Saturday, November 7, 2015

Enemy Territory


This short video is so powerful.  I really appreciate how accurate it is for our day and age.  The war we face each day is real.

We need to follow the commandments.  All 10 of them and listen to the Spirit and we will be shielded and protected from the adversary. What a great promise that is!
Here is a list of the 10 commandments just in case you're a little rusty on them.

Ten Commandments
1.  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.  We should do “all things with an eye single to the glory of God”.  We should love and serve the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength
2.  “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”.  In this commandment, the Lord condemns the worship of idols. Idolatry may take many forms. Some people do not bow before graven images or statues but instead replace the living God with other idols, such as money, material possessions, ideas, or prestige.
3.  “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”.
4.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. Our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley has promised: “If you have any doubt about the wisdom, the divinity of observing the Sabbath Day, … stay home and gather your family about you, teach them the gospel, enjoy yourselves together on the Sabbath Day, come to your meetings, participate. You will know that the principle of the Sabbath is a true principle which brings with it great blessings.”
5.  “Honour thy father and thy mother”. This commandment remains binding throughout our lives and can be understood in several ways: We should honor our ancestors; we should be grateful to the father and mother who provided our earthly bodies; we should honor those who raised us in the knowledge of the truth.
6.  “Thou shalt not kill”.
7.  “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.  In a latter-day revelation, the Lord condemned not only adultery, but “anything like unto it”.
8.  “Thou shalt not steal”.  
9.  “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.  
10.  “Thou shalt not covet”.  Coveting, or envying something that belongs to another, is damaging to the soul. It can consume our thoughts and plague us with constant unhappiness and dissatisfaction. It often leads to other sins and to financial indebtedness.
The Savior summarized the 10 Commandments in 2 principles—love for the Lord and love for our fellow men:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” 

 This week while reading the Book of Mormon I've learned a little more about keeping the commandments and the important role they play in our lives each day.  I truly believe these commandments keep us safe. Not safe from sickness or tripping and falling when we step on a banana peel, but safe from the adversary.  That's the kind of safety we should all be striving for.

Not only does the Book of Mormon remind us to keep the commandments but it also testifies of Christ.  He is the center focus throughout the entire book.  It testifies of his divinity and his attonment and love for all man kind and of his love for all mankind on every continent.  He knows each of us.  By name.  Our Struggles.  Our sorrows.  Our joys.  How much we strive to be closer to him. I pray that we keep striving to draw nearer to him.

I also thought is was interesting to read in the Book of Mormon how it was prophesied that there would be 3 witnesses. There are lots of cool things like that in the Book of Mormon!

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