Our Heavenly Family, Lesson #2 Gospel Principles

We Are Children of Our Heavenly Father

What do scriptures and latter-day prophets teach us about our relationship to God?

God is not only our Ruler and Creator; He is also our Heavenly Father. All men and women are literally the sons and daughters of God. “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 335).

Every person who was ever born on earth is our spirit brother or sister. Because we are the spirit children of God, we have inherited the potential to develop His divine qualities. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become like our Heavenly Father and receive a fulness of joy.

For teachers: You do not need to teach everything in each chapter. As you prayerfully prepare to teach, seek the Spirit’s guidance to know which portions of the chapter you should cover and which questions you should ask.

How does your knowledge that you are a child of God influence your thoughts, words, and actions?

We Developed Personalities and Talents While We Lived in Heaven

Think about talents and gifts you have been blessed with.

The scriptures teach us that the prophets prepared themselves to become leaders on earth while they were still spirits in heaven (see Alma 13:1–3). Before they were born into mortal bodies, God foreordained (chose) them to be leaders on earth. Jesus, Adam, and Abraham were some of these leaders. (See Abraham 3:22–23.) Joseph Smith taught that “every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was [fore]ordained to that very purpose” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 511). However, everyone on earth is free to accept or reject any opportunity to serve.

We were not all alike in heaven. We know, for example, that we were sons and daughters of heavenly parents—males and females (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). We possessed different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth. We can learn more about our “eternal possibilities” when we receive our patriarchal blessings (see Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 82; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66).

A veil covers our memories of our premortal life, but our Father in Heaven knows who we are and what we did before we came here. He has chosen the time and place for each of us to be born so we can learn the lessons we personally need and do the most good with our individual talents and personalities.

How have other people’s talents blessed you? How can your talents and gifts bless others?

Our Heavenly Father Presented a Plan for Us to Become Like Him

How does earth life help prepare us to become like our Heavenly Father?

For teachers: Class members or family members are more likely to give a thoughtful answer to a question if they are given time to ponder their response. For example, after asking a question, you could say, “Please take a minute to think about your response, and then I’ll ask for answers.” Then give them time to ponder.

Our Heavenly Father knew we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left Him for a time. He wanted us to develop the godlike qualities that He has. To do this, we needed to leave our premortal home to be tested and to gain experience. Our spirits needed to be clothed with physical bodies. We would need to leave our physical bodies at death and reunite with them in the Resurrection. Then we would receive immortal bodies like that of our Heavenly Father. If we passed our tests, we would receive the fulness of joy that our Heavenly Father has received. (See D&C 93:30–34.)

Our Heavenly Father called a Grand Council to present His plan for our progression (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, 209, 511). We learned that if we followed His plan, we would become like Him. We would be resurrected; we would have all power in heaven and on earth; we would become heavenly parents and have spirit children just as He does (see D&C 132:19–20).

We learned that He would provide an earth for us where we would prove ourselves (see Abraham 3:24–26). A veil would cover our memories, and we would forget our heavenly home. This would be necessary so we could exercise our agency to choose good or evil without being influenced by the memory of living with our Heavenly Father. Thus we could obey Him because of our faith in Him, not because of our knowledge or memory of Him. He would help us recognize the truth when we heard it again on earth (see John 18:37).

At the Grand Council we also learned the purpose for our progression: to have a fulness of joy. However, we also learned that some would be deceived, choose other paths, and lose their way. We learned that all of us would have trials in our lives: sickness, disappointment, pain, sorrow, and death. But we understood that these would be given to us for our experience and our good (see D&C 122:7). If we allowed them to, these trials would purify us rather than defeat us. They would teach us to have endurance, patience, and charity (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 15–16).

At this council we also learned that because of our weakness, all of us except little children would sin (see D&C 29:46–47). We learned that a Savior would be provided for us so we could overcome our sins and overcome death with resurrection. We learned that if we placed our faith in Him, obeying His word and following His example, we would be exalted and become like our Heavenly Father. We would receive a fulness of joy.

