We are children of our HeavenlyFather✤ What do scriptures and latter-day prophets teach us about our relationship to God? ✤ Not only our ruler and creator, but our Heavenly Father. ✤ “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith , 335) ✤ Every person born on earth is our spiritual brother/sister. ✤ Because we are spirit children of God, we inherit his divine potential ✤ The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the instrument by which we can achieve this divine potential and exaltation.
How does your knowledge that you are a child ofGod influence your thoughts, words, and actions?
We developedpersonalities and talentswhile we lived in heaven✤ Prophets prepared themselves for their roles on earth (Alma 13:1-3, Abr 3:22-23✤ Joseph Smith taught that “every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was [fore]ordained to that very purpose”✤ We always retain agency to choose to accept or reject any opportunity to serve
✤ We were different from one another in the pre-existence ✤ sons and daughters (male/female) ((see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102) ✤ different talents and abilities ✤ called to do different things (patriarchal blessings)✤ Veil covers our memories, but Heavenly Father knows and remembers us. He chooses the right time and place for us to get the experiences that will most help us and do the most good with our talents and personalities.
Our Heavenly Father presented aplan for us to become like Him✤ How does earth life prepare us to become like Heavenly Father? ✤ Knew we could not progress unless we left Him for a time. ✤ Wanted us to develop the godlike qualities He has. What are some? ✤ Plan of Salvation. How did this phase work?
The Council in Heaven✤ Plan laid out. Abr 3:24-26, D&C 132:19-20, John 18:37✤ Experiences both good and bad are needed. D&C 122:7-8 ✤ All but little children would sin (D&C 29:46-47). ✤ If we allow them to, trials will purify us rather than defeat us. ✤ Teach us endurance, patience, charity.✤ Satan rebelled over the plan, lost his ﬁrst estate
✤ Additional Scriptures ✤ Hebrews 12:9 (God is the Father of our spirits) ✤ Job 38:4–7 (premortal life implied) ✤ Abraham 3:22–28 (vision of premortal life) ✤ Jeremiah 1:5 (vision of premortal life) ✤ D&C 29:31–38 (vision of premortal life) ✤ Moses 3:4–7 (spiritual and temporal creations) ✤ 1 Corinthians 15:44 (spiritual and temporal creations) ✤ D&C 76:23–24 (begotten sons and daughters) ✤ D&C 132:11–26 (plan for progression)