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COVENANTS OF NO VALUE UNLESS KEPT

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The importance of living up to ordinances and covenants was emphasized by Elder Jorge A. Rojas of the Seventy in his priesthood session address Saturday evening.

Elder Rojas presented his remarks as if he, as a father, were interviewing his son who was soon to be ordained to the office of deacon.Elder Rojas explained, "Father in Heaven loves us. . . . And He loves us so much that He is waiting for us. He wants us to go back to Him.

"In order to go back, we need to love and have faith in Him."

The Savior said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me," quoted Elder Rojas. (John 14:6.)

The Lord also said that those who love Him keep His commandments. "So we love Him by keeping His commandments. He loves us by helping us to go back. Now that's an agreement between Him and us. It is a very sacred agreement. Sacred agreements are called covenants."

Covenants are made official by an ordinance, such as baptism or ordination to the office of a deacon. After the ordinance is performed, "you must live up to the agreement. What good will a covenant do (I agree to do something), or an ordinance (I hereby sign the agreement) if you ultimately don't [live up to itT?"

Additional ordinances await, including that of being ordained to the office of elder prior to serving a mission. And additional covenants await in the temple, he said.