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Obediance to God
To keep our baptismal covenant and enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost, we must strive to obey all the commandments of God. The commandments are not restrictions, but are actually directions. They point out the path we must follow to gain peace and true happiness. God has reaffirmed in our day that he expects us to obey his commandments. To disobey God leads to unhappiness. To embrace his commandments brings happiness in this life and eternal life with him.
God gives us commandments to point out the way we can return to him:
Proverbs 6:23 "For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:"
Psalms 119:105-6 "O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments."
Alma 37:44 "For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land."
Only by obeying the commandments of God can we find lasting peace and happiness:
Isaiah 57:21 "[There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
1 Nephi 17:3 "And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness."
Mosiah 2:32-33, 41 " But, O my people, beware lest there shall arise contentions among you, and ye list to obey the evil spirit, which was spoken of by my father Mosiah. For behold, there is a wo pronounced upon him who listeth to obey that spirit; for if he listeth to obey him, and remaineth and dieth in his sins, the same drinketh damnation to his own soul; for he receiveth for his wages an everlasting punishment, having transgressed the law of God contrary to his own knowledge...And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."
Helaman 13:38 " But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head."
The disobediant and unrepentant will not be saved in their sins:
1 Nephi 15:32-33 "And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation. Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also."
Alma 11:37, 41 "And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins... Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works."
What Can You Do to Prepare for Baptism?
1. Read the Book of Mormon. For a free copy of the Book of Mormon, call 1-800-528-2225.
Discuss what you have read with a member of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.
2. Pray for the desire and the strength to obey the commandments of God.
3. Pray earnestly to know whether you should be baptized and become a member of THE CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.
4. Attend worship services of the Church with a Church member.
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