Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obedience Leads to Happiness

Why should I choose to obey?  Why does God have to have so many rules?  Not going to lie these questions have crossed my mind before....but thankfully I have a little better idea why Heavenly Father gives us commandments.

Heavenly Father is just like any other parent, He sets rules (commandments) and invites us to follow them.  As we choose to obey happiness and blessings begin to come our way.  This idea of "obedience leads to happiness" was a hard lesson for me to swallow, but one that blesses me daily! Don't take my word for it, test it for yourself!

"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."

Life just goes better as we obey.  Heavenly Father knows the way all we have to do is choose to follow!

For more on the lesson of obedience check out the talk The Potter and the Clay

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  1. i know as a missionary the more I strive to be exactly obedient, the more blessings I have received. Obedience is where it's at.

  2. Great post Elder Bankhead; short, sweet, to the point. Liked the St Patrick green : )
    And I really like this quote from the talk you linked: “Now suppose I subject myself enough, in the hands of the potter, … He would make me into a vessel of honor.”—Heber C. Kimball