20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
Irrevocably—unchangeably or irreversibly; finally; in a way that can’t be taken back
Decreed—officially ordered by a recognized authority
Before the foundations of this world
“All blessings that were ordained for man by the Council of Heaven were on conditions of obedience to the law thereof.”
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 164.
When we obtain any blessing
The scriptures contain many instances of specific blessings promised to us when we obey certain commandments. Here are just a few examples. Can you find more?
Guidance and answers to prayers if we keep the commandment to “be thou humble” (see D&C 112:10).
Protection against the powers of darkness if we follow the prophet (see D&C 21:4–6).
Knowing the “mysteries of God” if we repent, exercise faith, bring forth good works, and pray continually (see Alma 26:22).
Eternal life if we keep all the commandments and endure to the end (see D&C 14:7).
It is by obedience
“God’s choicest blessings are clearly contingent upon obedience to God’s laws and commandments. The key teaching is from modern revelation [D&C 130:20–21]. …
“… This great principle helps us understand the why of many things.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Love and Law,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 27.
Obedience to that law
“If you really want a certain blessing, you’d better find out what the laws are that govern that blessing and then work on becoming obedient to those laws.”
Editors’ note: This page is not meant to be a comprehensive explanation of the selected scripture verse, only a starting point for your own study.