May 28, 2013

All that He Requires

Scripture of the Day:  "And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should proser in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hat said; therefore if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you."  -Mosiah 2:22, The Book of Mormon

For some reason I was dumbfounded at the phrase "all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments"  To some it may seem like an impossible task, but today it seemed very do-able to me.

Of course, I am not perfect at keeping the commandments, but it doesn't say we have to be.

I am reminded of this quote to back this idea of not being perfect at everything (commandments) all at once:
We need not worry if we can't simultaneously do all of the thing that the Lord has counseled us to do.  He has spoken of a time and a season for all things.  In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life.    -For Peace at Home, Richard G. Scott 
We are promised that if we keep the commandments we will be blessed and prospered.  Its not till the end of the same chapter that these blessing are laid more specifically.

"And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of neverending happiness.  O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."  -Mosiah 2:41, The Book of Mormon

These are the blessing listed:

For the our life on earth-
-We are in a happy state (who doesn't want to be happy)
-Blessed in all things, temporal and spiritual

For our eternal destiny-
-Received into heaven
-Dwell with God in a state of neverending happiness

I feel very hopeful that I can do my part by keeping the commandments, and I know without doubt that God will keep His word to grant these blessings.

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