Basic Doctrines Series Part 9: Commandments with Scott Sorensen

April 14, 2020

The basic doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ are the foundation of a testimony of the Restored Gospel. This is the final episode in our Basic Doctrines Series on the doctrine of Commandments. Commandments are considered a doctrine because they are eternal, and their importance has been taught from before the foundations of the world. Commandments are also the criteria for our eternal salvation and judgement.

Our guest for the this episode is religious educator, Scott Sorensen. Scott is the co-host of the popular web series, Real Talk: Come Follow Me. Scott is also the author of Come Follow Me Through the Book of Mormon. Scott discusses the foundational necessity of Commandments, but he also goes into why we have commandments, and how we should keep them. Have you thoughts about commandments as a relational principle, not strictly a to-do list of behaviors? Scott talks about how we can see commandments the same way.

From the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, here is what is taught about Commandments:


Commandments are the laws and requirements that God gives to mankind. We manifest our love for Him by keeping His commandments (see John 14:15). Keeping the commandments will bring blessings from the Lord (see D&C 82:10).

The two most basic commandments are “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. … And … love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:36–39).

The Ten Commandments are a vital part of the gospel and are eternal principles that are necessary for our exaltation (see Exodus 20:3–17). The Lord revealed them to Moses in ancient times, and He has restated them in latter-day revelations.

Other commandments include praying daily (see 2 Nephi 32:8–9), teaching the gospel to others (see Matthew 28:19–20), keeping the law of chastity (see D&C 46:33), paying a full tithe (see Malachi 3:8–10), fasting (see Isaiah 58:6–7), forgiving others (see D&C 64:9–11), having a spirit of gratitude (see D&C 78:19), and observing the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89:18–21).

Related references: Genesis 39:9Isaiah 58:13–141 Nephi 3:7Mosiah 4:30Alma 37:35Alma 39:9D&C 18:15–16D&C 88:124

This is the final episode in our Basic Doctrines Series. We would encourage you to click here and listen to all the episodes in order as these teachings build on one another in a beautiful and powerful way.

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