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Plan of Happiness

Who am I? Why am I here? What's it all for?
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Elder Colton Baird

on 14 May 2010

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Transcript of Plan of Happiness

The Plan of Happiness
the creation our life on earth agency and the fall of adam and eve The Resurrection, Judgement, and Immortality ~Kingdoms of Glory~ ....Will you pray to know that what you've learned is true? Will you repent of your sins? The Spirit WOrld the Atonement Under the direction of the Father, Jesus Christ created the earth as a place for you to live and gain experience. To progress and become like God, you had to obtain a body and be tested during a time of probation on the earth. While on the earth, you are out of God’s physical presence and do not remember your pre-earth life. Therefore, you must walk by faith rather than by sight. Adam and Eve were the first of God’s children to come to Earth. God placed them in the Garden of Eden. Here they did not remember their former existence though they were still able to enjoy God’s presence and could have lived forever. Adam and Eve were given agency to make their own choices on the earth. He commanded them not to eat the forbidden fruit, or the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obeying this commandment meant they could remain in the garden, but they could not progress by experiencing opposition in mortality. They could not know joy because they could not experience sorrow and pain. Satan was allowed to tempt Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and they chose to do so... Adam and Eve then became mortal—subject to sin and death—and were unable to return to Heavenly Father without His help. They could now experience disease and all types of suffering. They had moral agency, or the ability to choose between good and evil, which made it possible for them to learn and progress. It also made it possible for them to make wrong choices and to sin. In addition, they could now have children, so the rest of God’s spirit children could come to Earth, obtain physical bodies, and be proven. All this was in accordance with the plan of God. Only in this way could God’s children progress and become like Him. Heavenly Father then sent angels and the Holy Ghost to teach Adam and Eve the plan of salvation. Central to this plan is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which enables God’s children to overcome the effects of the Fall and to obtain eternal life by obedience. Lessons you must learn here in mortality include how to:
Be humble, obedient, and kind.
Love and serve Him and His children.
Devote your life to doing good and helping His other children to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Overcome the appetites of the flesh and follow the promptings of the spirit. You make many choices every day. Whatever you choose—good or bad—you also choose, knowingly or not, the consequences of your choices. Lasting happiness and progression come from choosing to do what God wants you to do. Because Heavenly Father loves us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to voluntarily suffer and pay for your sins, pains, sicknesses, and sorrows. Through His grace and the mercy of this Atonement—the most important event in the history of the world—He can help you in your trials and relieve you of the guilt and shame that result from your sins. Though He paid for your sins, Jesus did not eliminate your agency or personal responsibility; He will not make you clean against your will... To sincerely repent, you must:
Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by your sin.
Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone you have harmed.
When possible, repair the damage you have done.
Forsake your sins.
Strive to keep the commandments.
True repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” ( Doctrine and Covenants 58:42). From an earthly perspective, physical death may seem like an end, though it is really a step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan. Heavenly Father knew that many of His children would never have an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ during their lives and that others would choose not to follow Him. Because He loves His children and is just, God provided a way for those in the spirit world to learn about His plan, have faith in Jesus Christ, and repent. Those who choose to accept and follow Jesus Christ will have peace and rest. When Jesus Christ’s friends went to visit His tomb, they found angels there who told them, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6) .
This reuniting of body and spirit is called resurrection, and everyone who is born on earth, whether they are righteous or wicked, will be given this gift of immortality ( 1 Corinthians 15:22). When your body and spirit are reunited through the Resurrection, you will be brought into God’s presence to be judged with a perfect memory of your righteousness and your guilt. You will be rewarded according to your works and your desires and, if you have repented, you will receive mercy. Only those who have kept God’s commandments, received the ordinances of the gospel, and repented of their sins will be cleansed by the Atonement of Christ and be able to live in God’s presence and know the fulness of His joy. ~Celestial kingdom~ Those who are worthy to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reside in the celestial kingdom. If you live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ and are cleansed from sin by the Atonement, you will receive a place in this, the highest kingdom, where you will live in God’s presence and know complete joy. ~Terrestrial Kingdom~ People who refuse to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ but who live honorable lives will receive a place in the terrestrial kingdom. ~Telestial Kingdom~ Those who continue in their sins and do not repent until after they have died, will eventually receive a place in the telestial kingdom. "to atone is to suffer the penalty for sins, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him or her to be reconciled to God." How can I know this is true? Pre-mortal life Your life did not begin at birth, nor will it end at death. Heavenly Father created your spirit, and you lived with Him as a spirit before you received your physical body and were born on earth. This period is called pre-earth life or premortal life. Throughout your pre-earth life, you were taught the principles and commandments that would lead to happiness, with freedom to choose to grow in intelligence and love of the truth, or not. During this pre-earth life, Jesus Christ, then known as Jehovah was chosen as the Savior and you learned that, through Him, you would be able to overcome the effects of any wrong choices. God’s purpose—His work and His glory—is to bring to pass the immortality (resurrection) and eternal life (life with God) of His children. He desires every one of His children to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy in His presence after this life. Heavenly Father knew that you could only progress to a certain point without the experience of mortality. In order to become more like Him, you would need to receive a physical body. God our Father is the creator of our spirits, and we are created in His likeness physically when we are born. Our mortal life also provides us with an opportunity to:
Gain experience from overcoming trials and temptations.
Learn to walk by faith.
Learn to choose between good and evil.
Thus, our Heavenly Father instituted His plan to help us reach our divine potential. "And now I say unto you that the time shall come.... ...that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people..." (Mosiah 15:28) That time has come...... How can I know this is true?
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