Hearkening to Spirit and obeying commandments bring blessings

"And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

"And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father." (D&C 84:46-47.)At the 1985 General Women's Meeting, Relief Society General Pres. Barbara W. Winder spoke on the topic of hearkening to the voice of the Spirit and keeping the commandments: "From the very beginning, God has taught His children that blessings come to those who are obedient. As He gave those special rules on Mount Sinai for the guidance of Israel, the Lord stated that He would show mercy to them that kept His commandments. (Ex. 20:6.) In Deuteronomy we are told that `the Lord commanded us . . . for our good always.' (Deut. 6:24.)

"King Benjamin, giving his farewell address after a long life of service and experience, said, `If ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you.' (Mosiah 2:22.)

"Each of us can gain a sense of inner confidence and peace when we obey gospel principles," President Winder said.

Obedience brings blessings here and now, Pres. Winder affirmed. "Happiness and peace are found when we are in harmony with ourselves, with God, and with our fellowmen," she said.

"Through obedience we build spiritual strength that sustains us during times of adversity."

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