Levels of obedience

We are all probably familiar with the 10 Commandments. Whether we believe that they are from God, guidelines to a better life, or a nuisance is up to each of us. As I thought about the commandments God has given us I realized none of us are on the same path. There are at least four different levels of obedience. Let’s use the example of taking cookies out of a cookie jar to demonstrate each level.

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General Conference thoughts: Consistent and Resilient Trust

There is the simple but effective trust exercise that involves having one person fall back into the arms of another. It is difficult to do in church though especially when volunteers are in church dress. But another simple exercise of trust might be to ask a a willing volunteer (someone who does not embarrass easily) to stand in front with her eyes closed. Have her hold a bowl and let her know her bowl will be filled. But don’t tell her when and let her stand there while you share a story. Let it take awhile so that she might be tempted to open her eyes to see if you have forgotten about her. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ and Our Campfire of Faith

by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

and Elder Gerrit W. Gong

This morning I read the account of the people of Alma living in the land of Helam.  They had broken apart from the people of King Noah and joined in covenant to live the law of the Lord.  They were free, industrious, and happy.  But then the Lamanites found them and they were forced to live in bondage. While in bondage their taskmasters were severe and made life difficult for them.  The Lord strengthened them so that they could endure their trials and eventually they were delivered from bondage and joined King Mosiah in the land of Zarahemla. (Mosiah 23-24) Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Small and Simple Things

by President Dallin H. Oaks

Everything we need to know we learned in primary.  The primary or standard answers are always the answer because they truly are the answer.  Scripture study. Prayer. Church. Temple.  These are the things we need to make time for because these small acts done daily, weekly for church attendance, or as often as possible for temple attendance is what will determine our grasp on the iron rod and the pathway to the Tree of Life. Continue reading