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Transcript of knowledge
The Plan of Salvation was Formed & Finalized
- God always considers, first and foremost,
the eternal destiny of His children
His will, and collectively, His plan to His children
God noticed the importance of making known,
God Sends Angels
In order to:
- Teach about God's nature & glory
- Prepare one's heart & mind to receive Christ
Men Turn to God and Seek His Will
As God sends "Angels" two things are accomplished
He Tests the Faith of Everyone Involved
He Separates the Faithful from the Flakes.
- God does not come and manifest himself personally unto every individual because that would nullify the opportunity to exercise faith for all involved.
He who is sent
He to whom the representative was sent
Parents, Prophets, Relief Society President, Home Teacher, Brother or Sister
children, members of a quorum, communities, nations, etc.
(Arise and Obey with Faith or Flee out of Fear?)
- Those sent (prophets, parents, leaders, missionaries, etc.) were conduits with one purpose: TEACH and BARE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST'S NATURE
men would know to which source they could turn for a remission of their sins
- Once that relationship is established God can then reveal many marvelous things unto the children of men
They want to receive them, which is evident in their A) FAITH B) REPENTANCE and C) HOLY WORKS
This is the END GOAL, the DESIRED OUTCOME, the BOTTOM LINE, it is the OVERARCHING PURPOSE:
TO TURN PEOPLE TO THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
- God can only reveal Eternal Truths to and make
Covenants with those who come unto Him
"God has revealed His perfect character so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in Him without reservation"
Bible Dictionary "FAITH"
- There are certain things that Heavenly Father reserves to tell
His children himself. "Angels" do not, and should not think it is
their responsibility to provide all the answers. They simply reveal
God's true character, through their words and deeds, thus impelling the spiritual nature of man to turn to their spiritual creator
POWER IMPORTANCE KNOWLEDGE
God Gives Commandments
You cannot change beyond your level of knowledge
As these two grow together, proportionately
in that particular
It is possible to only increase in conceptual knowledge and not understanding.
a "fun fact" person
Your Circumference of Knowledge of a particular sphere largely
determines your capacity in that sphere
KNOWLEDGE & AGENCY
Principle: Without Knowledge, Agency's Design becomes Nullified.
Opposition creates the obstacle course for our agency to be tested but without a knowledge of good and evil we cant truly prove where our loyalties lie.
2. Opposition initiates the use of agency
1. Agency implies the ability to choose & act for oneself
3. Agency, coupled with knowledge, allows one
to choose whether to follow good or evil
2 Nephi 2:11
KNOWLEDGE comes by Faith
Seeking Truth Diligently with "Eyes to See"
UNDERSTANDING comes by Holy Works
When what is known in the mind is confirmed true in the heart, understanding occurs.
As you exercise faith, ACTING on the knowledge you acquire, your heart opens and your mind expands
Power comes equivalent to Desires (INTELLIGENCE)
Power is given according to Righteous Desires and proportionate with Acquired Knowledge
The Pattern of Learning
the following happens:
1. Faith is Kindled -
2. We learn Truth
3. Desire to do good increases
the following happens:
1. Understanding grows & expands
2. Change of Heart is experienced & maintained
Blind obedience is still obedience, BUT
until you Understand the "WHY" of your
obedience, that blindness will put a limit
on your power and progression
Once Adam and Eve had a knowledge of
good and evil (the "WHAT" to obey) God
then sent angels to reveal the Gospel Plan
and the Glory of God (thus making known
the "WHY" to obey).
As we acquire more knowledge, intentionally,
and act on that knowledge, our understanding
will grow and expand. In so doing, we further
our conversion, increase our capacity to help
others do the same, and are ultimately more
prepared to meet our Creator.
What is the ultimate purpose of gaining knowledge?
It was expedient that Adam fall in order to gain knowledge. Why? Because only then were they in a position capable of becoming Godlike.
The Role of Knowledge in the P.o.S.
Consider the timing of God in giving commandments:
taught the P.o.S. which =
Adam & Eve and King Lamoni were
knowledge of Truth, which automatically =
capacity to change
and experienced a change of heart, which came from:
Acting on acquired knowledge, which was proceeded by:
Desire to do good, which was facilitated by:
Intentional learning of Truth
God gave commandments so that they knew HOW
to continue on the path once they were taught it.
Commandments show us "HOW" to get from one
level of spirituality to the next
(go and do or sit and stew)
Again, consider the timing,
AFTER telling them the Plan, God THEN gave commandments
He told them the "WHY"
He said you are at point
A and you need to get to point B. Why? Because
that is the only way you can live with and like me
He gave them commandments to show them "HOW"
to get from point A to point B. There is no point in telling
the word of God
With a knowledge of the Plan (the "WHY") comes an awareness of agency's significance which helps us see clearly the purpose
them HOW to obtain a certain something if they don't
know WHAT it is and WHY they should obtain it
1. To Show Us the Way
2. To Test Our Faith and Allegiance
The PROCESS of CHANGE
ADAM & EVE
Could NOT change and progress
beyond their current level of
knowledge (or lack of) in the
Garden of Eden
He and his household were trapped
in ignorance from the false traditions
of their fathers and therefor could not
progress or change
After partaking of the fruit and
being cast out of the garden God
sent Angels to teach them His plan
and testify of His nature and glory
Ammon comes and teaches King Lamoni
about the Plan of Redemption and the
glory and divine nature of God
Adam & Eve have an open heart
and are intentional, not coincidental,
learners, thus allowing them to grow
in their knowledge base
King Lamoni's knowledge of the
Doctrines of the Gospel grow
and expand. He is learning more
and more the WHY
As the "WHY" is made more clear
there comes an increase desire to
keep God's commandments
King Lamoni expresses his
willingness to sacrifice all that he
has in order to be forgiven. This
desire reflects his learning of Truth
Adam & Eve act on the knowledge
they have obtained thus far and
call upon God and repent
King Lamoni gets on his knees and
and prays for forgiveness, acting on
new knowledge and the invitation
Their hearts and minds expand in understanding and with that
comes a change of Attitude, Desires, Beliefs, Views & Behaviors
is the Key
As we act we gain understanding and
open the door for more knowledge and Truth
1 Nephi 20:17-18
3 Nephi 27:13-17
3 Nephi 9:14,22
1 Nephi 6
2 Nephi 9:28-29
2 Nephi 2:26
2 Nephi 2:27
3 Nephi 21:27-28
2 Ne 31:19-21