But when you make a covenant with God, you are bound to that covenant if you want the blessing. I feel that I’m bound to the covenants I made, not the “new” ones under the revised endowment.]]>
David B.-don’t those verses contain commandments as opposed to covenants? They are different things. A covenant it an sort of agreement I enter into with the Lord, where as commandments are given to all, whether they agree to them or not. For example, I would not say I have covenanted to keep the Word of Wisdom or attend church, although those are oligations I have been asked to fill and I do so.]]>
D&C 98: 11
11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.
D&C 59: 6
6 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it.
Matt. 5: 28
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a bwoman to clust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Also, we are expected to live the law of consecration. We are not living under the United Order, but that does not mean that we need to miss out on the blessings of devoting all of our time, talents, and resources to God.]]>
What is interesting is that the Temple Covenenants break down into three sections. The first grouping is self, the second is family, and the third is church or community. Again, this relates to the idea that all specific Covenants are examples of larger responsibilities represented by them.]]>