“The Parable of the Nobleman: A Lesson in Obedience,” Liahona, September 2021
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The Parable of the Nobleman: A Lesson in Obedience
Doctrine and Covenants 101:43–62 presents a parable that was given to explain why the Saints had been driven out of Missouri.
In the parable, the servants start building a tower but then decide that “there is no need” for one (Doctrine and Covenants 101:49). But because they do not build the tower, they have no warning when an enemy breaks in and destroys the vineyard.
Do I ever question the commandments of God?
Have you, like the servants, ever wondered if a commandment was really necessary? This parable teaches us that the Lord’s commandments protect us and help us live happy lives (see also Mosiah 2:41; Doctrine and Covenants 82:8–10).
What can we do if we don’t see the need for a commandment?
Study the topic and pray for the Lord to help us “feel that it is right” (Doctrine and Covenants 9:8).
Remember times in the past when obedience brought blessings.1
Act in faith, trusting that we will understand “after the trial of [our] faith” (Ether 12:6).