List some of Heavenly Father’s attributes. How does the plan of salvation help us develop these attributes?

Additional Scriptures

Hebrews 12:9 (God is the Father of our spirits)

Job 38:4–7 (premortal life implied)

Abraham 3:22–28 (vision of premortal life)

Jeremiah 1:5 (vision of premortal life)

D&C 29:31–38 (vision of premortal life)

Moses 3:4–7 (spiritual and temporal creations)

1 Corinthians 15:44 (spiritual and temporal creations)

D&C 76:23–24 (begotten sons and daughters)

D&C 132:11–26 (plan for progression)

Chapter 2: Our Heavenly Family

Gospel Principles

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1. Our Heavenly Father

Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?

Take a piece of paper out and write down, What are some things that testify to you that there is a God!

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Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, wrote, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44). We can look up at the sky at night and have an idea of what Alma meant. There are millions of stars and planets, all in perfect order. They did not get there by chance. We can see the work of God in the heavens and on the earth. The many beautiful plants, the many kinds of animals, the mountains, the rivers, the clouds that bring us rain and snow—all these testify to us that there is a God.

The prophets have taught us that God is the Almighty Ruler of the universe. God dwells in heaven (see D&C 20:17). Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He created the heavens and the earth and all things that are in them (see 3 Nephi 9:15; Moses 2:1). He made the moon, the stars, and the sun. He organized this world and gave it form, motion, and life. He filled the air and the water with living things. He covered the hills and plains with all kinds of animal life. He gave us day and night, summer and winter, seedtime and harvest. He made man in His own image to be a ruler over His other creations (see Genesis 1:26–27).

God is the Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is “the Great Parent of the universe,” and He “looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 39).

The Nature of God

What are some of God’s attributes?

Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we know that our bodies are like His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.

God is perfect. He is a God of righteousness, with attributes such as love, mercy, charity, truth, power, faith, knowledge, and judgment. He has all power. He knows all things. He is full of goodness.

All good things come from God. Everything that He does is to help His children become like Him. He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Why is it important for us to understand the nature of God?

Coming to Know God

How can we come to know God?

Knowing God is so important that the Savior said, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

The first and greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” (Matthew 22:37).

The more we know God, the more we love Him and keep His commandments (see 1 John 2:3–5). By keeping His commandments we can become like Him.

We can know God if we will:

Believe that He exists and that He loves us (see Mosiah 4:9).

Study the scriptures (see 2 Timothy 3:14–17).

Pray to Him (see James 1:5).

Obey all His commandments as best we can (see John 14:21–23).

As we do these things, we will come to know God and eventually have eternal life.

Ponder what you can do to draw nearer to God.

Additional Scriptures

Acts 7:55–56 (Son at the right hand of the Father)

D&C 88:41–44 (attributes of God)

Psalm 24:1 (the earth is the Lord’s)

Moses 1:30–39 (Creation)

Alma 7:20 (God cannot do wrong)

Joseph Smith—History 1:17 (Father and Son are separate beings)

Alma 5:40 (good comes from God)

John 14:6–9 (Son and Father are alike)

Mormon 9:15–20 (God of miracles)

Amos 3:7 (God of revelation)

John 3:16 (God of love)

Thank you for taking a moment to visit.

The next lesson will be on our Heavenly Family.

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Defining Scripture!

All truth belongs to our Father in Heaven. 

At its most basic level scripture then is 2 + 2 = 4

Now we add Satan to the mix telling us good is evil and evil is good. As clear as that seems isn’t that what we see from Hollywood and the Hollywood News?

But it starts with Satan saying 2+2= 2.000001. In other words 99.99% true. To be clear than that is not from our Father run Heaven as it is t 100% true.

I have friends that are into science and ancient aliens and ancient technology that built the pyramids etc. I can believe in some of what they say. The true part.

How do we tell? Prayerfully reading the core scriptures and developing a relationship with Jesus. We then can “ask” and as Jesus promised “knock and it shall be opened unto you”. And “seek and ye shall find”.

