Ah, obedience. It’s every adolescent’s favorite topic, isn’t it? When I think about my own conversations with my teenage daughters about issues of obedience, I think they most often want to know why. As I prepared this lesson, a couple of young women from my ward kept coming to mind—bright and inquisitive girls who are going through the process of asking obedience questions: why obey the commandments? What’s the point? What will happen if I don’t? I wanted to address those concerns in a real and convincing way.
This lesson actually does a lovely job beginning to answer those questions by discussing the relationship between obedience and testimony. Like the lesson on sacrifice a few weeks ago, the underlying theme this week is that obedience brings blessings and freedoms that surpass any perceived cost. The main point is that obedience and testimony are interrelated and feed each other.