Happiness and Obedience

“Happiness and Obedience,” Friend, August 2020

From the First Presidency

Happiness and Obedience

Adapted from “Face the Future with Faith,” Ensign, May 2011, 34–36.

Friend Magazine, 2020/08 Aug

Illustrations by Josh Talbot

You are a child of God. God gives us commandments to bless us and bring us joy. Sometimes people pick which commandments they will keep and which ones they won’t. Trying to obey all of God’s commandments will:

Bless you with light and joy.

Help you be free from harmful habits.

Protect your body.

Protect your spirit.

Remember, God and His angels are always there to help you.

Our Gospel Shields

Captain Moroni gave the Nephites shields to help keep them safe. On each shield, write a gospel standard from the list below that can help you stay safe and strong.

  • Listen to the Holy Ghost.

  • Repent when you make a mistake.

  • Don’t swear or use crude words.

  • Keep the Sabbath day holy.

  • Listen to good music.

  • Watch good things.

  • Dress modestly.

  • Treat people kindly.

  • Be honest.

  • Use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus reverently.