“All Who Will Have a Blessing . . . Shall Abide the Law . . . Appointed for That Blessing”

Doctrine and Covenants 132:5

5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world.

President Thomas S. Monson said:

“The holy endowment that we receive in our temples can well be the compass for our lives. Our course, our eternal course, is charted by the scriptures; and the voice that has come and continues to come from the heavens to God’s prophets and in answer to humble, personal, and family prayer will ever guide us back to our eternal home. We need but to do our part. However, that ancient principle is still true that nothing can be had for nothing. All blessings are predicated on obedience to law. ‘For all who will have a blessing at my hands [saith the Lord] shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world’ (D&C 132:5).

“Yet today, in the very shadows of our temples, many of our young Latter-day Saints are failing to choose temple marriage. I am afraid that some of our young people are caught in the whirlpool of status seeking. While fathers drive stately cars and mothers open their homes to admiring inspection, some lose their sons and their daughters, for they learn to judge by the symbols people display, rather than by people’s individual worth.

“An appreciation for the temple endowment and the sealing ordinances will bring the members of our families closer together . . .”

(Pathways to Perfection [1973], 206–7.)

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