Living by the scriptures

Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind, and strength. – D&C 11:20.

In 1963, less than a year after being baptized into the Church, I had great anxiety about my work, and the possibility of changing my occupation. I had reasonably good employment, but was restless, carrying some pride and envy, and perhaps some righteous ambition to do a little better in providing for my family, and in finding joy and satisfaction in my chosen occupation.

The problems of work or employment in today's world have multiplied and are certainly greater than in my vocational years. Unemployment is a greater problem, as is upgrading. Struggles with training and decisions pertaining to a life occupation have multiplied.

Back in 1963 I had been pondering, reflecting, and even worrying about the subject of "work." Arising at an early hour, I knelt in prayer, and shortly afterwards felt inspired to turn to Doctrine & Covenants 11:20. It has kept me on the correct path through all these years, and has helped me to focus on regular scripture reading.

Many references in the Book of Mormon allude to keeping the commandments. The admonitions are both direct and indirect. President Heber J. Grant said, "I am thoroughly convinced that all the Lord wants of you and me or of any other man or woman in the Church is for us to perform our full duty and keep the commandments of God." (Conference Report, April 1944.)

Looking back over the years I realize I could have exercised more fully, and in better balance, the godly attributes, which are also explained throughout the scriptures, but I am ever grateful that keeping the commandments of the Lord has been a top priority in my life. – Peter R. Young, Calgary, Alberta