What do your covenants mean to you?
I have always been protective of my covenants. They are each very sacred to me, and I receive strength in them through the Lord.
When I consider the law of the land, and how I have enforced the many different laws and city ordinances, I have done my best to understand them, before I enforce them.
I’ve always liked the saying “Ignorance to the Law is not an excuse.” We all have the right and capability to become knowledgeable in regards to the laws of the land.
It’s no different than the laws and ordinances of God.
Why do we follow the laws of the land? Well, because they keep us safe and out of harm’s way. When we know what is expected of us, we are typically guided away from unnecessary problems.
The same go for our covenants. We make sacred promises with our Heavenly Father. In return, he steers us away from dangerous situations and provides us with His protection.
“Ignorance to your covenants is not an excuse.” This is how I’ve always liked to look at my covenants. It’s our fault if we don’t understand them before and after we make them—There is no one else to blame when covenants are broken besides ourselves.
Before we do anything, we need to do our best to understand what and why we are doing them. When I was eight years old, I made a covenant when I was baptized. I was ready, and years later, I would still make that same promise.
Why? Because I knew what I was doing, and the spirit of the Lord confirmed it to me. The same goes with the other covenants we’ve made.
When we partake of the sacrament each week, it’s an opportunity to remember the safety in the laws and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The same goes for regular temple attendance.
“Keep the commandments; keep the commandments!
In this there is safety; in this there is peace.
He will send blessings; He will send blessings.
Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments.
In this there is safety and peace.”