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7 Beautiful Commandments We Sometimes Forget Are Commandments


4. Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Feeling constantly tired and drained of energy? Sometimes this is just a condition of the stage of life we're currently in (I wouldn't dare site the following scripture to the parents of a newborn), but God has given us a commandment that will bring vitality and rejuvenation back into our lives. Here it is from D&C 88:124:

“Cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.” 

Guess what's great? God doesn't give us a specific time. He knows that our bodies are each wired a bit differently, that we have different jobs and responsibilities, and that societal activities (even church activities) are usually scheduled for evenings rather than mornings. So, knowing that the word "early" will mean something different to each of us, God has given us the commandment and the blessing: if we go to bed early and get up early, our bodies and our minds will be "invigorated." 

Elder Richard G. Scott said, "Exercise, reasonable amounts of sleep, and good eating habits increase our capacity to receive and understand revelation." Our temporal and spiritual selves are intricately connected, and taking good care of our physical bodies will help us as we strive to grow spiritually and be instruments for good. 

According to an Ensign article from March 1999, Marion G. Romney was given advice from Elder Harold B. Lee about how to be a successful General Authority. The advice was this:

"If you are to be successful as a General Authority, you will need to be inspired. You will need to receive revelation. I will give you one piece of advice: Go to bed early and get up early. If you do, your body and mind will become rested, and then in the quiet of those early-morning hours, you will receive more flashes of insight and inspiration than at any other time of the day.”
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