The Savior’s Example of Obedience
    Footnotes

    “The Savior’s Example of Obedience,” Liahona, April 2015, 54–57

    The Savior’s Example of Obedience

    His example sets the pattern for all of us to follow.

    Jesus Christ

    “Of all the lessons we learn from the life of the Savior, none is more clear and powerful than the lesson of obedience,” taught Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the April 2014 general conference. The Savior’s example teaches us not only why obedience to Heavenly Father is important but also how we can be obedient. As you review the following examples from His ministry, think about how they might set a path for you to follow in your life.

    Christ’s baptism

    1. Although Jesus was without sin, he submitted to baptism “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:13–17; see also 2 Nephi 31:4–7; John 3:5).

    boy Jesus in the temple

    2. At the age of 12, when Joseph and Mary found Jesus teaching in the temple, He “was subject unto them,” and obediently returned home with them (see Luke 2:42–51).

    Boy Jesus in the Temple courtesy of Grant Romney Clawson

    Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

    3. Though He asked if the cup could pass from Him, He submitted to the suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Matthew 26:36–44; Luke 22:39–54).

    Photo illustration courtesy of Church Publishing Services

    Jesus Christ at the temple

    4. He kept the Sabbath and attended services in the synagogue (see Luke 4:16–44).

    Photo illustration courtesy of Church Publishing Services

    Christ before the Sanhedrin

    5. Jesus submitted to be judged of men that the Father’s work and glory might come to pass (see Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:53; Moses 1:39).

    Photo illustration courtesy of Church Publishing Services

    Christ being crucified

    6. He finished His work by allowing wicked men to crucify Him (see Matthew 27:35; John 10:17–18; Galatians 1:3–5).

    Photo illustration courtesy of Church Publishing Services

    Christ in the spirit world

    7. Always obedient to His Father, Jesus went to the spirit world and organized the missionary work there (see 1 Peter 3:18–20; 4:6).

    Christ in the Midst courtesy of Judith A. Mehr

    Christ commanding Satan to depart

    8. Jesus was tempted by Satan, but He did not yield (see Matthew 4:1–11; D&C 20:22).

    Get Thee Hence, Satanby Carl Heinrich Bloch

    First Vision

    9. He continues to do the Father’s will and direct the Church (see Joseph Smith—History 1:16–17; D&C 19:2, 24).

    Joseph Smith’s First Vision courtesy of Greg K. Olsen