The Plan of Happiness

Intro Post

Alright, so this is more heavily based on LDS doctrine than most of my posts. I’m going to be talking about the Plan of Salvation. Or rather, attempting to talk about it. It’s quite a topic and I strongly suggest you go to lds.org, search plan of salvation, and and learn more about it. I’ll just be going over the very basics of it. Here we go.

Here is the basic visual used when teaching the plan of salvation. Please forgive the lack of artistry, drawing on a computer is not easy.

Here is the basic visual used when teaching the plan of salvation. Please forgive the lack of artistry, drawing on a computer is not easy.

Let’s walk through the basics of this. First we have the Premortal Life. The name is pretty self explanatory, it’s the time we spent before we came to Earth (Abraham 3:22-25 (Pearl of Great Price)). After that we come to this Earth to gain a mortal body. This is the stage we are in now (Alma 34:32 (Book of Mormon)). When we die our spirits go to either spirit paradise, where the righteous go, or spirit prison, where the wicked go (Alma 40: 12-14 (Book of Mormon). Our spirits stay there until the Second Coming of Christ. Through Him we are resurrected and brought to the judgement seat. From there it is determined whether we’ll spend eternity is the Celestial (D&C 76:70), Terrestrial (D&C 76:71), or Telestial (D&C 76:81) kingdom. The model above can be referred to the Real Estate version, the focus being placed on location.

The purpose of the plan is to become something to get somewhere we can stay. So let’s look at a model that reflects this.

This is the plan we learned in my Book of Mormon class. Instead of emphasis on location it puts the emphasis on the Atonement and Christ.

This is the plan we learned in my Book of Mormon class. Instead of emphasis on location it puts the emphasis on the Atonement and Christ.

We will fall, this is inevitable. We are not able to live a perfect life in order to return to our Heavenly Father. Only one person was able to live a perfect life, Jesus Christ. But because He atoned for our sins and overcame physical death for us. In the Judgement Day we will be before God and He will not be allowed to erase our sins so that we can live with Him. But through the mercy and love of Christ He will pay the debt of our sins and we’ll be able to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be saved on the Judgement Day we will need to have and exercise faith in Jesus Christ, repent, make and keep sacred covenants (like baptism), receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end.

In the Book of Mormon Samuel the Lamanite tries to teach the people that they need to repent of their sins in order to live with our Heavenly Father again. The people kick him out and try to keep him from preaching his message of repentance because they are so wicked they don’t want to hear it. But Samuel doesn’t give up. The Lord asks him to preach to these people repentance and he does what the Lord tells him to do.

“Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.” Helaman 13: 6 (Book of Mormon)

May we be like Samuel, always believing in the Lord. This plan is a great and wonderful one and I know it’s through Jesus Christ that I will be able to live with my Heavenly Father again if I keep the commandments and keep myself worthy. I hope if you’re interested in learning more about this plan you’ll look it up on lds.org, mormon.org, or you talk to your local LDS missionaries about it. It truly is an amazing plan.

This is just my insight. If you want to find out more about Latter-day Saints and what we believe please visit mormon.org or lds.org.

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