Obedience

March 07, 2020 11:00 AM MST
This article originally ran on LDS Living in March 2018.
9 Min Read
July 19, 2019 05:08 PM MDT
Have you ever had this happen before? It’s dinner time and you’re about to dig into your favorite meal. You scoop your plate full of food only to discover, to your disappointment, that you get full before you can finish it all. I have. And it’s a sad feeling.
9 Min Read
June 21, 2019 04:00 AM MDT
I have a little confession: I don’t always follow the posted speed limit when I drive. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a compulsive speeder, nor do I treat driving like I’m auditioning for the next Fast and Furious movie. It’s just that when I’m driving, I don’t always pay as close attention to the speed limit as I probably should. In fact, most of the time, I just match the pace set by everyone else on the road around me. I quite literally follow the crowd. And when I catch myself in the act—usually when I spot a police car up ahead and reflexively hit the brakes—it’s then I notice how fast I was really going, and that I could have gotten into trouble.
13 Min Read
April 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Maps are awesome. I mean, think about it: someone with so much more knowledge and experience than us took the time to measure, calculate, and draw the terrain and roads. They added towns and cities, miles and landmarks, and roads of all kinds. They even added the N on top so everyone else in the world—who isn’t my husband—can know where north is. Through their efforts, they have unlocked a world of driving and destinations for me. Because of them, I don’t have to be lost (as much). Because of them, I can know exactly how to get where I want to go.
8 Min Read
By  Jon Cooper
December 08, 2018 03:00 PM MST
I saw a post a while ago that has stuck with me for months. This post referenced a choice someone had made—a choice contrary to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which they claim membership. After explaining their choice and their feelings surrounding it, they shared that they found peace in their choice by focusing on Heavenly Father’s love for them. They had determined that God’s love and their own happiness was the most important part of this situation.
5 Min Read
December 27, 2017 02:15 PM MST
Do you remember when President Uchtdorf told us about the bumper sticker he saw tacked onto the end of a car whose driver seemed to be a "little rough around the edges"?
7 Min Read
Fun
November 18, 2017 02:33 PM MST
I’ll admit it: I grew up thinking that Coke and other caffeinated drinks were frowned upon by the Church. I knew it wasn’t explicitly against the Word of Wisdom, so when asked why I wouldn’t drink anything caffeinated, I would say I didn’t enjoy the taste. But the reality is that I was mostly avoiding the caffeine. I thought drinking it was wrong.
1 Min Read
May 25, 2017 09:34 AM MDT
Every Latter-day Saint absolutely needs daily personal revelation to stay steadfast on the path of discipleship. Our spiritual survival depends on it. Personal revelation need not be dramatic or life-changing. It simply needs to be consistent. Some of the most helpful revelations are overlooked because of their frequency and simplicity. A college student shared this entry from her personal journal following a class discussion on personal revelation:
8 Min Read
By  Zack Oates
May 16, 2017 08:59 AM MDT
I grew up the son of a professional football player father and a mother who was a model. And while I, unfortunately, inherited my dad’s looks and mother’s athletic ability—I did learn that I can accomplish a lot by working hard and doing the right thing.
3 Min Read
April 29, 2017 12:00 PM MDT
Mormon, our beloved narrative guide through the Book of Mormon, was described by Ammaron, another record keeper, this way, “I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe” (Mormon 1:2).
5 Min Read
By  LDS Living
February 21, 2017 07:32 PM MST
At some point, some of us have encountered a child who just doesn't want to obey.
1 Min Read
By  LDS Living
October 28, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
The First Presidency message for October 2016 included eight excerpts from President Thomas S. Monson's teachings about the blessings and importance of obedience.
1 Min Read
August 24, 2016 01:38 PM MDT
With a renewed focus on Sabbath day observance, many wards and branches have instituted ways to improve their Sunday worship services. From devotionals to bishops' notes in the ward newsletter, the worldwide Church places a strong emphasis on keeping the Sabbath day holy.
2 Min Read
November 07, 2015 04:58 PM MST
Why does God give us commandments? How does keeping them help us? LDS Youth recently posted two new videos that answer these complicated questions in a way that is so simple and so poignant, the answers are bound to stick with you!
1 Min Read
September 18, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
This fall, more than 1 million youth will don pads, buckle up the chin strap, and suit up to play high school football. I used to be one of those kids. At that time, not much else in life mattered.
5 Min Read
July 29, 2015 08:14 PM MDT
MR says: Are there ways we could be sabotaging our own happiness without even realizing it?
