How are we living the great commandment, loving the Lord?

I am loving this manual already? Are you? The Ezra Taft Benson manual starts with Chapter 1: Living the Great Commandment- Love the Lord. Read this first line with me: 

"When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives."

It is as simple (or difficult) as that. The lesson goes on to talk about how we show our love for God and how the blessings abundantly flow once we do. President Benson stated:

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life."

Wow! Did you read all those blessings? Its not just spiritual blessings but also physical and emotional. We just need to have the right priorities- perfect lesson for the beginning of a new year. 

Questions to Ponder

These questions all come from the manual. Share your answers in the comments so we can all learn from each other (different perspectives often provide more insight).

  • Why do you think this commandment should come first?
  • What insights do you gain from the way President Benson related charity to this commandments?
  • What does it mean to you to "put God first"?
  • When have you seen the blessings of putting God first?
  • What examples can you think of where people have put God first? In what ways have their lives become better than if they did it on their own?

Study Schedule Idea

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Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 1: Living the Great Commandment- Love the Lord (remember if you need to, you can listen to these talks online or using the Gospel Library App)


Joshua 24:14-15

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 7:21

John 14:15, 21-24

John 17:3

1 Corinthians 2:9

1 Nephi 3:7

Moroni 10:32


"The Great Commandment- Love the Lord" by President Benson (This is the talk this lesson is based off so a lot of it will be the same)


"Love- the Essence of the Gospel" by President Thomas S. Monson- Love this talk and how it goes with President Benson's so well.


"The Great Commandment" by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (former apostle)- One of my favorite quotes from this talk is, "We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever."


"Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love" by Elder Gene R. Cook (First Quorum of the 70)- Note the section Recognizing, Receiving, and Conveying God's Love.


Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 1: Living the Great Commandment- Love the Lord- What do you notice now that was different than before- which words strike you more? How can you apply this in your life? How have you seen other people keep this commandment? Share you thoughts and answers in comments. Let's start a conversation with each other as we study!

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