The Commandments of God

Jesus calling some apostles
To understand why God has given us commandments it’s important to know what the gospel of Jesus Christ is and what the purpose of our existence is. For that, see my page on the lessons of the gospel as taught by Mormon missionaries.

The word gospel means the good news. In other words, the gospel of Jesus Christ, or the good news, is this: God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world so that all of us (God’s children) could have the possibility to return to live with Him. The commandments of God are God’s method of helping us stay on the path that leads to happiness, and ultimately back to His presence.

God has given many commandments to His children. I know that many are inclined to view the commandments as restrictions, when in reality they are a road map to a life of freedom and happiness. As we live the commandments we show God that we love Him by our obedience.

Below is a list of some of the more “notable” commandments of God, which Mormons are taught to follow.

The Ten Commandments

Though given anciently to the prophet Moses, the Ten Commandments still have value in our modern world. Read More »

Prayer

Prayer is communication with God, our father. We are commanded to pray to God at all times and in all places. Read More »

Study the Scriptures (God’s Word)

The scriptures are the word of God. To many individuals, that entails the Holy Bible. Mormons read from the Bible in addition to other books they consider scripture, including the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

This commandment is one of the original Ten Commandments given to Moses and it is still just as important today. In ancient times, the Sabbath was on Saturday. Once Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion (Sunday) the Sabbath became Sunday. Observing the Sabbath Day to keep it holy involves us taking a break from the normal affairs of our daily lives; it involves us attending church, studying the gospel, being with family, and otherwise drawing closer to God.

Baptism and Confirmation

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was baptized? After all, baptism is for the remission of sins and yet, Jesus was sinless. He was baptized to show us the way, to be obedient to God’s commandments. Likewise, we must be baptized by one holding the proper authority. After we are baptized we are to be confirmed and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!

~ 2 Nephi 31:5, Book of Mormon

Follow the Prophet

A prophet is a person that is called of God to give guidance and direction to His children. There is a prophet in our day that provides guidance, direction and counsel. Read More »

The Law of Chastity

In today’s sexually perverse pop-culture, chastity is seldom “popular.” It is nevertheless important. Chastity includes strict abstinence from sexual relations before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage. It also includes purity in thought and action and in the way we dress. And in today’s world, living God’s law of chastity must also include a decision to avoid pornography at all costs. Read More »

The Word of Wisdom

The Word of Wisdom is the Lord’s law of health given as a guide on what we should and should not eat, and what substances are harmful to our bodies, including alcohol, tea, coffee and tobacco. Read More »

The Law of the Fast

Many people participate in fasting outside of a religious context, which is simply going without food or drink for a period of time. But in a religious sense, fasting involves not only going without food but also includes praying for a specific purpose. Great spiritual blessings can be obtained with fasting and prayer. Mormon congregations set aside one Sunday worship service each month (usually the first Sunday of the month) for fasting and prayer and specifically for members of the congregation to stand and share their own personal witness of the Savior and his gospel.

Donate Tithes and Offerings

Paying a tithe is not difficult when you recognize that all that we have and are comes from God. Tithing involves paying 10% of our increase. In other words, with all that God gives us, He ask that we give a tenth back. Our tithing money is used strictly for strengthening the Church and is never used as a payment to Church leaders or officials, who serve as lay clergy. (Read Malachi 3: 8-11).

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2 thoughts on “The Commandments of God”

  1. If the Ten Commandments are the lesser law of God what is the higher law of God. And where is this noted in the Bible.

    1. Jesus Christ and his gospel that he taught is the higher law. The lesser law was the Law of Moses. References to this can be found throughout the New Testament. For example, Jesus taught in Matthew 5:27-28 “(27) Ye have hear that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: (28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Or, in verses 38-42, (38) Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: (39) But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (40) And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. (41) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. (42) Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

      Those are just 2 examples. But the entirety of the New Testament represents the higher law that Christ established — his gospel. The Old Testament is God’s old covenant or law. The New Testament is God’s new covenant or law. It’s not to say that the 10 Commandments are irrelevant (they’re not!) but Christ has taught us a higher way to live and to follow him that build off these commandments.

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