Abiding Precepts – Mosiah 2

Read the full chapter here: Mosiah 2

Passage #1

And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses . . .

Mosiah 2:3

Precept #1

Give the best and first of what you have – your effort and your livelihood – as an offering to God.

What offerings do you make as a sacrifice to the Lord? Do you give Him your best work or just the time and effort you have left over once everything else is finished?

Passage #2

I have not commanded you to come up hither that ye should fear me, or that ye should think that I of myself am more than a mortal man.

But I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind; yet I have been chosen by this people, and consecrated by my father, and was suffered by the hand of the Lord that I should be a ruler and a king over this people; and have been kept and preserved by his matchless power, to serve you with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord hath granted unto me. . . .

And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day. . . .

And I, even I, whom ye call your king, am no better than ye yourselves are; for I am also of the dust. And ye behold that I am old, and am about to yield up this mortal frame to its mother earth.

Mosiah 2:10-11, 14, 26

Precept #2

Don’t worship people who seem to have authority in this world or are experts in their field. Remember they are people just like you with the same potential for fallibility and weakness and God is still smarter and greater than us all.

Is there someone you look up to and respect? Do you remember that God created them just like He created you? Or have you somewhat deified them in your mind?

Passage #3

And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

Mosiah 2:17

Precept #3

Serve the people around you in every way you can, as often as you can.

Who was the last person you served and what did you do for them?

Passage #4

And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you.

Mosiah 2:25

Precept #4

Don’t think of yourself as better or more important than you actually are.

How important do you think you are? How easily can that importance be stripped from you?

Passage #5

And now, my brethren, I would that ye should do as ye have hitherto done. As ye have kept my commandments, and also the commandments of my father, and have prospered, and have been kept from falling into the hands of your enemies, even so if ye shall keep the commandments of my son, or the commandments of God which shall be delivered unto you by him, ye shall prosper in the land, and your enemies shall have no power over you. . . .

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Mosiah 2:31, 41

Precept #5

Keep the commandments of God – whatever source they may come from.

Do you know how to identify when and through whom God gives His commandments to you? How does the Lord prosper you for keeping His commandments?

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