"If we do not obey, the power to obey is lessened. Our capability to recognize good is weakened."
--Elder Ted E. Brewerton, April Conf., 1981, "Obedience--Full Obedience"--
"Our only safety is in obedience to the laws of God. You need not fear the clamor that is now being raised against us...this spite of the world...we are in the hands of God."
--Pres. John Taylor--
Arnold Bennett described concentration as: "the power to dictate to the brain its task and insure its obedience."
"If you are faced with temptation and choose the temptation, your desire and willingness to do evil will increase. We have to start by doing something good when we don't want to do it. Then our desire and ability to do good will increase. Obedience breeds desire."
--Harold C. Brown, while President of Cottonwood Stake--
"Obedience to counsel will keep you on the safe side of life."
--Boyd K. Packer, CR April 1996, p. 22--
"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."
"If we are willing to put our trust in the Lord and keep his commandments, we have been promised that we will be blessed. The blessing might not come in the form of straight A's, having a date every Friday night, or inheriting a lot of money.
But we will grow in capacity, experiencing joy along the way as we keep more and more of the commandments and eventually become prepared for a celestial existence."
--Janet Lee, BYU Speeches 1992-93, p. 12--
"When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
"One seldom-mentioned reason for keeping the commandments is that we then become genuinely happier with ourselves; otherwise, when we are unhappy with ourselves, as we all know, the grim tendency is to pass our misery along."
--Neal A. Maxwell--
"Always do Right! This will gratify some people and astonish the rest!"
"Developing spirituality is not an easy matter. It takes time and frequently involves a struggle. It will not happen by chance, but is accomplished only through deliberate effort and by calling upon God and keeping his commandments."
President Howard W. Hunter
"Each of us here, let the world go how it will...has he not a life of his own to lead?...The world's being saved will not save us; nor the world's being lost destroy us. We should look to ourselves."
"There are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'"
--C. S. Lewis--
"The Lord votes for you--Satan votes against you--You cast the deciding vote!"
"Through the lens of spirituality, we see all the commandments of God as invitations to blessings."
--Dallin H. Oaks--
"There are two influences ever present in the world. One is constructive and elevating and comes from our Heavenly Father; and the other is destructive and debasing and comes from Lucifer. We have our agency and make our own choice in life subject to these unseen powers.
There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord's territory from Lucifer's. If we live on the Lord's side of the line, Lucifer cannot come there to influence us, but if we cross the line into his territory, we are in his power.
By keeping the commandments of the Lord we are safe on His side of the line, but if we disobey His teachings we voluntarily cross into the zone of temptation and invite the destruction that is ever present there. Knowing this, how anxious we should always be to live on the Lord's side of the line."
President George Albert Smith: [Improvement Era, May 1935, p. 278]
"When you listen for the words of God and follow them, you will hear more. When you do not listen or do not follow, you will hear less and less until finally you may not hear at all."
Elder Henry B. Eyring
"In the breaking of every law of God there is the breaking down of the divine elements of the man. Each command we obey sends us another rung up the ladder to perfected manhood and toward godhood; and every law disobeyed is a sliding toward the bottom where man merges into the brute world. Only he who obeys law is free. Serfdom comes to him who defies law."
Spencer W. Kimball "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball", p. 153
"When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power."
President Ezra Taft Benson
"I wish that every Latter-day Saint could say and mean it with all his heart: 'I'll go where you want me to go. I'll say what you want me to say. I'll be what you want me to be.' (Hymns, 1985, no. 270.) If we could all do that, we would be assured of the maximum of happiness here and exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God hereafter.
Ezra Taft Benson "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", p. 344