Blessings of Keeping Covenants

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“If we will keep the associated covenants, the sacred priesthood ordinances will change us, sanctify us, and prepare us to enter the presence of the Lord. So we bear one another’s burdens; we strengthen one another. We retain a remission of sins when we give spiritual and temporal relief to the poor, the hungry, the naked, and the sick.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Beauty of Holiness,” April 2017 General Conference

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“We recognize the multitude of tests, temptations, and tribulations that could pull us away from all that is virtuous and praiseworthy before God. But our mortal experiences offer us the opportunity to choose holiness. Most often it is the sacrifices we make to keep our covenants that sanctify us and make us holy.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Beauty of Holiness,” April 2017 General Conference

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“Temples are an expression of God’s love. He invites us all to come, learn of Him, feel His love, and receive the priesthood ordinances necessary for eternal life with Him. Each covenant is made one by one. Every mighty change of heart matters to the Lord. And yours will make all the difference to you.”

Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Covenant Daughters of God,” October 2014 General Conference

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“Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. They are those ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. As we strive to keep our covenants, our feelings of inadequacy and imperfection begin to fade, while the ordinances and the covenants of the temple come alive. Everyone is welcome to walk that path to eternal life.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us,” April 2014 General Conference

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“In the worldwide leadership training Strengthening the Family and the Church through the Priesthood, we were taught that sisters who don’t have priesthood holders in their homes need never feel alone. They are blessed and strengthened through the ordinances they have received and the covenants they keep. They should not hesitate to reach out when help is needed.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Do We Know What We Have?” October 2013 General Conference

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“The covenant you make at baptism will tether you to the path of virtue and happiness as you renew that covenant each week by partaking of the sacrament. As you keep your baptismal covenant, you will look different, dress different, and act different from the world. Keeping this covenant will enable you to be guided by the Holy Ghost. Stand in holy places, and do not even go near those environments or music, media, or associations that might cause you to lose the companionship of the Holy Ghost. And as you keep your covenants, you will remain worthy and prepared to enter the Lord’s holy temples.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Be Not Moved!” April 2013 General Conference

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“The covenants we make with the associated ordinances we receive in the temple become our credentials for admission into God’s presence. These covenants elevate us beyond the limits of our own power and perspective. We make covenants to show our devotion to build up the kingdom. We become covenant people as we are placed under covenant to God. All the promised blessings are ours through our faithfulness to these covenants.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Holy Temples, Sacred Covenants,” October 2008 General Conference

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“King Benjamin’s people made a covenant to obey God’s commandments, as has each of us. As you keep that covenant, you will stand as a witness among your peers.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Stand As a Witness,” April 2008 General Conference

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“Finally, making and keeping covenants also increases faith. The people of Ammon covenanted ‘that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives’ (Alma 24:18).

“We covenant when we are baptized and take upon us the name of Christ. We are reminded of those covenants when we partake of the sacrament. And when we keep those covenants, we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, who teaches us ‘all things’ (John 14:26).”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A Lesson from the Book of Mormon,” October 2007 General Conference

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“Cleaving, to me, means to stick to, to adhere, and to really hold on tight to the promises we make with the Lord. Our covenants will strengthen us to resist temptation. Keeping our covenants will steady us on the path of virtue. As we keep the covenants we have made at baptism, we will remain in the center of the path.

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Stay on the Path,” April 2007 General Conference

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“My first lesson in the process of becoming an instrument in God’s hand had been to search the scriptures, fast, pray, attend the temple, and live faithful to the covenants I had made in the house of the Lord. My second lesson was that in order to ‘boldly go forward,’ I needed to rely completely on the Lord and seek earnestly for personal revelation. In order to receive that revelation, I would have to live worthily to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost with me.

“My last lesson was precisely what Elder Maxwell explained. In even the smallest details of each day, I submitted my will to the Lord’s, for I so needed His help, His guidance, and His protection. As I did, gradually my relationship with my Father in Heaven changed—in profound ways—that continue to bless me and my family.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Knowing the Lord’s Will for You,” October 2005 General Conference

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“Keeping your covenants will enable you to be guided by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will protect and strengthen you and tell you ‘all things [that] you should do’ (2 Ne. 32:5). This gift sets you apart from the world.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“Sometimes it is hardest in our own homes to be our best selves. It requires that diligent effort of  ‘pressing forward.’ But when you keep your covenants, you will learn to more fully love those to whom you are eternally bound. Then you will also be able to extend your love beyond that circle to others.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Steadfast in Our Covenants,” April 2003 General Conference

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“Covenants not only coax us out of comfort zones and into new growth but lead others to do the same. Jesus said, ‘The works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do.’ His covenant keeping encourages ours.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Covenants save us from needless suffering. For example, when we obey the prophet’s guidance, we are keeping a covenant. He has counseled us to avoid debt, maintain a food supply, and become self-reliant. Living within our means blesses us beyond that obedience. It teaches us gratitude, restraint, unselfishness; it brings peace from financial pressures and protection from materialism’s greed. Keeping our lamps filled means that unforeseen circumstances do not hinder opportunities to declare with devotion, ‘Here am I; send me.’ ”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Covenants renewed invigorate and refresh a weary soul. Each Sunday when we partake of the sacrament, what happens in our hearts when we hear those words to ‘always remember him’? Do we improve the following week by refocusing on what matters most? Yes, we face hard things; yes, making changes is strenuous. But have you ever wondered how our sisters survived being driven from Nauvoo, many walking the entire trek? When their feet were tired, they were carried by their covenants! What else could grant such spiritual and physical fortitude?”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference

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“In the temple we make eternal covenants with our Father in Heaven. We make promises to Him, and in return He makes extraordinary promises to us. The next time you go to the temple, whether for yourself or your kindred dead, pay careful attention to the promises God makes to you, His daughter. In every part of the temple, the hallowed halls of God’s house are filled with comforting covenants—personal, intimate assurances of His eternal love.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Come to Relief Society,” October 1998 General Conference

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“There are both stormy seas and calm waters in life. But as Ether tells us, ‘Hope cometh of faith, [and] maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God’ (Ether 12:4). Covenants anchor us to solid ground, which, amidst the storms, makes our promises not only meaningful for eternity but vital for today. Have your covenants moved you to sing the song of redeeming love?”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Celebrating Covenants,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Brothers and sisters, covenant keeping will help you recall the One with whom you’re yoked, and your burden will be lighter.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Celebrating Covenants,” April 1995 General Conference

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“If you remember only one thing I say today, remember to hold on to your covenants and celebrate them. My covenants are an expression of my faith; they are why I stand before you today. Covenants help me focus on the big picture and not just the immediate. As my sons have served missions, I have seen covenants further the work of the Lord. Covenants help me make a difference in the lives of others. My covenants are not negotiable. They make the choice of righteousness easier. I humbly pray that our covenants might become a greater source of celebration and strength in our lives; that we may walk uprightly and steadfastly, that when we most need the Lord’s hand, it will be there waiting warmly. I treasure the covenants He has made with me and with all my heart hope to live faithful to them.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Celebrating Covenants,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Our willingness to take seriously our covenants brings comfort amid sorrows, joy amid pain, blessings amid suffering.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“To be a woman of covenant is a sacred and holy calling. Our covenants should ennoble us, serving as inspiration and incentive. A deepened understanding of our covenants lifts our vision to the loftier vistas awaiting us. As we are ‘true followers of … Jesus Christ,’ we can become the daughters of God, ‘that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.’ ”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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