The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

"If we are offended and resentful, can we believe that He is bound to help us in our tragedies and disappointments? This scripture does not tell us how or when this commitment will be effective or realized, but His promise is real and binding. Our challenge is to endure. There will always be testings and trials along life's paths. Heartaches and tragedies need not defeat us if we remember God's promise." Marvin J. Ashton, "Be of Good Cheer," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1987], p. 17

"'Mormonism' has taught me that God holds himself accountable to law even as he expects us to do. He has set us the example in obedience to law. I know that to say this would have been heresy a few decades ago. But we have the divine word for it: 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.' (Doc. and Cov. 82:10.) He operates by law and not by arbitrariness or caprice. He is no tyrant to be propitiated and placated by honeyed words. He cannot be moved by wordy oratory. He is not a judge sitting to be influenced by the specious pleas of crafty advocates; and yet there is an eloquence that moves him; there is a plea that influences him. The eloquence of prayer from a broken heart and a contrite spirit prevails with him." James E. Talmage, "Conference Report," April 1930, p. 96

"Today we find ourselves surrounded by so much depression, despair, lack of confidence, and loss of hope. I ask myself: for what purpose is all this gloom? Consider with me for a moment the great blessings we have been promised in a covenant with the Lord. He has entered into a binding and solemn contract with each of us to give us all that he has, according to our faithfulness. He has declared, 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say' (D&C 82:10)." L. Tom Perry, "Living with Enthusiasm," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1996], p. 66-67

"Pay your tithes that you may be worthy of the Lord's blessings. I will not promise that you will become wealthy. But I bear testimony that the Lord does reward generously in one way or another those who keep His commandments. And I assure you that no investment counselor to whom you may go can promise you as the Lord has promised: 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.' (D&C 82:10.) The Lord honors His covenants." Gordon B. Hinckley, "Pillars of Truth," Ensign, January 1994, p. 7

"There is a rather common misunderstanding of the Lord's promise: 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise' (D&C 82:10). A young missionary may 'covenant' with the Lord to arise each day an hour earlier in order to 'bind the Lord' to his goal of baptizing a certain number of people each month. A retired couple may 'covenant' to go on a mission if the Lord will reclaim a wayward child. Elderly members may promise to attend the temple each day if the Lord will spare them of their physical frailties. Covenants with the Lord include our willingness to obey His commandments, not ours, and our desire should be to follow the Savior's example: 'Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered' (Heb. 5:8). The attitude of 'not my will, but thine, be done' (Luke 22:42) should govern our prayers and priesthood blessings." Spencer J. Condie, "Your Agency, Handle with Care," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 67

Some of us may feel from time to time that some of the Lord’s commandments are an impediment to happiness in this life, but this isn’t so; and deep down in our hearts we know that so long as we adhere to the commandments, just as surely as night follows day, we will reap the blessings that are promised to the faithful. Sometimes the way of fulfillment may not be apparent to us, but the actuality of it is assured. The Lord said:

“I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” (D&C 82:10.) – O. Leslie Stone, “Love and Forgive One Another,” Ensign (CR) November 1973

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