FDREL200 3-1 Class Prep Assignment
FDREL200 3-1 Class Prep Assignment FDREL 200-29
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kiera Elmer on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FDREL 200-29 at Brigham Young University - Idaho taught by Sean Tippetts in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 33 views. For similar materials see The Eternal Family in OTHER at Brigham Young University - Idaho.
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Kiera Elmer Brother Tippetts The Eternal Family 10/18/2015 The Power of Covenants 1) Explain why being repentant is synonymous to believing in Christ. 3 Nephi 18:31 says, “But if he repent not he shall not be numbered among my people, that he may not destroy my people, for behold I know my sheep, and they are numbered.” The gospel of Jesus Christ requires that all men come unto Him and repent of their sins by his atoning sacrifice to be made clean to gain admittance into the Kingdom of Heaven. That is all he asks of us for eternal life because he has already suffered for our sins. Helaman 5: 9 says, “... remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yeah, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.” Repentance is not an easy thing, and none of us would do it willingly unless we knew its influence on our eternal destiny and gratitude unto Christ. We love Christ because he is our brother and gave His life so we may live with Him again. We want to follow him, and in doing so we learn to love repenting. “For thus were all the true believer of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church. And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea all those who were true believes in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians, as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.” (Alma 46:1415) 2) ”Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create.” People say our lives are restrictive with less control. Explain the differences in perspective. Obedience to the ordinances and covenant requirements gives us a “continual flow of blessings promised by God in His covenant with us. Those blessings provide the resources we need to act rather than simply be acted upon.” as described by Elder Christofferson. When we understand that we are not be restricted but only protected, we gladly obey the Lord and will bless us significantly for our willingness. We will have the ability to act, which is the opposite of being restricted. D&C 89:19 says “and shall find wisdom and great treasures knowledge, even hidden treasures.” Obedience to ordinances and covenants will give an expansion of knowledge so we can work and create. We will have control over our lives with the blessings of the Lord helping us along. 3) ”...for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12;10) Explain what this mentioned scripture means in the context of ordinances and covenants. At the beginning of the talk, Elder Christofferson describes a woman who could stay optimistic and happy after losing her home and all of her possessions. She knew her covenants with the Lord would keep her and her family together no matter what happened, and that gave her strength despite all of the hardship and chaos around her. During hard times, we know that if we keep our side of the covenant by staying worthy of it, then the Lord will always fulfill his side. “I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” (D&C 82:10) The Lord cares for all of his children, and is so glad when we are willing to be humble and submit as little children. 1 Nephi 17:3 testifies of this truth: “And if it be so that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them and strengthen them.” Covenants and Ordinances 1)Why is order so important in the context of ordinances? “Mine house is a house of order.” (D&C 132:8) The church was set up by a perfect being in a perfect manner. All things have a purpose and an order so that the work of the Lord may be more efficiently carried out. His work cannot be done in chaos, so order is so incredibly important. The bestowal of godly power must be endowed in a certain order. The baptismal covenant is before the Temple covenants for a reason. We have to know what is right and wrong, take his name upon him, and promise to obey so we can be free of sin to be worthy to enter the temple for our next covenant. “An ordinance, to be valid, must be done in proper order.” 2)Explain the symbolism in President Packers parable of the insurance policy in paragraph 34. “There is no such thing as a bargain.” There are no shortcuts to salvation and exaltation. There are certain orders to our covenants and ordinances along the straight and narrow way to the Kingdom of Heaven. It does not stray, and does not give exceptions. “You pay full value. Requirements and covenants are involved. And you will get, in due time, full value.” When we make promises and covenants with the Lord, and we wholeheartedly fulfill our side, then the Lord will return the favor in blessings. “Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been — if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil.” (Alma 9:28) “...deal with an authorized agent, or your claims will not be honored.” All ordinances and covenants must be made with the proper priesthood authority. This is why converts from other churches are required to be baptized into the church even if they were in their other faith. We believe that the baptism was not valid because it was not done by the proper priesthood authority. “And everything that is in the world, whether it be ordained of men, by thrones, or principalities, or powers, or things of name, whatsoever they may be, that are not by me or by my word, saith the Lord, shall be thrown down, and shall not remain after men are dead, neither in nor after the resurrection, saith the Lord your God.” (D&C 132:14) 3)”Each ordinance and requirement given to man for the purpose of bringing to pass his salvation and exaltation is a covenant.” Explain Joseph Fielding Smith’s definition of a covenant. We have a work to do while we are here on this earth, to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39) We make a covenant with the Lord to always remember him, too keep his commandments, and to take his name upon us. We are to always stand as witnesses of God, and to share his gospel to bless all those round about us. We covenant that in each requirement and ordinance, we will strive to bring to pass individual salvation and familial exaltation. We are all working towards one goal: the Kingdom of heaven; and want to do all we can to make sure everyone gets there.
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