With this expanded sense of understanding, she receives the invitation to make covenants with God. This is the nature of covenants. They almost always involve learning new truths about God and His plan. When we make covenants, we promise to bend our will and our desires to help with that plan. God grants to us not only a gift of power to help us accomplish His work but also a personal, redemptive power that changes our nature. It’s a covenant sandwiched by knowledge on one side and power on the other. This new knowledge comes to us in learning about the gospel before baptism, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, in the temple endowment, in the sealing, and in all the personal tutoring we receive from the Spirit of the Lord. It is, at its heart, the power of ongoing revelation.
In one way, the blessings of making covenants with God could be like obtaining a university education. The “graduate-degree-seeking student” isn’t better than one who has a high school diploma—God loves and values them the same—but with an opportunity to sacrifice and become more disciplined, the one student is qualified to do more. She cultivates useful skills, she has access to institutions and knowledge, and she belongs to an academic community that can spark new findings and research. Making covenants with God is similar in a way. It includes discipline and sacrifice as we learn about and receive a higher law. And the beautiful thing is that covenants are open to the humblest of people, with no requirement for money, position, or worldly education. By making our most sacred covenants, the Spirit opens up great treasures of knowledge to us as we sacrifice, consecrate, obey the law of the gospel by living it in hard circumstances, and stay faithful in our relationships.
2. Magnification by Community
The person who has not yet made covenants with God has the power of their convictions and their righteous actions, but they could often feel alone. When the Lord organized quorums and Relief Societies after a priesthood pattern, He was giving community to His sons and daughters. We are all seeking for greater knowledge about how to bless those we love with power and how to support each other in the process. We teach each other. We comfort one another. We accept one another—or we should. A worldwide community of faith is a great gift.
3. Magnification to Act in God’s Name
When we serve in any calling or leadership position—when we are set apart to preach the gospel as a missionary, when we are part of a ward or stake council, or when we serve as a Primary teacher—we are not just acting with our own measure of power. We are serving in authorized positions in the work of God, and each position brings specific spiritual gifts. If the first magnification was “going to school,” this third magnification is “qualified for the job” because you have experiences and discipline that give you credentials to do the Lord’s work. However, those called of God to do His work—like you and me—are still learning, making mistakes, repenting, and trying again to be better and do better.