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An eternal perspective – what role will you play?

We are encompassed about by things of no eternal consequence, but which ceaselessly fill our lives, occupy our thoughts, and consume our time… the vain aspirations of man and the constant ongoing minutia of daily life.

While all around us wages a war.  A war that is extended from before the foundations of this world;  a war over the souls of the children of men.

A battle, the individual results of which will determine the fates beings all, whether it is to their everlasting salvation unto eternal progression, or unto eternal damnation.

Surely we must live, and the demands of daily life must be met, but we must also bring ourselves to see that behind all these frivolities lays a far greater purpose, one with everlasting ramifications. 

We must be able to look through this husk of mortal life and witness the kernels of eternity, the potential that lies within the souls of the children of God.

Too much is at stake for us to take our task lightly. 

You must pause, witness the world around you, and ask yourself, what role you will play.

Will you be one who stands up to make a difference?  Will you be one who puts on the armor of god in defense of the truth, to battle the adversary despite the cost?  Or will you sit idly by and let the cards fall where they may?

What role will you play? 

May we rise together, and may we find each other on the side of truth, anxiously engaged in this great eternal battle, for none but fools will trifle with the souls of men.

Rusty

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The Plan of Salvation – Love leads to action

As I mentioned in my prior post “Pondering the Plan of Salvation”, I mentioned how I thought that in nothing was the love of God more plainly manifest than in the Mormon doctrine of the Plan of Salvation.  The deeper you understand and appreciate of the Plan of Salvation, the more convinced you are, and aware you become, of the tremendous love of our Father. 

Knowledge of God’s love instills within our souls happiness and hope, confidence and courage.  It’s an enabling power that moves us to action. 

Reflecting on the times I’ve felt the spirit the strongest, I find that those are also the times I feel the most pressing need to act, to do something. 

Why is it that feelings of love and gratitude tend to be action motivators? 

Is there a way as a parent, a teacher, a leader, a son/daughter, or as a spouse that we can use this principle to incite positive momentum in others?  Is there less benefit when so contrived?

Rusty

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Understanding the Plan of Salvation

For those of you who follow my blog and the comments closely, you know that I’ve mentioned a couple of times a project that I’m working on, a full-blown online presentation of the Plan of Salvation.

In so many of the doctrinal discussions that we have here, particularly with those that are not LDS (or Mormon), there is the need to fall back on the core understanding of the principles of this plan, and how they relate to the beliefs of Mormonism.  The topics of salvation, for instance (as the most recent example), the nature of God and Man, the role of Christ and the atonement, the role of the resurrection, what happened before earth, the judgment, and what happens after.

The longer we discuss these things the more I realize that to truly understand Mormonism, you must really understand the sweeping panorama of this grand plan.

But, at the same time, it’s doctrinally drenched, and can be tedious to articulate with words alone.  Consequently, I’m taking a highly visual approach.  Building a professional-level illustration of the primary components of the plan, with a summary explanation behind each component along with links to a full post dedicated to its description, and for further discussion.

Not only will this visual, interactive layout facilitate Latter-day Saints with their understanding and appreciation of God’s great plan of happiness, but it will serve as a fantastic visual overview for non-Mormons who can dive in where they wish for more information and further discussion.

Now, here’s where I’d like your help.  As a part of this presentation, I’d like to include with each component a full reference of scriptural sources to which viewers can look for additional study.

If you have favorite scriptures pertaining to the components of the Plan of Salvation (or the plan as a whole), in any of the Standard Works, please email me.  Let me know what they are so that I can be as inclusive as possible.

If not, I hope you’ll enjoy the results of this project.  I’m rather excited about it myself.

Rusty

P.S.  This kind of visual representation will be particularly valuable when I build the translated version in Chinese, since most of the concepts are entirely new to non-Christians.

Pondering the Plan of Salvation

The Plan of Salvation has always been a rather common thing in my mind, just another one of those Mormon Sunday school topics that so often gets glossed over and trivialized.  But recently, as I’ve reconsidered the importance of the Plan of Salvation, and reflected on the temple experience, I’ve come to appreciate it for much more than just some simple sequence of events. The Plan of Salvation is the architecture of our existence.  It’s the substructure underlying all that we do, outlining our path back to the Father.

The Plan of Salvation presents to us the sweeping panorama of Gods purpose and eternal love.  The more I’ve considered it, the more I believe that in nothing is the love of God more plainly manifest than in the Plan of Salvation.

Rusty

On a side note, nowhere is the Plan of Salvation more clearly and beautifully presented then in the temple (read that post here).

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