Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born" 2

Moses 4:14; Abraham 3 Our Father's Plan

Our Heavenly Father had a plan: we would all come to earth to gain mortal bodies, be tested, and see if we could follow directions and return home to Him. He would provide a Savior for us. In the pre-mortal world of Spirits, there was One there who was like unto God. Jesus was Heavenly Father's Firstborn and Beloved Son, chosen from the beginning. Under the direction of God, Jesus made the earth, a place for Heavenly Father's spirit children to gain mortal experience.

We attended the counsel in heaven, where we listened intently to our Father's plan. We shouted for joy. We heard His plan and were happy to accept it since our greatest desire was to become like Him. When Heavenly Father asked whom He should send as our Savior, there were two individuals that answered in the affirmative. There was Jehovah (Jesus), the Firstborn, and there was Lucifer (Satan), a son of the morning.

"Whom shall I send?"

"Here am I, send me."

Satan volunteered to be God's son and to save everyone; he said he'd make sure that not one soul would be lost, and he asked for God to give him His honor. Satan rebelled against God's plan and sought to destroy the agency of man. He thought he could do better than the One God had foreordained, better than the Lord's Anointed. In essense, he rebelled against God and Priesthood authority.

Jesus, Heavenly Father's Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said, "Father, Thy will be done, and the glory be Thine forever."

Heavenly Father said that He would send the First.

Satan was angry when our Father said that he would send the First. He did not keep his first estate, and many of God's spirit children rebelled and followed Satan. Satan was cast out of God's presence by the power of the Only Begotten.

Moses and Abraham both talked to God face to face. Moses and Abraham both saw this pre-mortal counsel in vision. They saw our world from the beginning to the end. Abraham learned that there is order to our universe, and that Kolob is the governing star, and the star that is nearest to where God lives. One day on Kolob equals a thousand earth years. This is according to the reckoning of the Lord's time. Many planets besides our earth belong to the same order to which our earth belongs.

Abraham learned that he was one of the noble and great ones in the world of spirits. He was chosen before he was born to be a ruler and a father of many nations. He learned that our spirits are eternal. He learned that there are varying intelligences and that the Lord is more intelligent than all of them. He learned that Jesus was like unto the Father and that He was the Savior of all mankind. The Lord covenanted with Abraham that his seed would be multiplied like unto the stars in the heaven and the sand on the seashore. This covenant is passed on to Abraham's seed as they repent, our baptized, and make and keep sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father in holy temples.

I'm thankful for the restored truths of our beginnings and of our eternal heritage that have come through the records of Moses and Abraham. (The words in the Book of Moses were lost, but were revealed in these latter-days to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The words in the Book of Abraham were recorded on anciet papyrus.) We have a loving Heavenly Father who loved us so much that He would send His Son to atone for us. We have a loving Savior who loved us so much that He would be obedient to the Father's will and both live and die for us, and then live eternally so that we might also have Eternal Life.

In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


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