His example sets the pattern for all of us to follow.
“Of all the lessons we learn from the life of the Savior, none is more clear and powerful than the lesson of obedience,” taught Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the April 2014 general conference. The Savior’s example teaches us not only why obedience to Heavenly Father is important but also how we can be obedient. As you review the following examples from His ministry, think about how they might set a path for you to follow in your life.
2. At the age of 12, when Joseph and Mary found Jesus teaching in the temple, He “was subject unto them” and obediently returned home with them (see Luke 2:42–51).
4. He kept the Sabbath and attended services in the synagogue (see Luke 4:16–44).
“Throughout [Christ’s] ministry, ‘he suffered temptations but gave [them] no heed’ [D&C 20:22].”
—Elder Robert D. Hales
“I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
More on Obedience
Obedience was a major theme in the April 2014 general conference. Read more:
- Read “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” by Elder Robert D. Hales on the importance of keeping the commandments and how the Savior set the example of obedience.
- Read “I Have Given You an Example” by Elder Richard G. Scott on the importance of examples, including the Savior’s.
- Read “Obedience through Our Faithfulness” by Elder L. Tom Perry on how our obedience is an emblem of our faith.
Because Our Savior Was Obedient
“Because our Savior was obedient, He atoned for our sins, making possible our resurrection and preparing the way for us to return to our Heavenly Father, who knew we would make mistakes as we learned obedience in mortality. When we obey, we accept His sacrifice, for we believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws, ordinances, and commandments given in the gospel.”
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” Ensign, May 2014, 35.
What can you do?
Elder Hales said, “Jesus taught us to obey in simple language that is easy to understand: ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ [John 14:15], and ‘Come, follow me’ [Luke 18:22].” What will you do today to be more obedient?
Share Your Experience
Why do you think obedience is important to God? Share your experience with other youth by commenting below.
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 New Era.