30 June 2011

"They Wandered Many Days in the Wilderness," Mosiah 7:1-5

Mosiah 7:1-5

In all reality, these verses at the beginning of this chapter would have no significance to me, if it where not for the circumstances that I find myself in at present. Ammon and the other members of his company wondered without direction for forty days (verse 4). On occasion, we receive commandments that require that we go out into the wilderness without direction. We don't know how to fulfill the commandment, but we go anyways.

This is contrary to the line of thought we should wait to keep the commandments until we have received direction from the Spirit as to how to keep the commandments. Even more common is the thought that we should wait until circumstances are better or more convenient to keep the commandments. Many times, the essential guiding influence that we need to keep the commandments doesn't come until after we have started to do so.

26 June 2011

"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.

08 June 2011

Mosiah 5

Mosiah 5

This particular chapter has impacted me in a particularly personal way. I've taken a few personal notes, but have otherwise chosen not to publish a blog post about this particular chapter. Thank you.