FDREL200 3-1 Class prep Assignment
FDREL200 3-1 Class prep Assignment FDREL 200-29
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kiera Elmer on Thursday March 17, 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 27 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 10/21/2014 Celestial Marriage 1)”...all of the experiences, all of the gifts and graces needed to take us, his spirit sons and daughters, from our thenspirit state of low intelligence to the high, exalted state where we would be like him.” What does Elder McConkie mean by low and high intelligence spirits? When we were first born as spirit children of Heavenly Father, we were not to his level of majesty and glory naturally — just as a mortal baby born here. We were spirits of low intelligence. Heavenly Father was our parent, and he loved us very much and wanted us to have all the power and glory he has for ourselves. He created a world where we could be “tried and tested in a probationary state, and receive experiences impossible to gain in any other way,” so we may become like Him. Our goal is to have high intelligence like Him, where we can be exalted and live eternally as well. “Whatever principle of intelligence we attian unto this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” (D&C 130:1819) 2)Explain the meaning of the scripture mentioned by Elder McConkie: 1 Cor. 15:22 “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Because of the fall of Adam, all mankind will die. Adam fell from the presence of God into mortality, and bore mortal children with Eve who will all have the opportunity to die. We, having our agency, are not perfect. We cannot live in the presence of God in our sins, so we would die and be swallowed up in our sins. Because of Christ, we can be made alive because he died for us and overcame death and sin, so we may repent and live with God again despite the mistakes we have made. All men die as Adam, but all may be resurrected through Christ and live again.” 3)If a man and a woman are married in the temple, by a legal administrator who also holds the sealing power of the Lord, but then one or both live unrighteously and do not keep their side of the promise in the covenant of marriage, will they be married in the life after this one? Unfortunately, as far as my understanding goes, the couple will not be reunited in the eternities. Covenants are promises made between an individual in the Lord, and in this case, both the man and the woman promised God that they would live righteously and raise their children as such to be blessed with eternal marriage and eventually eternal life. If they do not keep this promise and live worthy of the celestial kingdom to be in the presence of God, they will not be married eternally. Eternal families only dwell in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom with God. You must repent and be made clean by the atonement of Christ to live there one day. Elder McConkie says there are three factors to a proper marriage: seek out the ordinance, be married in the temple by someone of the sealing power, and then live in righteousness continually. If this is not dones, the marriage is not valid for time and all eternity. Covenant Marriage 1)”Contract companions each give 50%; covenant companions each give 100%” What is the significance of this phrase by Elder Hafen? When couples do not have that eternal, for the long haul perspective on marriage, it is much harder to endure through marital problems. LatterDay saints understand that they marry to “give and grow” in having children and progressing towards eternal life with their Heavenly Father. They are willing to put in 100%, despite the challenges or abilities of their partners. Contract companions sign up for benefits as well as sacrifices. They will put into the marriage what they get out of it. They would like a white picket fence home with a happy marriage and good children. But when troubles come and they are required to sacrifice more than they previously thought and are willing, they run the other way. 2)Explain the negative effect of Satan’s weapon of the overemphasis on personal autonomy. We are here on the earth to gain experiences, grow our talents, and have families; all of which involve socialization and even relying on others at times. Satan “drives us away from each other today with wedges of distrust and suspicion.” We live in a materialistic world, and if we aren’t positive we or our things won’t be hurt in the experience with another individual, we will withdraw and do it ourselves. Men and women are worried they are attracting others solely for their things, money, or position in society. Women want to be independent and work their way up socially completely on their own, sacrificing marriage and family to do it. The most influenced phrase Elder Hafen used concerning this topic was, “Some people believe him — and then they wonder why they feel left alone.” Satan wants us to feel as alone and miserable as He; making us believe that we are unsupported and overlooked by God. This is not true, and we are never ever alone. He is always with us. 3)Compare the covenant of marriage and Christ as Elder Hafen did in his talk. As mentioned before in the talk, covenant marriages are given 100% by each companion. They are devoted to their