Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

The Price of Obedience

 Exodus 21:27 - Exodus 25:38

In our home when we speak of obedience it always includes a tag line, “Are you above the law?”

For instance, when my kids ask, Why do I have to drive 25 miles an hour? or Can I go to the dance before I am 16?

The answer consists of the same five words… Are you above the law?

It is a quick reminder that the law given to the whole must apply to the individual.

Sometimes living within the law feels like a sacrifice.  But we must remember that there is safety in obedience.  Ever more important, we must remember that blessings from God are predicated upon our obedience.  (D&C 130:21)

 

 Yesterday afternoon as twilight began to fall we left our home and gathered with the Saints in the Conference Center so we could listen to an apostle of the Lord.

He asked us not to lie, cheat, steal or act immorally.

He reminded us to pray, to take care of our body, to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

He counseled us not to fill our mind with unholy things.

He said, “In order to be happy you must pay the price of obedience.”

Through him the Lord gave counsel with a promise; Learning to listen to the Holy Ghost is the quest of a lifetime.  When you learn how to do that you can live in enemy territory and not be deceived or destroyed.

He gave us one way to obtain safety.

 

One way to obtain a priceless blessing from the Lord.

In the time of Moses, the people gathered together so they could listen to a prophet of the Lord.

He asked them not to follow a multitude to do evil. (Exodus 23:2)

He reminded them to keep far from false matters, to rest on the Sabbath, to care for the widows and the fatherless.  (Exodus 23:7 & 12, Exodus 22:22)

He counseled them not to oppress the heart of a stranger, for they knew the heart of a stranger because they had been strangers in the land of Egypt.  (Exodus 23:9)

And the people said, “All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.”  (Exodus 24:7)

Through Moses the Lord gave counsel with a promise; “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”  (Exodus 23:20)

He gave them a way to obtain safety.

A way to obtain a priceless blessing from the Lord.

Tonight my thoughts are centered upon obedience.

The laws.

The blessings.

For it is the same today as it was in times of old. The Lord speaks through His prophets ––sending counsel, requiring obedience, extending promises.

In this there is safety.

In this there is peace.

“As we walk in obedience to the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ,

we enjoy a continual flow of blessings promised by God…

In times of distress, let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience be exact.

Then you can ask in faith, nothing wavering, according to your need, and God will answer.

He will bless you in “good measure, pressed down, …shaken together, and running over.”

(Elder D. Todd Christofferson, The Power of Covenants, April 2009)

Emily Freeman