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July 22, 2021 - Laws for safety

The things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must commune with God.

Prophet Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 138

Many times, in my life, when I know I need to do those things that are required of me, like scripture study, I do so out of responsibility. That is, my mindset is not where it should be. I fulfill a commandment, but I am merely following the "letter of the law" as opposed to the Spirit of why we have that law in the first place.

I do the same thing with other laws, like the Word of Wisdom, for example. Granted, I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, etc., but I tend to do those things that are not explicitly called out or prohibited. For example, I eat too much of one thing, like refined sugar or trans fats. It's not prohibited, but is it healthy for me? The Lord's law of health is much more than what it merely prohibits.

I am beginning to truly understand that these various laws and commandments that we have are not restricting or constricting at all. Just the opposite, in fact. If we reach our minds high into the heavens, that is, truly understand the will and mind of God in establishing these laws for us, we will begin to see just how much potential is possible to reach. We will also start reaching that potential by obeying these laws. But it's important to study and ponder what they are and why they are.

Along this journey in life, God's laws are important road signs along the way that keep us in control and safe, like the posted speed limit. And only by deep study and ponder and obedience can we contemplate what they mean, why we have them in the first place, and where they will lead us.

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