Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gospel Principles

So I was issued a challenge, one that has made me realize how much more I get to learn, especially about the gospel. 
So the challenge was, when reading scriptures always go with a question. I have heard this concept before, but I'm not always the best with follow through when it comes to good ideas, haha. Anyway, the thought is that when you go to the scriptures with a question you can be inspired to find out what the Lord wants you to know. Once this revelation is received write it on a piece of paper, put it in your pocket and ponder it all day. Okay so I am new at this, today was my first day, but I am SO excited!! 
I was reading Mormon chapter 1 and I came with the question, what gospel principle is being taught in this chapter? Almost instantly, the thought "obedience" came to me. As I began to ponder this through out the day, I realized quite a few things. I realized that while some people feel being "obedient" takes away freedom, I believe it affords me so much MORE freedom than I can imagine.
Obedience to the Word of Wisdom, allows me to have a healthier mind and body, it also allows me to be free from addiction to substances tthat harm me.
Obedience to the law of chastity, allows me, yet again, to have a healthy body, mind, spirit, and virtue. This helps me to have a clear conscience and a greater sense of self worth.
Obedience to the commandments of God, allows me to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This blesses me in so many ways. To be able to have guidance in decisions in my daily life, and in the bigger choices in my life. The spirit also blesses me with comfort, understanding, and personal revelation that will help me make it back to my Heavenly Father.
Obedience to laws of the land. When I follow the laws of the land I am kept safer, I enjoy freedoms by obeying these laws. 
Obedience to our parents (okay, so maybe this makes more sense in reference to children and youth). This allows us to learn from our parents mistakes, to be protected when they see the bigger picture that we cannot see. 
I'm sure there are many more I forgot, and many more I will think of, but I'm slightly distracted by the Olympics. I LOVE them!!! Go Team USA!!!! :)

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