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TitleThe Middoni Principle
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLine, C. Robert
JournalReligious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel
KeywordsAaron (Son of King Mosiah); Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Commandment; King Lamoni; Lamanite; Middoni (Polity); Missionary Work; Obedience

“The Middoni principle” entails more than mere obedience. It involves “intelligent” obedience, coupled with the knowledge that although the Lord may often want what we want, his method for realizing those wants is not always identical with our methods. Not only are his methods often different from ours, they are superior as well. “Obedience [is not] a mindless shifting of our personal responsibility,” Elder Maxwell declared. “Instead, it is tying ourselves to a living God who will introduce us—as soon as we are ready—to new and heavier responsibilities involving situations of high adventure. Obedience, therefore, is not evasion; it is an invasion—one that takes us deep into the realm of our possibilities.”