Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Our Message

The gospel's greatest beauty lies in its simplicity. Many attempt to overcomplicate the message in their own minds, because humans enjoy doing so, but it is not necessary. Our message is this:

God is our loving Heavenly Father who desires His children to become like Him. He established a plan "to bring to pass [our] immortality and eternal life" (Moses 1:39). The Plan of Redemption has been given to righteous men, who God calls as prophets, by His own mouth and the mouths of angels through all time, who then declare this supernal plan to the rest of God's children. What is this plan?

"IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life" (The Family). The Plan was an impossible one, save there was a Savior provided for us. Among the spirits, "there stood one...that was like unto God" (Abraham 3:24). Jesus accepted the Father's invitation to save us all, and we accepted Him as our Savior.

Under the direction of the Father, Jesus created all that was created. "The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him" (Doctrine & Covenants 93:10). This creation gave a place for which God's family to obtain bodies and experience. Adam and Eve were placed upon the earth as the first people.

When placed into the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were sealed together as husband and wife. God, further, gave them two commandments: "[thou shalt not eat of] the tree of the knowledge of good and evil...nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Moses 3:17) and "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Moses 2:28). In this state, "they would have had no children" (2 Nephi 2:23), but God left the path open for them to choose to leave their Edenic state into a fallen world where they could have children. Thus, the Fall of Adam and Eve allowed that their family could grow.

Shortly after the Fall, "the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God, and by his own voice, and by the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Moses 5:58). What was the gospel that was preached to the children of men? "[Jesus] came into the world to do the will of [His] Father, because [His] Father sent [Him]. And [His] Father sent [Him] that [He] might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that [He] had been lifted up upon the cross, that [He] might draw all men unto [Him]" (3 Nephi 27:13-14).

The Savior came to the world to perform the Atonement. As he bled from every pore, not only did He ransom you from your sins, and feel your struggles, He also allowed for a little thought of blessing to happen. "The Atonement allows for the family to be sealed together eternally. It allows for families to have eternal growth and perfection. The plan of happiness, also called the plan of salvation, was a plan created for families" (Julie B Beck).

Without the Atonement, all ordinances would be in vain. The Plan of Salvation, the Plan of Happiness, is this: Jesus Christ came to the world to bind families together. The power of sealing was allowed as He suffered in a way we cannot understand. We may not know all the reasons why, but we know Families are Forever, through "him that redeemed us" (Behold, a Royal Army).

Come, accept His sacrifice today through the gospel ordinances. He loves your family, and wants you in His.