1 Min Read
July 23, 2015 02:47 PM MDT
The Lord has provided measures to help keep missionaries safe from spiritual and physical hazards, Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy and Executive Director of the Missionary Department said during the 2015 Seminar for New Mission Presidents held in the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 25.
1 Min Read
July 18, 2015 09:03 AM MDT
If we were to line up a dozen mission presidents and ask them the question, “Of all the important attributes a missionary can possess, which are the three most important to develop?” I’m confident that all would include in their reply the attribute of obedience.
5 Min Read
June 20, 2015 04:05 AM MDT
Conference Talk:
5 Min Read
May 07, 2015 02:32 PM MDT
Can Latter-day Saints fulfill their roles as citizens in the societies where they live and also be true to their faith? Some may question the very premise — why must there be tension between church and country? Religion and government can’t ignore each other, nor need they be enemies. The spheres of spirituality and law differ, but they cooperate best when freedom of conscience and the common good make space one for another.
1 Min Read
By  LDS Living
January 02, 2015 04:00 PM MST
The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Obedient Son
2 Min Read
December 12, 2014 04:08 PM MST
I used to think that I was some kind of modern-day superhero. Not the kind that wears a cape, but more like a person that fixes everyone else’s problems. In my leadership roles, I noticed those that were struggling and would either 1. Beat myself up that they made choices that lead to unhappiness or 2. Wonder how I could keep everyone happy all the time. I wanted to save everyone.
1 Min Read
November 10, 2014 06:33 PM MST
I think that the teaching of “staying in the boat” is effective because it is so visual. We can relate to it.
1 Min Read
November 07, 2014 04:42 PM MST
What's It Like To Be a Mormon in the Entertainment Business?
1 Min Read
October 20, 2014 08:05 AM MDT
Conference Talk:
5 Min Read
August 19, 2014 08:26 PM MDT
Of course, it’s hard to nail down something as “the most valuable” lesson learned on my mission when I learned so much. As I think back on what I’ve learned over the past two years, many things come to mind. First is scriptural knowledge that comes from reading, studying, and pondering. Then there comes learning by faith, which Elder David A. Bednar speaks of often.
1 Min Read
Fun
July 22, 2014 04:27 PM MDT
Dear Angela,
1 Min Read
June 11, 2014 03:34 PM MDT
Thirty-four conversion stories were published last week for the Third Annual Hug a Convert Day. Thirty-four! Each one unique and wonderful. But this year, more than the previous two, there was an unmistakeable thread that ran though many of them. Did you notice?
1 Min Read
Fun
June 02, 2014 04:13 PM MDT
It's not uncommon to see missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walking down the street, traveling in pairs and wearing white shirts and dark slacks for the men, skirts and dresses for the women — regardless of the temperature.
1 Min Read
May 23, 2014 02:07 PM MDT
What if I know someone is doing things that are wrong but he is still passing the sacrament and going to the temple? Should I tell his bishop?
1 Min Read
August 13, 2013 03:58 PM MDT
Nearly a year has passed since President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the historic change to the church’s missionary program. It’s become known colloquially as the “age change” — meaning that worthy young men are eligible to serve at the age of 18 instead of 19 and after graduating from high school. Young women are now invited to serve at 19 instead of 21. While serving as a young man — and later teaching for a short time at the Mission Training Center in Provo, and even now having Mormon missionaries into my home as often as possible and working with them at every opportunity — I’ve learned a few things about the differences between happy, successful missionaries and the unpleasant alternatives.
1 Min Read
August 15, 2012 04:05 AM MDT
Helaman 6-12
8 Min Read
March 07, 2012 05:05 AM MST
Jacob 1-4
9 Min Read
February 01, 2012 07:47 PM MST
2 Nephi 3-5
10 Min Read
January 25, 2012 05:06 AM MST
Preparation: Obtain a bean bag and two buckets or baskets. Label one bucket, “YES” and the other bucket, “NO.”
2 Min Read
January 25, 2012 05:05 AM MST
2 Nephi 1, 2
11 Min Read
August 17, 2011 04:04 AM MDT
Manual 3; Supplement from "We Are Doing a Great Work and Cannot Come Down," by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
1 Min Read
February 18, 2011 03:43 PM MST
Last fall, I pruned the two apple trees in my back yard. One damp day this winter, I drove down to the nearby fire station to check on the legality of burning the pile of dried-out branches. The fireman I spoke with told me that it was illegal. “What if I built a fire with the branches, then roasted marshmallows on it? Is that legal?” I asked.
1 Min Read