Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

Chapter 3: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

A Savior and Leader Was Needed

Why did we need to leave Heavenly Father’s presence? Why do we need a Savior?

When the plan for our salvation was presented to us in the premortal spirit world, we were so happy that we shouted for joy (see Job 38:7).

We understood that we would have to leave our heavenly home for a time. We would not live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. While we were away from Him, all of us would sin and some of us would lose our way. Our Heavenly Father knew and loved each one of us. He knew we would need help, so He planned a way to help us.

We needed a Savior to pay for our sins and teach us how to return to our Heavenly Father. Our Father said, “Whom shall I send?” (Abraham 3:27). Jesus Christ, who was called Jehovah, said, “Here am I, send me” (Abraham 3:27; see also Moses 4:1–4).

Jesus was willing to come to the earth, give His life for us, and take upon Himself our sins. He, like our Heavenly Father, wanted us to choose whether we would obey Heavenly Father’s commandments. He knew we must be free to choose in order to prove ourselves worthy of exaltation. Jesus said, “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever” (Moses 4:2).

Satan, who was called Lucifer, also came, saying, “Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor” (Moses 4:1). Satan wanted to force us all to do his will. Under his plan, we would not be allowed to choose. He would take away the freedom of choice that our Father had given us. Satan wanted to have all the honor for our salvation. Under his proposal, our purpose in coming to earth would have been frustrated (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay [2003], 207).

Jesus Christ Became Our Chosen Leader and Savior

As you read this section, think about the feelings you have for the Savior.

After hearing both sons speak, Heavenly Father said, “I will send the first” (Abraham 3:27).

Jesus Christ was chosen and foreordained to be our Savior. Many scriptures tell about this (see, for example, 1 Peter 1:19–20; Moses 4:1–2). One scripture tells us that long before Jesus was born, He appeared to a Book of Mormon prophet known as the brother of Jared and said: “Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. … In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name” (Ether 3:14).

When Jesus lived on earth, He taught: “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. … And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:38, 40).

The War in Heaven

Because our Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our Savior, Satan became angry and rebelled. There was war in heaven. Satan and his followers fought against Jesus Christ and His followers. The Savior’s followers “overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

In this great rebellion, Satan and all the spirits who followed him were sent away from the presence of God and cast down from heaven. A third part of the hosts of heaven were punished for following Satan (see D&C 29:36). They were denied the right to receive mortal bodies.

Because we are here on earth and have mortal bodies, we know that we chose to follow Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Satan and his followers are also on the earth, but as spirits. They have not forgotten who we are, and they are around us daily, tempting us and enticing us to do things that are not pleasing to our Heavenly Father. In our premortal life, we chose to follow Jesus Christ and accept God’s plan. We must continue to follow Jesus Christ here on earth. Only by following Him can we return to our heavenly home.

In what ways does the War in Heaven continue today?

We Have the Savior’s Teachings to Follow

Think about how the Savior’s teachings have influenced you.

From the beginning, Jesus Christ has revealed the gospel, which tells us what we must do to return to our Heavenly Father. At the appointed time He came to earth Himself. He taught the plan of salvation and exaltation by His word and by the way He lived. He established His Church and His priesthood on the earth. He took our sins upon Himself.

By following His teachings, we can inherit a place in the celestial kingdom. He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation.

Additional Scriptures

Moses 4:1–4; Abraham 3:22–28 (Savior chosen in premortality)

D&C 76:25–29 (War in Heaven)

Revelation 12:7–9, 11 (Savior’s followers in the War in Heaven overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony)

Isaiah 14:12–15 (why Lucifer was cast out)

Please follow the links below to the The Church of Jesus Christ, or latter day saints, site.

It has all the scriptures, in an easy to use, highlight tab sync library, etc…

Chapter 3: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

Gospel Principles

Books and Lessons

The Old Testament The Only Way To Fully Understand The New Testament – gdblu

Just over 50% today! The Old Testiment once again comes alive. It has been way to long since I last read it cover to cover. You real can’t Truly understand the New Testament without reading the old.

