  • Moroni 6:5  And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
  • D&C 88:76  76 Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.
  • D&C 59:12–16  12 But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
  •  13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thyfasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.
  •  14 Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
  •  15 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances, not with muchlaughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance—
  •  16 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
  • Matthew 6:1–4, 16–18  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
  •  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
  •  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
  •  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
  •  16 ¶Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, Theyhave their reward.
  •  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
  •  18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
  • Isaiah 58:6–11   Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bandsof wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
  •  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
  •  ¶Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lordshall be thy rearward.
  •  Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
  •  10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
  •  11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
  • Caring for the Poor
  • Mosiah 4:16–27  16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
  •  17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
  •  18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
  •  19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
  •  20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
  •  21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
  •  22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
  •  23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
  •  24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I havenot, but if I had I would give.
  •  25 And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
  •  26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walkguiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
  •  27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom andorder; for it is not requisite that a man should run fasterthan he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
  • Mosiah 18:8–10  And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
  •  Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
  •  10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into acovenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
  • Alma 4:12–13  12 Yea, he saw great inequality among the people, some lifting themselves up with their pride, despising others, turning their backs upon the needy and the naked and those who were hungry, and those who were athirst, and those who were sick and afflicted.
  •  13 Now this was a great cause for lamentations among the people, while others were abasing themselves, succoring those who stood in need of their succor, such as imparting their substance to the poor and the needy, feeding the hungry, and suffering all manner of afflictions, for Christ’ssake, who should come according to the spirit of prophecy;
  • Matthew 25:34–46  34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdomprepared for you from the foundation of the world:
  •  35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
  •  36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visitedme: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
  •  37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
  •  38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
  •  39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
  •  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of theleast of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  •  41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, preparedfor the devil and his angels:
  •  42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
  •  43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
  •  44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
  •  45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
  •  46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
  • James 1:27  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in theiraffliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  • Isaiah 58:3–12  ¶Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye findpleasure, and exact all your labours.
  •  Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
  •  Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
  •  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bandsof wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
  •  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
  •  ¶Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lordshall be thy rearward.
  •  Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
  •  10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
  •  11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
  •  12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Obey and Honor the Law

  • D&C 58:21  21 Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.
  • D&C 98:5  And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
  • D&C 130:20–21  20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
  •  21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is byobedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
  • D&C 134 Section 134
  • A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general, adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio, August 17, 1835. Many Saints gathered together to consider the proposed contents of the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. At that time, this declaration was given the following preamble: “That our belief with regard to earthly governments and laws in general may not be misinterpreted nor misunderstood, we have thought proper to present, at the close of this volume, our opinion concerning the same.”
  • 1–4, Governments should preserve freedom of conscience and worship; 5–8, All men should uphold their governments and owe respect and deference to the law; 9–10, Religious societies should not exercise civil powers; 11–12, Men are justified in defending themselves and their property.
  •  We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
  •  We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
  •  We believe that all governments necessarily require civilofficers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.
  •  We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.
  •  We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition andrebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.
  •  We believe that every man should be honored in his station, rulers and magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty; and that to the laws all men owe respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.
  •  We believe that rulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of allcitizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence are shown to the laws and such religious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.
  •  We believe that the commission of crime should bepunished according to the nature of the offense; that murder, treason, robbery, theft, and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offense is committed; and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing offenders against good laws to punishment.
  •  We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.
  •  10 We believe that all religious societies have a right to deal with their members for disorderly conduct, accordingto the rules and regulations of such societies; provided that such dealings be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s goods, or to put them in jeopardy of either life or limb, or to inflict any physical punishment upon them. They can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from them their fellowship.
  •  11 We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in defendingthemselves, their friends, and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.
  •  12 We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to interfere with bond-servants, neither preach the gospel to, nor baptize them contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to meddle with or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situations in this life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men; such interference we believe to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every government allowing human beings to be held in servitude.
  • Articles of Faith 1:12  12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining thelaw.
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