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Final Synthesis Project

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Transcript of Final Synthesis Project

Perspective on Divorce through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ
Marriage is meant to be an eternal union of a man and a woman, with family relationships enduring throughout eternity.
Article of Faith # 6
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
Article of Faith #3:
Article of Faith # 13
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.
Divorce is painful.
Husbands suffer, wives suffer, children suffer, and so do extended family members
and friends.

Breaking up a family is not part of God’s plan. Sometimes things don’t work out according to what is planned.
Hope
We are human & we make mistakes. We mess up, but there is hope.

Hope is available through the Atonement
of Jesus Christ.

He suffered all for us, and as a result we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. We can be saved by our obedience to His Laws.
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ,
all mankind may be saved,
by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
President Spencer W. Kimball explained:

“The Lord organized the whole program in the beginning with
a father
who procreates, provides, and loves and directs, and
a mother
who conceives and bears and nurtures and feeds and trains.

The Lord could have organized it otherwise but chose to have a unit with responsibility and purposeful associations where children train and discipline each other and come to love, honor, and appreciate each other.

The family is the great plan of life as conceived and organized by our Father in Heaven.”
(Ensign, July 1973, p. 15.)
Elder Dallin H. Oaks,
an Apostle of the
Lord Jesus Christ, said,

"A good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection."

The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ increases our perspective and understanding of the doctrine and purposes of marriage.
Article of Faith # 9
We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God
Marriage is a virtuous thing we should seek after.
Marriage is a celestial thing to strive for.

It is so sacred that Satan tries to demean it in every way. Divorce is a powerful way to diminish the value of this sacred institution.

Divorce completely
destroys
marriage.

Marriage isn’t always easy and couples often endure significant challenges. Rather than working through problems, some elect to divorce.

Marriage
is something that should be
endured
.
It’s a journey to take with your partner and loved one. When marriage is based upon love with
Jesus Christ
at the
center
, it can be virtuous, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy.
This Article of Faith helps us understand that we have a living prophet and leaders to seek advice from. By turning to our Bishop in time of healing and repentance we can strengthen a troubled marriage.

Divorce can leave one questioning self-worth, and dealing with depression and hopelessness. The scriptures and modern day prophets teach us that the
Savior
is the only salve and answer.

These mortal experiences should always cause us to turn to Him to find peace and hope. Our leaders in this church, which is the same organization that existed in the Primitive church, can lead us through the challenges of life with peace and hope.
In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” we learn that, “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”

Marriage and family are immensely important in this mortal probation.
Temple marriage seals families for eternity.
Divorce thwarts the Creator’s plan for His children.

As a result of continuing revelation, this has been revealed to us by a living prophet of God.
Living prophets and apostles, called by God to lead His church on earth, continue to reveal God's will for each of us, His children. As we apply that revelation to our lives, our marriages and families will be strengthened, healed and ultimately exalted.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ gives us hope in all things. “Marriage was meant to be and can be a loving, binding, and harmonious relationship between a husband and wife.... The ideal marriage is the faithfulness of a man and a woman to each other, a faithfulness that began when each had chosen the other.... Marriage is sustained by faith and knowledge of its divine establishment, and is sustained daily by the energy of love.” (David B. Haight, Marriage and Divorce, Ensign May 1984)
We testify that marriage is ordained of God. “For most marriage problems, the remedy is not divorce but repentance. Often the cause is not incompatibility but selfishness. The first step is not separation but reformation. Divorce is not an all-purpose solution, and it often creates long-term heartache.” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Divorce”, General Conference, April 2007). “Marriage should be beautiful and fulfilling, with joy beyond our fondest dreams, for “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11:11.).” (David B. Haight, Marriage and Divorce, Ensign May
Group Help
Jamie -
Intro Slide & Thesis

Lisa & Kiana
4 Articles of Faith

Gene
Scriptures and comments

Sharon & Sherry
a Message to the World –

Gene
Summary Slide

Jamie & Gene
Organize Prezi slides as content is loaded.
Summary
The ordinances and covenants associated with Eternal Marriage as well as the eternal role of man and woman together are absolutely critical to exaltation. Helping others understand these things through the scriptures, prophets, and our own sad experiences thus becomes the strength and blessing of others and future generations.
Message to the World
For those who are contemplating divorce, and also those who have suffered the pains of divorce, there is hope. Our Heavenly Father is literally the father of our spirits. We are His children, whom He loves and for whom He has a plan prepared for us to progress. Our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, gave each of us the gift of the Atonement. Not only can we be forgiven of our mistakes, but we can be comforted knowing that Christ has also felt our pain. Forgiving the other spouse and ourselves can help to heal the pain of divorce.


Message to the World Continued

Heavenly Father has given us wonderful church leaders to help guide us along this path. The leaders of this Church are the same that existed in the Primitive Church and we can turn to them for guidance. Our Prophet and Apostles, as well as our local Bishop are concerned about the trend in society toward divorce. There is peace to be found for each of us as we study the teachings of our living prophets and all those who serve in the church. We also have the scriptures, the Ensign, and General Conference addresses that are inspired by God to help us in our journey on Earth. As we strive to be “virtuous, lovely and of good report”, our Heavenly Father will give us the guidance, peace and hope.
Testimony
We testify that marriage is ordained of God. “For most marriage problems, the remedy is not divorce but repentance. Often the cause is not incompatibility but selfishness. The first step is not separation but reformation. Divorce is not an all-purpose solution, and it often creates long-term heartache.” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Divorce”, General Conference, April 2007). We must look for the good within ourselves and within our spouse. The atonement is there to guide and comfort us in our trials. Our Father in Heaven loves us more than we can understand. Although we may have trials in this life, He wants us to be happy and find joy in everything around us.
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