OBEDIENCE (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Joseph Smith Given Wisdom to Save People Who Obeyed His Counsel — William Clayton (August 29, 1842)

He had not fought them with the sword nor by carnal weapons; he had done it by stratagem or by outwitting them, and there had been no lives lost, and there would be no lives lost if they would hearken to his council. Up to this day God had given him wisdom to save the people who took council. None had ever been killed who abode by his council. At Hauns Mill the brethren went contrary to his council, if they had not there lives would have been spared.

Journal, December 1841-December 1842, p. 183, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Every Blessing Obtained by Obedience to a Specific Law — William Clayton (April 2, 1843)

There is a law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world upon which all blessings are predicated; and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

Instruction, 2 April 1843, As reported by William Clayton, p. 70, The Joseph Smith Papers. See also, Doctrine & Covenants 130:20-21.

Blessings Contingent upon Adherence to Associated Law — Franklin D. Richards (July 16, 1843)

All Blessings that were ordained for man by the Council of Heaven were on conditions of obedience to the Law thereof.

Discourse, 16 July 1843, as reported by Franklin D. Richards, p. 21, The Joseph Smith Papers.
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