“Whoso Remembereth These Sayings of Mine and Doeth Them, Him Will I Raise Up at the Last Day”

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

The teachings of the Savior at the temple become the new law, the new covenant, the celestial law by which we should live. The Lord admonishes us to remember His sayings and do them, that He might raise us up at the last day. This is the higher law, the law and light of the Lord (see 3 Nephi 15:9). We are to look to the Lord, follow His teachings, and endure to the end. This endurance refers to sustaining the Lord and His work through faithful obedience in building up the kingdom of God. It suggests a commitment never to yield to the devil, but rather to yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit (see Mosiah 3:19; Helaman 3:35), thus doing the will to the Lord. We sacrifice all for the Lord. We bear our lot patiently as we become more charitable (see Moroni 7:45). If we endure all things in righteousness throughout mortality (see Articles of Faith 1:13), the Lord will grant unto us the gift of eternal life (see 3 Nephi 15:9; Mosiah 4:6–7). When we do as we have been commanded, the Lord will raise us up at the last day. Elder Bruce R. McConkie has said:

Salvation comes by the mercy and the love and the condescension of God. In other words, it comes by the grace of God, meaning that our Lord made it available. But he has done his work, and we must now do ours; and we have the obligation to endure to the end, to keep the commandments, to work out our salvation, and that is what we are in the process of doing in the Church and the kingdom of God on earth. (Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], 52)

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