Sin is sin. Wrong is wrong! Jesus paid for all those that repent. Keeping in mind He wasn’t sent to save the world. Just those His Father gave Him.

One of most everyone’s favorite:

Psalms 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Art from 1840 German Bible.

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!

1840 German Bible Wonderful Artwork!

Just wanted to share. At times when I am stressed I have an album on my phone “peaceful photos”. I’ll turn to it and just look at the pictures.

I know Jesus and seeing Him always brings peace. If you look at my Facebook profile my personal one I have an album there with over 200 pictures. Feel free to grab them for yourself. Anxiety runs from our savior!

I hope you like them. I think they are really detailed. Hand drawn!

Also I am starting with a bit of a prompt. In todays world the only thing we can do is get as close to Jesus as we can. #hearhim has lots of wonderful videos etc.

Peace, Love, Acceptance, forgiveness these things are of Jesus. But “he” that has the spirit of contention is of Satan as Jesus has nothing to do with contention! #HearHim

I know Jesus and seeing Him always brings peace.  If you look at my Facebook profile my personal one I have an album there with over 200 pictures.  Feel free to grab them for yourself.   Anxiety runs from our savior!

Addiction, the Diseases! Health Insurance Companies : “Bad Faith, Civil & Criminal Suits Coming”

I read and copied the below as invited. I have been an insurance broker for over 43 years, so of course I have an opinion… lol

I am an insurance broker, Also I am a very highly paid insurance consultant, working with your legal team to explain insurance, and provide the third party proof and source material, while helping with strategy in support of your legal team. I do primarily work of defective construction issues, but also have consulted on auto losses, large Ag losses, professional liability, the more complex the better! If you can’t lose my commercial would be have your attorneys call me. 🙂

Most of my clients, and their attorneys at some point all ask the same question as we are working together. “How do you off hand” just know all these policies.

At a dinner once I was the entertainment for a dozen VP’s of a large national construction company as they would throw a “what if” at me, I would respond with the answer and where in the certain policy by the assigned form #, then quote the coverage. My children growing up use to call and say “hey dad where is that scripture about the degree of sin” or other such, and I would tell them, and they would hit me up with more as their friends would be amazed… I know two things very well. Scripture and Insurance.

How? I am disabled. I have dyslexia, so I can’t read or write as others do. I learned to site read and write. I memorize a word, how it looks, how to spell it and how to say it. Ask me to “read” a new word? I can’t sound it out. I have to memorize it.

What does all that matter?

Insurance claims are usually straight forward. But some complex issues are much like a rubix cube. One fact changes and it changes other things in the policy and coverages also. (which is why Dyslexia is a blessing, as I can see the whole of it)

This has grown over the years to the point I can simply remember what I read, and what I have been taught as well as the source.

I share this so I can say that treating any illness differently than any other illness by an insurance company is text book bad faith. Keeping in mind insurance is a unilateral contract of adhesion. Demanding the highest level of client care of all agreements. Does it seem to you that mental and addiction diseases are being treated as other diseases? Me neither!

The exception to that statement is “exception” and exception is a legal part of the policy which can add or limit or change coverage or how something is going to be handled. It has to be approved by the department of insurance. So if the insurance companies want to treat Addiction and Mental Health diseases differently as they are doing right now, they first would have to get state approval, which they haven’t and can’t get. Why? Because if it is a disease, which it is then they would have to have a reason that it should be treated differently than other Disease. Which they don’t.

What are punitive damages? We all seem to know they are penalties for intentional bad actions. In the insurance world it is called “Bad Faith”.

My 2 cents. I remember years back when mental health and addiction was classified as any other illness. To treat it as anything other than “any other illness” intentionally, and yes this is intentional. Makes this bad faith. Colluding together to all do the same thing?? Where is the DOJ on that one?

The trade off? Premiums would have to increase. The concept of insurance is to spread the risk among a large group of units. (People) . All rate increases also have to be approved.

