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by: Kiera Elmer

2-2 FDREL FDREL 200-29

Kiera Elmer
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The Eternal Family
Sean Tippetts
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Date Created: 03/04/16
Kiera Elmer Brother Tippetts The Eternal Family 10/6/2015 Finding Happiness 1. What is the danger in easily taking for granted our relationship with Heavenly Father and  Jesus Christ? When we learn of the love that the Lord and the Savior have for us, and especially of the  great sacrifice made for our sins, we have the desire to follow him. That eternal love and  sacrifice draw us to them when we understand its divinity and perfect goodness. This is why we  follow Him, and make the sacrifices in our lives that keep us in the world but not of it, and on the straight, narrow, and often peculiar path to eternal life. When going throughout our day to day  activities, it can be easy to take our mind off of the gratitude we have for the Savior and his gift  of life on this earth. Once we lose that habitual gratitude, we can get swallowed up in daily  worries and forget about Him and his plan. At this point, we are more prone to wander off the  path. It is so important to gain the testimony that you have a relationship with the All Mighty  God and in His son, Jesus Christ. You must gain a testimony of their love for you, and that there  is a plan for you. Gratitude should be a part of every prayer, and the Savior must be on the  forefront of our minds at all times. 2. What is our fixed identity? Do we have agency to become what we want to be? Elder Scott describes our fixed identity as a comforting and reliable part of our lives in an ever changing world. This fixed identity is not what you study in college, what you like to do,  etc. We were put on this earth to discover our talents and expand on them. He wants us to be  happy, and wants us to pursue our righteous abilities, desires, and talents. That agency would not be taken from us. We are merely guided by divine qualities we are given that may cause us to  like certain things or desire to have a certain position in society. Our fixed identity is the fact that we are a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. Our  gender has been established far before we came on this earth, and is part of this fixed identity  that we cannot change. Your identity is also composed of the decision you made to follow Christ  and the Lord to come to this earth. You are here because you were not a part of the third of the  hosts of heaven that followed the adversary. 3. How does each of the mentioned factors, fear, indolence, disobedience, and appetite  allow Satan to have some power over us? In these situations, fear is the absence of faith. When we do not have faith in ourselves or  in the power of heaven to work in our lives, we leave a susceptible area for Satan to try an attack. When we lose faith, it gets harder to resist the cunning whispers of the adversary telling us we  are not good enough, we are alone, and other things what will shake our faith. Indolence is the lack of activity, or more commonly known as laziness. We are told in  Doctrine and Covenants 88:124, “Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean, cease to find fault one  with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be  weary; arise early; that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.” We are counseled to  stop being lazy and get out of bed, so that our minds can be invigorated with the work of the  Lord and our bodies may go out and serve as an instrument in his hands. When we fail to do  these things, go to church, fulfill our callings, then we give Satan yet another opportunity to  whisper to us that our will is greater and easier than the Lords. Disobedience is when we willingly act opposite to the will of the Lord. When we do this,  we are withdrawing from the presence of the Lord. “No unclean thing can dwell with the  presence of God.” When we sin, we are following the adversary’s  plan, not the Lord’s. This in  and of itself is giving power to the adversary. “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” Our worldly appetite is the natural man. We are  counseled to overcome the natural man to make our way to eternal life and be a more effective  instrument in the Lord’s hands. We cannot do this and feed our earthly appetite. The strongest  appetite is controlling our sexual desires. When we choose to feed this appetite, we are  disobeying the law of chastity and withdrawing from the Lord. Satan will try to cause our minds  to dwell on these appetites, and by giving in, we are allowing him to gain some control over our  actions. The Moral Force of Women 1. In what ways do women gain a “sense of being about God’s work?” When women understand the divine role of motherhood and the importance of a family,  they can begin to gain that sense of doing God’s work. Women are the channel by which  Heavenly Father’s spirit children enter the earth — which is a pretty big deal. Practically  everything they do fulfilling this role is carrying out God’s will. Women teach their children  basic scripture stories, how to pray, right and wrong, and most importantly that Heavenly Father  loves them and we can live with him again someday. Women raise good missionaries to be sent  out to serve the Lord, and good husbands and wives to continue raising righteous children. The  essence of motherhood is service to the Lord.  2) What is the deeper meaning behind the following quote from the talk? “Will what  happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in  congress?” Will the world ever realize where the real learning and ultimate life influence comes  from? Everyone has a mother, and most everyone has the opportunity to learn from her. From a  young age, our entire perspective is shaped by the love, teachings, and morality of our mothers.  Those with strong mothers in the church make changes for good in the world with high moral  standards and purpose of life. Those who don’t unfortunately, do not usually have such desirable  and needed standards in today’s society. Are we focusing our attention and giving value and  appreciation to where the real learning happens? Or are we too focused on contentious, slow  moving things like politics to represent our society? 3) How can mothers be a civilizing influence in society? The biggest path to civilizing our civilization is to simply civilize our children. Teaching  children high moral standards will send them out into the world practicing what they’ve been  taught. Those who do not know the consequences of their actions, or have not been taught the  importance of the consequences of their actions, will go out into the world following the natural  man. Mothers teach their children what is acceptable and what is not. More mothers who follow  this pattern produce more civil children, for a more civil society.


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