Love and Commandments

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“Love and Commandments,” New Era, Jan. 2019, 12.

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Love and Commandments

New Era Magazine, 2019/01 Jan


The word if introduces a conditional proposition. An if-statement sets conditions; a then-statement follows, representing a consequence. “If a, then b” basically means, “Supposing that a is true, b will also be true.”

Ye love me

The Savior declared:

To love God = the first great commandment

See Matthew 22:37–38.


To keep the commandments means to know them, to observe them, to do them, and to cherish them. There are many promises linked to keeping the Lord’s commandments. Here are just a few:

My commandments


  • Are laws or rules God gives because He loves us and wants us to become like Him.

  • Are given through prophets (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:24).

  • Play a major role in Heavenly Father’s plan in this life (see Abraham 3:25).

  • Are always possible to keep, because the Lord prepares a way (see 1 Nephi 3:7).