I want to say a word about the principle of obedience. We who
are here have great hopes for peace in this world and exaltation in the presence
of God in the world to come. That is our objective. . .
It is my firm conviction, however, that the only saving hope
we have in this matter, is that hope which is based upon a faith strong enough
to impel obedience to the things which we know are right. I don't have very much
respect for a man who testifies that he has faith in the principle of tithing,
unless he lives it. Neither do I think his faith will do him any good unless he
does pay his tithing. And I almost have contempt for the men who say they have
faith in the leadership of this Church, who do not follow in their living the
things which the leadership of the Church teach them. I refer, of course, to the
men whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators.
The principle of obedience to the laws of the gospel is
fundamental. It lies at the base. . . .
Our obedience, brothers and sisters, must be self-impelled.
We should not render obedience because we are forced to do it, or because the
bishop is looking, or because the General Authorities are present. We must
render obedience because we love righteousness and have a testimony of the truth
in our hearts, and because we want to go back to our Father in heaven and help
take all his children with us.
Furthermore, we ought to obey his commandments as they are
given. We ought not to twist and turn and bend them to our will; we ought to
obey them as they come from the mouths of these men who sit here on this stand,
because they speak of God. If we do not, our faith is vain. -ELDER MARION G.