Monday, May 16, 2016
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that life didn’t begin at birth. Before we came to earth, our spirits lived with our Heavenly Father who created us. We knew Him, and He knew and loved us. While we were with him we were taught of God’s Plan of Happiness (as know as Plan of Salvation).
God created the earth as a place for us to live and gain experience, He also created us. He gave us a body of flesh and blood in the likeness of His glorified body. In Genesis 1:26 in the Old Testament God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” In Luke 24:39 in the New Testament, when the resurrected Christ appeared to His Apostles, He told them, "Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
"The gospel teaches us that we are the spirit children of heavenly parents. Before our mortal birth, we lived as the sons and daughters of the Eternal Father. We were placed here on earth to work toward eternal life. These truths give us a unique perspective and different values to guide our decisions from those who doubt the existence of God and believe that life is not part of an eternal plan.
Our understanding of life begins with a council in heaven. There the spirit children of God were taught his eternal plan, the great plan of happiness. We had progressed as far as we could without a physical body. To realize a fulness of joy, we had to prove our willingness to keep the commandments of God in a circumstance where we had no memory of what took place before our birth on earth.
In our lives here on earth, we would become subject to death, and we would be soiled by sin. To reclaim us from death and sin, our Heavenly Father’s plan provided us a Savior, whose atonement would redeem all from death and pay the price necessary for us all to be forgiven of our sins if we keep his commandments and repent of our sins.
When we understand the Plan of Salvation, we also understand the purpose and effect of the commandments God has given his children. He teaches us correct principles and invites us to govern ourselves. We do this by the choices we make.
We who know God’s plan and have covenanted, or promised, to participate in it must desire to do what is right, and we must do all that we can all our lives. When we have done all that we can, we can rely on God’s promised mercy." By Elder Dallin H. Oaks
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Plan of Salvation
Posted by Wendy J at 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Twice a year, during the first full weekend of the months of April and October we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints get to enjoy listening to our Prophet Thomas S. Monson and other leaders in our church. During the conference, Church leaders will speak on spiritual topics. For more about general conference click on the link below.
What is General Conference
What is General Conference
Posted by Wendy J at 6:27 PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
I feel so blessed to have a wonderful husband, my three beautiful children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and four amazing grandchildren as part of my family. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father that will allow us to be together forever for all eternity. I'm also grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ, who came to earth to be our example to help us to live righteously, so that we can live with Him again someday.
Posted by Wendy J at 4:15 PM