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Oct 9, 2015

Pillar One

"Evidence is all around us that the family is becoming less important. Marriage rates are declining, the age of marriage is rising, and divorce rates are rising. Out-of-wedlock births are growing. Abortion is rising and becoming increasingly legal. We see lower birth rates. We see unequal relationships between men and women, and we see cultures that still practice abuse within family relationships. Many times a career gains importance over the family."- Julie B. Beck

And may I add, marriage itself has been redefined by our culture. I must stress that we do not hate those who have taken this route. I have taken a lot of thought about this social phenomenon lately, and If I didn't know what I know, I would probably agree with everyone else. 

But the fact is, I do know, and knowledge is power, and with power comes great responsibility. In my case, the responsibility to care for others enough to warn what all of the above changes are going to mean for the human race. 

So, lets begin with the first piece... It may seem a bit far fetched in the beginning, but I promise by the end it will make more sense. Just think of it in the... there is a God context.

Before we were born on the earth, you and I were spiritually created by our Heavenly Parents. We spent much time learning and growing under their watchful care. We were created in the image of God. (Moses 6:26-27, Genesis 1:26-27)

"Each of us is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."

Then a big counsel was called, where all of God's spirit children attended. The meeting was about our growth and experience as His Children. There was a plan created to make us mortal, with bodies on an earth that would be created. We would live within families so we could gain experience, and then become like our Heavenly Father. In order to experience life as a mortal, we would need a Savior to enable us to come back to the immortal. This plan was called, the "Great Plan of Happiness." 

Painting by: Kevin M. Bullock
The condition was that in order to gain all of this knowledge, and experience, "We had to know the bitter to know the sweet" by experiencing earth life. Long story short, Satan was a spirit of light "called the Son of the Morning" and he stepped forward at this family counsel and wanted to be our Savior. His plan was to make it so everyone would come back to God and he would get the praise and glory. Jesus also came forward when God asked and offered to be our Savior. His plan was the same as God's plan, which was that we could choose to come home and God would receive the glory. The only way God's plan would work, would be if we as His children had CHOICE. So, Jesus, our eldest perfect spirit brother was chosen to be our "Way back" through the performance of the Atonement. This must have been a heck of a counsel, because 1/3 part of God's children were angry and followed Satan, instead of God! You and I are the other 2/3 that chose God's plan to receive physical bodies. The earth was created by Jesus Christ that we would live on... and the Adam and Eve story perpetuates from there... Satan and his followers now occupy our earth, trying to destroy God's plan and influencing us to choose the way of death, rather than life. Man they are deceptive, and tricky. For example... 

Why is this council event not widely accepted, even in most Christian churches? Why is the truth of our true potential for divinity denied? After all, Jesus Christ has already come to earth and established his church once? For heaven sake he was born here, and died, and was brought back to life. He established his Church. Wasn't that enough?

Many plain and precious truths were lost after Christ left... There must be a reason historians call it the dark ages. If you take our potential for divinity out, that changes a LOT. But once again, God does not force the human race. You can see man's interpretations of christian theology evolve through the advent of the Catholic church, and the branches of many other churches from there.  Many of the early Christian writings were similar to the Mormons, but things that were most plain and precious, like our true identity were lost. Priesthood power was also lost. This power is the authority by which God can act through man, and perpetuate family relationships forever.  Essentially, the true church with all the power of God behind it left the earth not long after Christ did. Distort pure truth, and the power goes with it. 

"At 211 degrees water is hot... but at 212 degrees, water boils". -Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, 212 The Extra Degree 

Any physicist knows and home cook I might add, how important that extra degree is. All other churches are hot, but pure truth brings together the big ingredients boiling at the right temperature.

Remember this is not a battle of churches, this is a battle against Satan and his followers. We Christians are together on this! Lets focus on the right enemy. The more truth we have, the more light we have to flesh Satan out of the dark corners of our lives. I promise that pure truth exists, and it is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Now just like Noah, Moses, Enoch, and Abraham the truths, and powers that could really keep God's family going through the eternities had to be re-introduced to the Earth.  

The restoration of Jesus Christ's church began in 1820 in a grove of trees. Jesus Christ and God came and spoke with Joseph Smith in response to his heartfelt prayer of which Church to join. You can read the full account here.

This is Christ's Church restored to the earth. We have Apostles, Prophets, the Priesthood, Restored Keys, Miracles, Revelation and all the powers and systems in place and working that were in action when Christ was teaching on the earth. This is all put in in place to perpetuate families.  

Next week we will talk about the "Fall". 

Speaking of which, maybe step outside and take a walk, enjoy some vibrant smells and colors, and think these things over. Offer a little prayer, and ask God if he really is there, and if these beautiful things are real.

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