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Obedience is Better than Gold

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 05, 2013

Obedience is Better than Gold

By H.M.

‘Twould be better, dear Alice,
Than to live in a palace
That you still should do what you are told;
This good lesson don’t spurn,
And you, someday will learn,
That Obedience is better than gold.

You, of course, understand
Each and ev’ry command,
Unto you, that is rightfully given,
Through the Priesthood must flow,
Which you very well know
Was restored by God’s agents from Heaven.




  1. I’m wondering if H.M. was writing this to a daughter, or a wife?

    Comment by kevinf — September 5, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  2. That would completely change the inferences, wouldn’t it, kevinf? :) (This appeared in the Juvenile Instructor.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 5, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  3. Send it over to fMh with a note that Alice was H.M.’s beloved seventh wife. :)

    Comment by Mark B. — September 5, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

  4. Clearly, the whole “Obedience is the first law of Heaven” thing started very early in Mormonism.

    Comment by Kent Larsen — September 6, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  5. Note to self: Don’t use this poem in the next FHE lesson.

    Comment by David Y. — September 6, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

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