Let’s take a book as a great example. We become what we think about and what / who we tell ourselves we are. The books the secret or the power of intention are two great examples of being 99% correct. The scriptures tell us to ask God for what we need or want. Then we are told to be patient while we wait. If we simple remove the thought that “the universe” will do this or that and change that to Our Father in Heaven will answer our prayers we now have corrected these books.

Remember all things Gods created spiritually before they were manifested into this world. Thoughts are things according to Anthony Robins. And “there is creative power in our words. According to the core scriptures. “

So let’s remember to speak what we want. Only what we want. God through Jesus spoke and this world was created.

I’d encourage everyone to have a vision board. Here is a picture of mine. In the center is Jesus. Put In order

1.Jesus

2. My wife

3. My Children

4. You!

Ever in-front of me are reminders of what’s important to me. And Yes I have written plans for business and have had them for 40+ years now ever since reading think and grow rich!

Peace, love, know you are forgiven!

One of my reminders. #HearHim

And this is my vision board

Working from home as I can. I had a horrible injury on 10-26-20. Lots of surgeries. Jesus has a plan for me I am being patient as I wait for Him to tell me. Note: Jesus will tell me His plan for my new life. Just because my spine is mostly titanium now means nothing but some physical pain 24/7 now. But the best is yet to come. I am waiting for I know Jesus always answers my prayers.

Peace and love and know you are perfect as you are as God made you. God gave you all your weakness to keep you humble but has said His grace is sufficient = your sins are forgiven. And He has said believe in me and I will make the weak things strong into you! Today is the beginning of your new life!

Peace in a busy day

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The theme is finding peace in your day. Even when everything is great I still worry. Yet a peaceful place is key to staying at peace and being able to pray out loud “speak to our savior” have a conversation for an hour changes your life and as you will see I intertwine this with our work which is always helping others. 🙂

GDBLU says so!

If you don’t give up you can never fail. Jesus taught us that. We fail and then repent and get up and go again and fall and repent and go again. We don’t give up. And won’t at anything else we desire to achieve.

 

Having a Peaceful Retreat is Key for anyone working a half day or more. Ie. 12 hours or more it’s a must also as I am almost 60 now I find I need it more even though my day maybe fewer hours I accomplish more and remain centered in Jesus.

 

GDBLU was what I was called all my life. Grant W Davis Jr, so GW it was.

this is a simple blog I hope will mostly be video based on topics of faith, manifesting miracles, insurance, sales, risk management and finance success.

I am using GDBLU and GW as I don’t have much SEO with those names at all. My name has a lot with GDI and I hundreds of pages which will distract you from what I hope to help you with here.

I have been an insurance broker for 40 years now. Even thou I can’t read or spell a single word as I am Dyslectic, memorization had become a rich unexpected blessing in my early 20’s.

I can still remember the first insurance policies I read in my training. I am very close to being able to see them. This gift of Dyslexia helped me to be in the top 1% of insurance sales people by my 5th year. So I have had many years at the top I will share with you. It has also helped me create sales systems and proposal systems in very easy ways to understand. This helped my clients by helping them understand their insurance for the first time

Why will I use video? As you can tell I don’t write well. If spell check cant find the word quickly I usually have to ask for help.

Why would you want to follow my blog? Because I don’t fail. I have had to start over more times than most, I don’t understand things when I first learn them, but then end up mastering them as I don’t give up. A key point. you can never fail if you never give up. For most your struggles wont me the same as mine. But at the same time your struggles will be the same as mine, just manifesting themselves differently. I can teach you how to spot them and overcome them as well.

  • Insurance is important to everyone. I will teach you about every type of insurance there is.
  • Sales is important to everyone even if you are not in direct sales, you present yourself everyday.
  • Faith, is key. You may of read books like the Secret, or others like it, I’ll show you how to make them work
  • Jesus, the center of my life provides peace in every storm. I’ll share the pain of the storm so you will understand peace

Thanks for following me, G.W. Davis