“Worship Him with All Your Might Mind and Strength and Your Whole Soul”

Bryan Richards

No phrase better sums up how we should treat our Maker. It encompasses the first great commandment—to love the Lord thy God.

Joseph Fielding Smith

“In answering the question of the lawyer, ’Master, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said unto him: ’Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ (Matt. 22:36-40.) This commandment which was given to Israel before they entered into their inheritances in the promised land, has again in this dispensation been commanded of all members of the Church, and particularly of all who receive inheritances in Zion. So important is this commandment that the Latter-day Saints have had their attention called to it in a number of revelations. It is plain to be seen that on these commandments hang all the law and the prophets. If a person observes these commandments as they are given in verses 5 and 6 of this section (59) he will keep the full law of God. We cannot love our Heavenly Father, and worship him in the name of his Only Begotten Son, our Redeemer, with all our ’heart, might, mind, and strength’ without keeping all other commandments. It naturally follows that we will love our neighbor as ourselves and have sympathy and love for all men who are the children of God. There would be no occasion for us to be constantly reminded that we should keep the Sabbath holy, or pay our honest tithes, or keep our bodies clean by observing the Word of Wisdom, or that we should not neglect our prayers, secret and in the family circle, we would observe all of these things and all else that we are instructed to do, If we loved the Lord our God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. To the extent that members of the Church observe the laws of the Lord, may their love for him be measured.” (Church History and Modern Revelation, p. 199-200)

Mark E. Petersen

"When the Lord gave us the first great commandment, I am thankful also that he gave us that part of the 4th Section of the D&C which says:

"’… O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.’(Doc. & Cov. 4:2.)

"If you really and truly believe in the first and great commandment, to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind and strength, it means then that you will serve him with all your soul, and with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your might, and with all your strength. That means that you will serve him without reservation of any kind, and that of a truth you will put your whole soul, your whole heart, into the work of Almighty God, that you will apply the best of your intelligence, you will serve him with all your mind, by seeking to know the program of the Church, and then to live up to that program with all your soul.
“It means likewise if you are going to love him and serve him with all your strength, that you will serve him, with all your physical strength, with all your mental strength, with all your spiritual strength, and with the strength of all your resources, whatsoever they may be. If you really love the Lord your God you will serve him in that manner. And all who do so are likened unto a wise man that built his house upon the rock, and the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.” (Conference Report, Oct. 1944, p. 126)