with a steadfastness in Christ,
having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men.
Wherefore, if ye shall press forward,
feasting upon the word of Christ,
and endure to the end,
behold, thus saith the Father:
Ye shall have eternal life."
A few weeks go by and everyone has respect for your child's sacrifice, and everyone honors the day that was set apart. But then the next week comes and as you sit on your porch you see someone mowing their lawn. This is against the law of observance instated for your child. How would you react to see them working on that day, rather than just doing it the day before or the day after? You would probably not be pleased with the way they ignored what your child had done for them.
This is how our Heavenly Father feels when we don't pay proper respect each week for the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ came and suffered for us, and has asked that we set apart one day each week to honor Him.
Truth is a knowledge of things as they really are, were, and will be. It does not change with conditions or time. Truth is the same in every age and culture. God is the source of all truth. We can have faith in Him because we know He will teach us only truth. God wants all His children to know the truth. Therefore, He reveals the truths necessary for salvation through prophets and apostles. He reveals truth to us personally through the scriptures and personal revelation.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Other 'gods' may include possessions, power, authority, or vain ambitions.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet.
These Ten Commandments are still effective today. It will never be acceptable to go lie, cheat, and steal just because you wanted to. To kill someone is the worst sin possible other than denying the Holy Ghost.
Tithing means one-tenth, and the Lord has commanded us to give a tenth of our increase, which is understood to mean income, that we may be blessed. The law of tithing gives us the opportunity to help build His kingdom. Our tithes are holy to the Lord, and we honor Him by paying tithing. God promises to abundantly bless those who pay an honest tithe. Those who do not pay tithing rob God (see Malachi 3:8). They keep for themselves something that rightfully belongs to Him. We should seek first the kingdom of God, and tithing is an important way of doing that. Paying tithing is an expression of our faith. It is an outward sign of our belief in God and His work.
Tithing funds are used to support the ongoing activities of the Church, such as building and maintaining temples and meetinghouses, carrying the gospel to all the world, conducting temple and family history work, youth programs, and many other worldwide activities. Tithing does not pay local Church leaders, they serve without receiving payment of any kind.
Latter-day Saints everywhere believe in obeying the laws of the country in which they live. Members of the Church are counseled to be good citizens, to participate in civil government and the political process, and to render community service. They do so, however, as concerned citizens, not as representatives of the Church.
"And when we obtain any blessing from God,
it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
-- Doctrine and Covenants 130:21
So by obedience we obtain blessings, and by disobedience we receive punishment. Sir Isaac Newton 'discovered' that, "For every action the is an equal and opposite reaction." So any punishment enforced by law must be in opposition of what we did wrong, and equal to the crime.
In order to obey all of the laws of the land we must develop patience. If we are too anxious to do whatever we want we usually end up getting into mischief. But if we wait for the next paycheck, we won't be stealing something from the store. If we are patient we won't be speeding down the highway as fast as possible. If we are patient we won't be upset when the movie, concert, or party we are attending starts late.
|Sometimes it can be very difficult to remain patient and obey the law.|