In the end, medical insurance is going to have to pay for coverage as they should and our rates will have to increase to cover it. To cut health insurance premiums is a different conversation… which I am happy to share as well. It is almost too simple.. Why hasn’t it happened? Just simple greed. I can run it down line by line. But the summary will be greed.

Before the change, first we will see some very large Bad Faith claims and criminal prosecution.

Criminal prosecution? come on GW, how is that? just my opinion but I also believe insurance companies have colluded to act together for their financial benefit to the detriment of their policyholders.

So my opinion is someday we will see insurance companies pay large bad faith claims as well as face criminal charges for taking collective action against their policyholders, for their financial gain. Kind of like when the DOJ goes after the Mob, for rico violations. Interesting, both the mob and insurance carriers are killing innocent people for profit… This is just my opinion. That said, I think if I started to “dig into it” we would find I am more correct than not.

Ps. Most clients don’t know more than it is or isn’t covered getting their advice from the insurance company. Further bad faith and now we add unfair claims practices to it.

If you have a legal team already on this, I would be happy to help.

Below is copied as given permission. Feel free to copy and repost my entire post. Maybe it will help those suffering with mental illness and addiction disease?

In case you didn’t know…..  worth the read please. 

Did you know that addiction is classified in the DSM-5? It’s a mental illness that lives in the brain stem: the same brain stem that serves a critical role in regulating certain involuntary actions of the body, including heartbeat and breathing. Addicts feel that they need their drug of choice (DOC) the same way they feel they need to breathe. 

Did you know that our society treats addiction as a moral issue and pawns it off on law enforcement to “control”? The average stay in jail being 365 days or less. Where addicts are left to detox alone ?

Did you know the detox process can be violent and result in death if not monitored by medical professionals?

Did you know the addict is many times released, and at that time, their serotonin levels are at their lowest, leading to a high crime rate and a higher chance in relapse.        It’s a pun to say that this is criminal but that’s exactly what this really is ….criminal.                                                                                                     

It takes an average of 14-16 months of sobriety for an addict’s brain to balance serotonin levels to that of a neuro-typical brain. Did you know that? 

Did you know that most insurances will only pay for 30 days of treatment for an addict?                                                                          Most times you’re lucky to get even 14 days!

Please get mad about that. I’m begging you …get mad about that.

Did you know that 136 people die everyday from opioid overdose? That’s one person every 10.58 minutes. By the time you’re done reading and processing this post, someone will have died from an opioid overdose. 

Someone’s child. 

Someone’s spouse. 

Someone’s parent.

Someone’s brother/sister.

Someone’s friend. 

Someone’s aunt/uncle. 

Let that sink in. 

Did you know that the two biggest factors that “make” an addict are 

(1) Genetic Predisposition and (2) Childhood trauma. There’s not that “one hit” or that “one decision” that will make an addict. You never really know who is or is not an addict before they ever even pick up. It’s NOT a moral problem. I repeat, addiction is NOT A MORAL PROBLEM. 

Just for a minute let’s take this in a little bit of a different direction.                                                                                                          Did you know that the BRCA gene for breast cancer has a 5-10% genetic predisposition rate? People every day undergo testing and life changing surgeries to avoid it but addiction genetic predisposition is over 50%. 

O V E R  5 0 %. Let that sink in.                                                

You still think addiction is a moral problem?                                                           A parenting problem? 

Too bad there isn’t a surgery to remove addiction huh ?                                                                                               

If there’s one thing an addict would say….it’s that they’re still in there. (I know because I’ve asked.) The person that you knew and loved is still in there. 

They are not their disease. 

THEY ARE NOT THEIR DISEASE. 

Addiction is a disease. Much like diabetes. It has to be monitored everyday. For the rest of their lives. And it’s HARD. It takes support and unrelenting diligence. Like cancer in that it can always reoccur.

The blaming needs to stop. We need to do better. 

The paradigm needs to change. 

Insurance benefits needs to change. 

Public awareness needs to change. 

Period. 

The next time you hear someone say “ they have a choice “ or you hear others refer to addicts as “ a junkie“ start by educating them because that really is how this works.                                                     

You can make a difference you can change things. It starts with educating yourself and then spreading that knowledge one person at a time. Please I beg you join me in this.

