What is the purpose of the commandments? (Joseph Smith)

“God has given certain laws to the human family, which, if observed, are sufficient to prepare them to inherit [His celestial] rest.  This, then, we conclude, was the purpose of God in giving His laws to us: if not, why, or for what were they given?  If the whole family of man were as well off without them as they might be with them, for what purpose or intent were they ever given?”
Joseph Smith
-Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 54

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