By searching the holy scriptures we discover God’s constitution for goodness and a happy life. The principles, precepts and parameters found therein can provide a lifelong course of instruction on such matters as how to become and remain a covenant person; how to keep God first in our lives; how to avoid the perils of the prosperity cycle; how to attend to the needs and ease the burdens of the less fortunate; how to repent of our sins and enjoy the cleansing power of the blood of Christ; how to live a sane and balanced life; and how to prepare for what lies ahead. The scriptures also teach us what God is like: how He extends to each of us His ongoing and everlasting tender mercies; what He commends and what He condemns; His infinite patience and long suffering with finite and struggling mortals; and His special oversight of and individual care for the outcast and the excluded. If I decide that I want to be a more Godly person, it only makes sense that I should search the scriptures, search the revelations to discover those attributes and qualities of our Lord that seem so very desirable.
We can ask the question regularly, “What would Jesus do?” when we find ourselves in circumstances that require an answer or an action. And in many cases we will discover in the Testaments (the Bible and Book of Mormon) specific deeds or determinations of Jehovah or Jesus Christ that point the way. Further, we can meditate on the principles being taught, principles that can be applied to myriad situations. Such a course in life will gradually help us comprehend why the imitation of Christ, the emulation of Him who never took a backward step, who did all things wisely and well, is one of the highest forms of worship. “‘What would Jesus do?’ or ‘What would He have me do?’ are the paramount personal questions of this life,” President Ezra Taft Benson observed. “Walking in His way is the greatest achievement of life. That man or woman is most truly successful whose life most closely parallels that of the Master.”