Promises in the Scriptures

November 16th, 2007  |  Published in Uncategorized

If you read in the scriptures, you can see that God has many promises for us. Not all of them are specific, and we can certainly receive more promises, but he has promised us certain things when we obey His commandments. There are so many of these promises given in the scriptures that sometimes it’s hard to keep track. Elder Spencer J. Condie gave a talk this last General Conference that lists many of them for us:

The Lord’s countless exceeding great and precious promises include forgiveness of our sins when we “confess them and forsake them” (D&C 58:43; see also D&C 1:32). Opening the windows of heaven is a promise claimed by those who pay a faithful tithe (see Malachi 3:10), and finding “great treasures of knowledge” accrues to those who observe the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89:19).

Becoming unspotted from the world is a promise to those who keep the Sabbath holy (see D&C 59:9; Exodus 31:13). Divine guidance and inspiration are promised to those who “feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3) and who “liken all scriptures” unto themselves (1 Nephi 19:23).

The Lord also promised that “whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you” (3 Nephi 18:20). We are promised that the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion when we “let virtue garnish [our] thoughts unceasingly” (see D&C 121:45–46). We can claim the spiritually liberating promise of fasting, which will “loose the bands of wickedness,” undo our “heavy burdens,” and “break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6).

Those who are sealed in holy temples and who faithfully keep their covenants will receive God’s glory, which “shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever” (D&C 132:19).

– Elder Spencer J. Condie, Oct 2007 General Conference

I don’t remember ever seeing a list of promises like that before, and it’s stunning when presented like this, even though this isn’t a comprehensive listing of all the blessings we might receive. These blessings are somewhat straightforward, but sometimes we expect to receive them without any effort of our own. We should remember that we receive blessings from God when we follow His commandments:

In these latter days, the Lord revealed that “when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:21). The Lord makes generous promises, and He certifies that He will not vary from these promises, for, said He, “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).
– Elder Spencer J. Condie, Oct 2007 General Conference

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