Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy has taught, “We honor Heavenly Father as we deepen our relationship with Him by making and keeping all the saving covenants and ordinances.” Elder Sitati shares the four most important covenants we make that mark the path back to God.
- Baptism brings us into the first covenant relationship with God. When we’re baptized we “take upon [us] the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end” (D&C 20:37).
- Men who keep the covenant of baptism qualify to enter into the oath and covenant of the priesthood. This is a covenant of service for the salvation of God’s children.
- Through temple ordinances and covenants, we learn to understand the purpose of this life and to become prepared for eternal life.
- By taking the sacrament worthily every Sabbath day, we confirm our continuing willingness to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and to renew our commitment to keep all the covenants we have made.
“Jesus Christ, through His Atonement, enables us to fulfill our obligations in each covenant as we exercise faith in Him.”