children and their spouse, and are willing to sacrifice anything and everything for the good of their families. They understand that their family is everything and is the most important institution they will ever be a part of. They will do whatever it takes to get their entire family to the celestial kingdom. Some mothers will risk death for the birth of their children, cry with them when they have been hurt, and rejoice with them when they have accomplished something big. Parents sacrifice for their children so they can live as comfortably as life allows, and teach them essential principles for a righteous life. Christ cares for us just like our parents do, except to a larger, more eternal scale. He gave the greatest infinite sacrifice of his life so that we may live with God again. He made it possible for us to repent so we can live as eternal families. He “mourns with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort…” (Mosiah 18:9) And most of all, he loves us unconditionally. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Honorably Hold a Name and Standing 1)”The baptismal covenant clearly contemplates a future event or events and looks forward to the temple.” What does Elder Bednar mean by this statement?” Elder Dallin H. Oaks pointed out in one of his past talks referenced here, that “we do not witness that we take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. [Rather], we witness that we are willing to do so. The fact that we only witness to our willingness suggests that something else must happen before we actually take that sacred name upon us.” This is a concept that I have never thought about before. When we partake of the sacrament, we are not taking his name upon us right away. We are showing that we are willing to do so, and by that, we are willing to do whatever it takes to make it there someday. “...that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son…” (D&C 20:77) When we take the sacrament, we are showing the Lord that we are willing to repent, work towards consistent temple worthiness, and then enter into ordinances and covenants that enact us taking His name upon us. The future events described by Elder Bednar are the journey to the temple and the work inside the temple. “Thus, in the ordinances of the holy temple, we more completely and fully take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.” 2)When Elder Bednar quoted D&C 109:2428, he then invited us to “study repeatedly and ponder prayerfully the implications of these scriptures in your life and for your family.” How can these scriptures be a part of your life today? This section of the Doctrine and Covenants was given as a prayer at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland, Ohio by revelation of the Lord. It spoke as the temple as a place for the Son of Man to visit, and for prayer, fasting, faith, learning, order, and a House of God. Despite all of the outside persecution the saints were receiving, they will be delivered and find strength in the temple. Verse 24 contains the title of the talk, Honorably Hold a Name and a Standing. The temple will establish a people who will take upon them the name of Christ and stand on his right hand in righteousness and obedience. Am I visiting the temple and effectively standing as his witness in all times, things and places? I can strive to apply this to my life by living as he would, living worthy of His name, and standing as a witness of Him. Knowing that I am in good standing with Him shall give me strength through tough times, and a knowledge that His hand is working for my good in my life. “That no combination of wickedness shall have power to rise up and prevail over thy people upon whom thy name shall be put..” When we take upon us the name of Christ, then wickedness shall not prevail as long as we are faithful! Let Christ be the center of our homes and on the forefront of our minds so we may overcome all manner of trials and temptations. 3)”What was it that gave those early Saints such strength? It was the fire of the temple covenant that burned in their hearts. It was their commitment to worship and honorably hold a name and standing in the house of the Lord.” How can someone who hasn’t entered the temple yet still draw from that strength? Personally, for me, it’s my goal to enter the temple that gives me tremendous strength in the midst of trials. Knowing what I need to do to stay worthy to be married in the temple has kept me out of loads of trouble. It has caused me to take a leap of faith many times in my life, which expands my knowledge, faith, and testimony of these things. Knowing that there are so many temples and that their numbers are growing is a witness of how much Heavenly Father loves his children, and how anxious He is for us all to enter the temple and make covenants with him. He wants to protect us, and is working to make it more accessible for all of his children, so that we may live with Him again. If it wasn’t important, such amounts of time, effort, and service would not be put into these special buildings. I have a goal to enter the temple, make covenants with the Lord and to marry for time and all eternity so I may live with him again. The nearness of this opportunity only motivates me more and more to stay strong and worthy of my goal.