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1-3 Class Prep Assignment

by: Kiera Elmer

1-3 Class Prep Assignment FDREL 200-29

Kiera Elmer
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The Eternal Family
Sean Tippetts
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Date Created: 03/02/16
Kiera Elmer Brother Tippetts The Eternal Family 9/27/15 Why Marriage, Why Family 1) What does Elder Christofferson mean by referencing our first estate and our second  estate? Our first estate is our home and spiritual state back in the premortal existence. If we  agreed to participate with in his plan of salvation on the earth, we would keep this first estate  and then be added upon, or ‘accessorized’ if you will, with a physical body to complete our  journey to become perfected beings. We needed to accept his plan because we were his spirit  children thanks to him and his divine power. Afterword, he wanted us to keep progressing to  become perfected ourselves. Our second estate is our physical bodies. We could keep this state if we could prove to  God our desire and commitment to “live his celestial law while outside His presence.” This  would prove to be especially difficult because our bodies come with passions, powers, and  appetites that can be difficult to control. Once we could overcome all the needs of our bodies  through fasting, keeping the commandments, overcoming temptation, and especially the law  of chastity, Heavenly Father will see that we have control over our bodies and can be an  effective instrument in his hands here and in the next life. We will better understand what it  takes to be a perfected being.  2) Why is “nothing relative to our time on earth can be more important than physical birth  and spiritual rebirth? Our physical birth is our entrance to this life on earth. We agreed to come here to  follow Heavenly Fathers plan in order to obtain a body and have experiences to become  more like him. None of this could happen if we were not born into this earth! Spiritual rebirth is baptism — the other requirement for eternal life. Once we are  old enough to choose to follow Heavenly Father with our own conscious with the ability  to understand and be accountable for our actions, we can choose whether or not to be  baptized into his church. Just as physical birth, spiritual rebirth requires water, blood, and the spirit. Water in the baptismal font, the blood of the savior washing away all previous  sins in our ignorance, and the gift of the Holy Spirit once we are confirmed after baptism  are present during this ordinance. Now we are eligible to receive eternal life based on our own decisions, if we choose to live worthily and keep the commandments. 3) How can women who can’t bear children or do not marry still contribute to the divine  plan of family? “Everyone has gifts, everyone has talents; everyone can contribute to the unfolding of the divine plan in each generation.” Some women do not find the opportunity to marry or  bear children in this life, which can be a hard and long trial to bear. But, Heavenly Father  has not forgotten them. They have all been given spiritual gifts that can help support his  plan of happiness. Many women in these situations find ways to mother the children in  their neighborhoods and wards. Their doors are always open to spend time with and help  these children whenever parents allow it. They can be called to positions in the church  where they have the opportunity to teach primary children, young women, or take care of  nursery children. I had a young womens teacher who could not have children but found  so much joy in taking care of and spending time with the young women. Sometimes these women can find family in themselves. They can bond with those in similar situations and  feel a part of their relief society family as well. No Other Gods and As He Thinketh 1) Make of list of personal priorities and think of ways to include the Lord in all of  them. My highest priority right now is school work. When doing my school work, I can  always know that I can pray to the Lord and ask for strength to concentrate and  understand all the material. Also, I will be blessed when I faithfully set aside my  homework for my church responsibilities as Relief Society secretary, for FHE,  devotionals, and weekly church attendance. Dating is huge in college — especially here at BYUI when we know how  important the family is. Sometimes dating can get in the way of things like school work,  or sneak past guidelines and standards in the honor code. Saying a pray before dates and  always keeping Christ in your mind during a date can keep the spirit with you and  temptations away. Something I love to do, and probably a little to much, is to go shopping, thrifting,  or anything to keep myself feeling and looking good. I love getting new clothes, hair care treatments, jewelry, shoes, and almost anything else girls love. It is easy to get caught up  in the ‘styles’ and the ‘fads’ and feel bad about yourself when you don’t have all the  ‘right things’ to stay in the know. It is important to remember that God has created you.  He designed your face and body and you are perfect to him exactly the way you are. Yes,  it is good to look nice, but when it is on your mind more than the savior is, then you have  a problem. I need to look at myself more in God’s Mirror than my own to see myself as  he does. 2) “In many countries and cultures (1) the traditional family of a married mother  and father and children is coming to be the exception rather than the rule, (2) the  pursuit of a career instead of marriage and the bearing of children is an  increasing choice of many young women and (3) the role and perceived necessity  of fathers is diminishing.” Why is each mentioned observation a problem and controversial to the Lord’s  plan? The Lords entire plan is central to family, and when the framework of the family  shifts from God’s divine ordained family to something different, then Satan is ‘doing his  job.’ The Lords standard and truth is unchanging and constant. No matter what the world  does, a marriage between a man and a woman will always be ordained of God and his  divine setting for children. Education is extremely important in the Lord’s eyes, and he wants all of his  children to be equipped to take care of themselves financially through a good education.  The family is even more important than education, however; because it is the entire  reason why we are here. In the family proclamation to the world, a woman’s role is  outlined as a nurturer of children in the family. It is seen as selfish when able women  don’t have children because of the pursuit of a career. Next to loving God, the family is  our highest priority. Fathers also have a divine calling in the family. Now days, women are proud to  say that they can raise a child all on their own and that a father is unnecessary. The  Proclamation states that children have a right to grow up in a family with two parents —  one mother and one father. It is the best setting for children and gives men a purpose and  something to work for. 3) “We oppose moral relativism.” What does relativism mean and why do we  oppose it? To be relative to is to be based or change depending on the environment or  situations around us. We believe that God’s standards are unchanging and constant and  far from relative. Even when the world’s standards change, we strive to stay true to the  commandments of God and deny ourselves the world and ungodliness.


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