Monday, March 24, 2014

H.U.G.S Personal Progress Faith #6

Faith Additional Value Experience #6.
"Increase you're understanding of the plan of salvation. Resources for study include 1 Corinthians 15:22; Revelation 12:7-9; 2 Nephi 9:1-28; 11:4-7; Doctrine and Covenants 76:50-113; 93:33-34; Moses 4:1-4; and Abraham 3:24-27. Draw or obtain a picture that depicts the plan of salvation, including the premortal existence, birth, mortal life, death, judgment, and life after judgement. Using this picture, explain the plan of salvation to you're class, you're family, or a friend. Discuss how knowledge of the plan affects you're actions, helps you understand you're identity, and has strengthened you're faith."

What does a hug mean for you? How do you feel when someone you love and care about hugs you?

For me, I'm a huger. I love them! They make me feel safe, comforted, warm, loved, and cared for! I would love to start everyday off with a hug!
I began to think about Heavenly Father, and.... H.U.G.S


Because when we learn and grow and become closer to him its like a hug!
He is "the Great Parent of the universe, he looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and parental regard" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 39)

We were sent here to learn and to grow, to come to know God, to be able to go back to live with him.
                                                                 How do we come to know God?
In Gospel Principles chapter 1 it says;

1. Believe that He exists and that He loves us.
2. Study Scriptures.
3. Pray to Him.
4. Obey all His commandments as best we can.

Now! How does any of this relate to the plan of Salvation?

If our goal is to 1) Grow Spiritually Stronger and 2) Eventually go back to live with Him, then everything should make sense!

So we start by reading our scriptures,
Your life didn’t begin at birth and it won’t end at death. Before you came to earth, your spirit lived with Heavenly Father who created you. You knew Him, and He knew and loved you. It was a happy time during which you were taught God’s plan of happiness and the path to true joy. But just as most of us leave our home and parents when we grow up, God knew you needed to do the same. He knew you couldn’t progress unless you left for a while. So he allowed you to come to earth to experience the joy—as well as pain—of a physical body.
 That doesn’t mean He expects you to be perfect. He knows you won’t be. But He does expect that while you’re here on earth you try to the best of your ability to be more like Him and that you learn and grow from your mistakes. Each time you make a poor choice with painful consequences, that decision leads to unhappiness—sometimes immediately, sometimes much later. Likewise, choosing good eventually leads to happiness and helps you become more like Heavenly Father.
 Lasting happiness and progression come from choosing to do what God wants us to do. The key word is "choosing." Generally God does not step in and prevent us from making the poor choices Satan tempts us to make. He will, however, offer his love, divine guidance, and warnings when we open our heart to Him.
 Picture your hand inside a glove. The glove moves only when your hand does. Take your hand out and the glove sits lifeless on the table. This is an easy way to visualize what happens when you die. Imagine your body is the glove being operated by who you really are—your spirit. When you die your body gets left behind, lifeless like a glove, but your spirit lives forever.
 When you’re the one left behind—the one losing a friend or loved one—the pain of that loss is very real. But there’s a lot of comfort in knowing you’ll see him or her again. And because of Christ’s death, at some point our spirit and body will be reunited (resurrected) and made perfect never to be separated again.

Most of us would probably say we want to live forever. That’s exactly what God gave to each of us when He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for us and to atone for our sins. It’s called resurrection and everyone born on earth, even wicked people, will receive this gift of immortality (1 Corinthians 15:22).
On the third day after His Crucifixion, Jesus Christ became the first person to be resurrected. His spirit was reunited with His glorified, perfected body and He could no longer die. When Christ’s friends went to visit His tomb, angels said, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said" (Matthew 28:6).

"Will I go to heaven?"

Yes! God will judge all men fairly and reward them appropriately with a place within His kingdom.

What we do now affects our life after earth.
I know I am a daughter of Heavenly Father, its my true identity! I know that when I die I will go live with Him and my family! It makes me a stronger person and helps increases my faith knowing all of this!

Until next time peeps
Kimmy XoXoXo 

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