Nephi concludes his first book of scripture with a testament to the power of obedience.
“[I]f ye shall be obedient to the commandments, and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day. And thus it is. Amen.” (1 Nephi 22:31)
Below are some of God’s commandments as found in the first 22 chapters of the Book of Mormon (the portion of the book that has been covered by this blog so far).
“Condemn not the things of God.” (from the ancient Introduction)
“Remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment.” (1 Nephi 10:20)
“Ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive.” (1 Nephi 15:11)
“Hear ye the words of the prophet.” (1 Nephi 19:24)
“Come near unto me.” (1 Nephi 20:16)
-How much more meaningful are our efforts to keep the commandments because of Christ and the Atonement He worked out in our behalf?
-Why is enduring to the end important?
Teachings of Latter-day Prophets, Seers, and Revelators:
“Obedience is powerful spiritual medicine. It comes close to being a cure-all” (Boyd K. Packer, “Balm of Gilead,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 18).
“The most important of all the commandments of God is that one that you are having the most difficulty keeping today. … Put that aright and then you start on the next one that is most difficult for you to keep. That’s the way to sanctify yourself by keeping the commandments of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee , 30).