Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Our Father’s Glorious Plan” by Elder Weatherford T. Clayton Of the Seventy during April 2017.
In the grand tapestry of life, birth and death often seem like the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. However, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton reminds us that in the context of God’s glorious plan, they are merely significant milestones on our journey to eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Scripture: Proverbs 8:22 – Birth and Creation
“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.”
Elder Clayton shares a touching experience from his early days as a physician, where he witnessed the miraculous moment of a young mother holding her newborn child. Birth is a profound beginning, but is it truly the start of our existence?
The world often views birth and death as the beginning and end of life. However, Elder Clayton invites us to look beyond this narrow perspective. Birth and death are essential components of God’s divine plan, marking moments where the mortal and eternal intersect.
Before our earthly birth, our spirits lived with our Heavenly Father. Elder Clayton emphasizes that all of us are His children, brothers and sisters in His eternal family. Our time before birth was spent learning, choosing, and preparing for the mortal journey.
Heavenly Father’s greatest gift to us is the opportunity for eternal life. However, this gift required us to choose His ways willingly. To do so, we left His immediate presence and embarked on the incredible journey known as the plan of salvation or the plan of happiness.
Elder Clayton introduces us to the three foundational pillars of God’s plan: Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement. These pillars form the cornerstone of our existence and our path to eternal life.
Creation marks the beginning of our mortal journey. Earth serves as the stage upon which we experience mortality, make choices, and grow. It’s the canvas on which our life’s story unfolds.
The Fall, often viewed negatively, brought essential blessings, such as the opportunity for physical birth and the gift of moral agency. Through agency, we choose to follow God’s commandments, demonstrating our love for Him.
Christ’s Atonement, the third pillar, is the ultimate expression of God’s love. Jesus Christ suffered and paid the price for our sins, offering us the chance to be cleansed and forgiven. His Atonement provides hope and redemption.
Elder Clayton emphasizes the importance of following Christ’s example. Jesus lived a perfect life, always keeping His Father’s commandments. His teachings and acts of service continue to inspire and guide us today.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ began to pay the price for our sins and infirmities, suffering in ways we can scarcely comprehend. His ultimate sacrifice on the cross paved the way for our redemption.
On the first day of the week, Jesus Christ rose from the tomb, conquering death. His resurrection assures us that we too will be resurrected with perfected bodies, never to die again.
After death, our spirits enter the spirit world, a place of learning, repentance, and preparation. Here, we await the glorious event of the Resurrection.
The Resurrection is a future day when all who have ever lived will rise from the tomb, receiving perfected bodies. It’s a day of judgment, with Christ as our loving Judge.
Elder Clayton extends an invitation to embrace God’s plan wholeheartedly. It’s a plan built upon. Link to the original: Our Father’s Glorious Plan
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