What is the admonition of Paul?

St Paul (Burne Jones)

The mutual theme for this year is the 13th Article of Faith, which states: We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Some teenagers this year are wondering, “What exactly is the ‘admonition of Paul?’”

Well, it’s actually a fairly easy mystery to solve. When Joseph Smith penned the 13th article of faith he probably had Philippians 4:8 in mind. It says:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

So in other words, Joseph Smith was emphasizing the importance of this “admonition” from the Apostle Paul to seek for and think about good things.

By the way, have you visited the new LDS youth website? It has tons of great videos and music is a great way to “seek after these things.”

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