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"If Ye Keep the Commandments of God, Ye Shall Be Saved," Mosiah 12:33-37

Mosiah 12:33-37

A review of the ten commandments would seem to be a bit elementary for this seasoned student of the scriptures. Yet, I am finding that I cannot casually gloss over them.

Abinadi introduces the ten commandments as a starting point of "common" ground. Not that the priests of Noah were teaching or applying such principles, but it was familiar to them, or would be once Abinadi reminded them of it.

Abinadi presents the first two commandments to prove to these priests their deviation from the commandments of God.
  • Thou shalt have no other God before me. (Notably distinct from the Exodus translation wherein it reads "gods.")
  • Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing in heaven above, or things which are in the earth beneath.
I find it interesting that when the Lord gave these commandments to Moses, he prefaced them with a reminder to remember their deliverance from bondage. Gratitude for blessings received is a powerful motivator to continue to do right, when no other motivation seems logical or significant.  It is on this platform that the Lord issued the ten commandments.