I determined to study Obedience for my scripture study this week. I know I personally need to be more obedient to gospel teachings, and inspiration received from the Holy Spirit. I do believe my heroes are mostly obedient people. I love stories about Moses, Elisha, Nephi and George Washington; who were all obedient in a strict sense. They did not cut corners and rationalize reasons to disobey, but studied out the course and followed it. Today in Sunday school I received this set of keys for personal inspiration leading to obedience and holding fast to the iron rod:
2) Ponder and Meditate
3) Ask of God
5) Humility and Meekness
6) Focus on God
Many people feel that the commandments are burdensome and that they limit freedom and personal growth. But the Savior taught that true freedom comes only from following Him: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31–32). God gives commandments for our benefit. They are loving instructions for our happiness and for our physical and spiritual well-being.
I have worked for some great men and the 3 most memorable were Ross Patterson at Pat’s Bicycles, Earl Taylor Jr at Heritage Academy and Craig Shumway at the Mesa Temple. They all seemed to share a dedication to applying the principles of the workplace, ones that make success happen, daily to their work. They all communicated with their employees and inspired them to follow the program and do their best. These men inspired me to want to be my best and to follow the right principles that made them happier and more successful than most people I knew.
Alma 30:8 “For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.”
This applies to obedience as we are given a choice to obey God or to obey Satan. Agency or freedom is a very important part of obedience. If a person is compelled to obey for fear of prison, loss of possessions or death he is not really making a clear choice. If we make a choice to obey God even while the world is saying it does not matter we have made a clear choice. Satan says “any way the wind blows” as a direction for choice, meaning that there is no right or wrong. God gives a firm and never changing set of rules for choice. Satan would fool us into not even having agency or an informed choice in matters with lies and miss information. Heavenly Father tells us that sorrow follows wrong choices but true happiness follows right choices, which empowers us as we decide to obey or not.
Moroni 7:15 ” 15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.”