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"A Covenant with God," Mosiah 6

Mosiah 6

At the beginning of the chapter, "king Benjamin thought it was expedient... that he should take the names of all those who had entered into a covenant with God to keep his commandments." There is a footnote that leads to Doctrine and Covenants 128:8 where it speaks of the relationship between records made on earth and records made in heaven. It impresses me, then, the importance of the priesthood in the maintenance of the records and ordinances of the Church.

The relationship of making covenants to keep the commandments is also noteworthy. To help the people in this covenant, Benjamin consecrated priests with the purpose of teaching the people how to continue keeping the commandments. It is curious that to assist in keeping the commandments, they made covenants.

I'm contemplating the process in which one arrives at that point of wanting to make a covenant to keep the commandments. This can only happen when one has listened to the words of Christ, whether from hearing the preaching of the Word or by studying the Word. When one listens or studies sincerely, one feels a desire to change. One comes to realize that the only way that we can change is through an effort to keep the commandments of God. Human nature is to forget those things that are important. However, God has given us covenants to remind us of His commandments, given to help us become like Him.