Selected Teachings on
The Gospel Embraces the Laws of Life

David O. McKay (President)

We are in a world of inexorable law. If we obey the laws of sin, we reap the reward of sin; if the laws of righteousness, we reap the reward of righteousness. How clearly the Prophet Joseph Smith set forth this truth in the revelation that says, "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated --

"And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D. & C. 130:20-21.)

How great, how glorious is the gospel of Jesus Christ that sets forth in clearness and simplicity the laws of life. Mormonism, so-called, embraces all these laws, and is, therefore, truly the philosophy of living. How tragic that end which comes through disobedience to these laws. Such an end is marked by physical debility, heartaches, discouragement, self-condemnation, sadness, abandonment, despair, death; "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23.) (Gospel Ideals, p.539-540)