(November 21, 2015)
Conditional language in the scriptures is a powerful thing – if there is something added to the text (especially by the voice of the Lord), then we can fairly place particular emphasis on whatever happens to be added.
For example, in these Sections we read that we must observe covenants by sacrifice. Note that it isn’t sufficient for us to merely observe covenants (as though observing our covenants could be considered ‘mere’), but that we must observe our covenants by sacrifice. It is safe to say, based upon the text from the Lord, that if we believe that we are obeying our covenants and yet we are not sacrificing, then we are fooling ourselves.