Teaching about Commandments


Today I would like to teach about Commandments.
But before I start I think we should first know what a Commandment is.
The term Commandment means “
a divine rule.
Thus we can see that the term Commandment means a divine rule from God.

Before I begin my talk I would like to tell a short story about how a parents commandments can protect us the same way as the commandments from our Heavenly Father. The parents have two children, the parents gave them rules not to play with snakes. The one child listens to his parents and keeps away from snakes, the other child is like us, do not always listen to his parents and plays with the snakes. One day the child is bitten by a snake and dies. The parents are filled with sorrow. So also if we do not follow the commandments of Heavenly Father we also sadden Him and we can also die from the “snake”, the snake being Satan. Listening to Satan and not Father in Heaven can cost you your Eternal Life.

In the garden of Eden God gave Adam and Eve two commandments

    We read in
    Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” and in Genesis 2:16-17 “16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    We understand that because they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they committed a carnal sin and they lost their eternal life. For behold as long as they did follow His Commandments and did not eat from that tree they were still innocent and could live forever in the garden. But because they sinned their eternal life was taken from them and they did not also loose their eternal life on Earth but also lost their spiritual eternal life. Not being able to go to paradise after death but going to spirit prison. Thus we needed a redeemer to help us regain our eternal life again.

    The greatest commandment that Father in Heaven gave us we can read in
    Exodus 20:2-3 “2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
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    Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” By following this commandment we know and see that we should only have one God and that is our Father in Heaven.

    I also have to give a comment about home and visiting teaching and tithing. Home teaching and Visiting teaching is a commandment given by Father in Heaven. In
    Moses 6:58 we read that teaching is a commandment from Father in Heaven. “58 Therefore I give unto you a commandment, to teach these things freely unto your children,” The Children being all people on earth. By doing home teaching and visiting teaching we are also blessed. By teaching others you get taught yourself as the Holy Ghost filled your heart. Tithing is also a commandment by Father in Heaven in Malachi 3:10 we read “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
    So to is fasting, we read in
    Luke 18:12 “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” By fasting we come closer to our father in heaven because when you fast you pray and are dependant on Father in Heaven to sustain you both physically and spiritually and by paying tithing we also show our Father in Heaven that we trust in Him and believe that He will take care of us.

    By following the Commandments given by Father in Heaven we will be blessed. In
    Alma 9:13 we read “Behold, do ye not remember the words which he spake unto Lehi, saying that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land? And again it is said that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.”

    We see that our Father in Heaven will bless and make us prosper when we follow His Commandments but when we do not follow His Commandments we will be cut of from our Father in Heaven. The more we follow the Commandments the more we are also able to withstand the onslaught from Satan.

    We also read in
    Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” The city being the Kingdom of Heavenly Father and here we learn that when we do follow His Commandments we will be able to gain Eternal Life.

    God also gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. These commandments are there not to burden us but they are their to help and protect us. We should remember that our Father in Heaven will not give us a Commandment in contrary to His Divine mission. If the prophet told us to go and kill innocent children we would know that it was not from Heavenly Father but from Satan. Heavenly Father would rather give you a commandment like help those in need. Because of our Agency we have the right to choose to follow the Commandments or not.

    In
    D&C 29:35 we read “Behold, I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.”

    Thus we also learn that God’s commandments are of a Divine Spiritual nature. But by following the commandments given by our Father in Heaven we receive blessings and treasure in the Spirit World and also in Heaven. But the more we do as God commands us the more our Father in Heaven will bless us temporally.

    By following the Commandments our Father in Heaven will give us what we need and bless us with more than we need and so doing we can also show our gratitude by helping those who are in need and by paying our Fast offerings and Tithing we can also help the Church help those who are in need. We should also know that no Commandment is more important than another for God, and also there is no sin greater than the other all are the same in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.

    In concluding I urge all of us even myself to try our best to follow the commandments given by our Father in Heaven, Tithing, Fast offering, The 10 Commandments, Home and Visiting Teaching, the law of Chastity and the Words of Wisdom. By following the commandments you are truly blessed. By following your calling as a home or visiting teacher you grow more spiritually and your heart will be filled with joy and love. By paying your Tithing and Fast offering you are also blessed. If you truly believe that Heavenly Father will look after you and by giving in faith He will look after you. We read in
    Matthew 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
    By following the 10 Commandments we can be blessed also, the Commandments are truly their for our well being it is not a burden.

    I close this talk with a final scripture,
    John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” we can even go so far as to say if you love your parents keep their commandments as well. In closing we read in John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” Verily I say unto you my sisters and brethren of the Potchefstroom Branch if we love our Father in Heaven and our Saviour Jesus Christ we will follow Their commandments, not because we have to but because we love them I can testify by following the Commandments our Father in Heaven will bless us in ways that we do not even think of.
    I say this in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour

    Amen.