Copied and pasted.  Please do the same…  Be a part of the change!

If it wasn’t this it would be something else.

From the movie “Elizabeth Town”. I’ve kinda adopted this as mine. Seems most of my great ideas or sayings originated somewhere else?

Just to share no $ just send a address to my P.O. Box 3669 turlock ca 95381. Or just a message with your address and how many you’d like.

It’s a nice picture of Jesus reminding to keep Him first. See the photo of the front and back. We laminate them etc ourselves so not high quality. But the message and the picture bring me peace and comfort. I have 4-5 different ones they are about the size of a credit card so fits nicely in your wallet.

No kidding not a con or some other bs. My wife made one of these larger a few years ago and put it on our refrigerator. One of those days when you out your head against the refrigerator and say a prayer for some help. And sure enough Jesus shows up. I opened my eye and read the blurb and saw the picture of Jesus. It changed me life from that minute on.

Let us know which one or ones you’d like. And we will send it to you. No $$ please just pay it forward.

Anyway just get us your address and let us know which ones you’d like.
This is the one from our refrigerator and what’s on the pack of the photo we will send you.

I am going to say. It. Is what it. Is Things change and they cage he fast. If anyone could give you one thing. Just one thing it would be one of these pictures with the reminder to out Jesus first!

Your life will change. Peace, love, joy, acceptance, forgiveness just a big ole hug fromGod Himself is what this is!

Day 1

Insurance cost reduction. Seems I come to realize I know two things enough to be worth listening to about.

1. Jesus. So very thankfully I know Jesus Since I was 8 years old at a Billy Graham crusade in S City ca the “cow palace” had an event. My dad took me and I went forward. Prayed with some people and signed up for study books to be sent to my house. I read them all and found some peace in them. (Not complete peace “some peace”). Still struggling for “that perfect day”

2. Insurance. Because of dyslexia I learned to memorize words. So I don’t read, write, spell etc like a “normal person” whatever or whoever that might be? Either way having dyslexia is a gift if you are lucky enough to find someone that understands it and they take the time to teach you how to use it. My grandfather was a teacher and knew People to help and they did. But really by my early 20’s is was apparent the curse of not being able to read and write became the blessing of a near photographic memory.

A gift I would add that Anton can develop if the “educated” educators get out of the way. It starts as most things worthwhile. It starts with admitting you don’t have all the answers. And everyone learns differently. Ie. No one size fits all approach to education!

Day one, I will begin by reading all the standard works.

  1. The Book of Mormon
  2. The Old Testament
  3. The new Testament
  4. The Pearl of Great Price
  5. The Book of Moses
  6. The Book of Abraham
  7. The Doctrine and Covenants

5-3-22 Updating.

I have prayerfully read all 7 items above, 2,603 pages. My life is forever changed, as through prayfull study I have found my Father in Heaven, His Son Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost, I know them and their personality, I attest that the author of all 7 of these works is the same. The gift of Dyslexia which I have, I memorize easily and feel the patterns, The Holy Ghost attests in my mind and heart our Savior is the Author of these 7 scriptures. Read for yourself and you will see as well. I am closer to them then I have been in my life.

As Jesus Said :

In this world we will have turmoil, but the peace of Jesus and His joy can remain in our hearts.

Short and to the point

Dear Father in Heaven. Thank you for everything wonderful in my life. Thank you for all the pain in my life as I know you are making me into the man you want me to be. (Please remind me of this all the time).

I need help remembering all things work for the good of those that love Jesus! Sometimes being sad is just ok. Sometimes I need help to break the sad cycle as I refer to it. Today I ask my Father in Heaven for help! In Jesus name.

Now comes faith! I know that Jesus lives and paid the price for me. He descended below all things and He ascended a above all things so Jesus can meet me wherever I am. In faith I thank you Father for answering my prayers as soon as I asked!

One key is we all need to “ask” God for what we would like Him to help with!

I found an old bible at an antique store. To my great amazement it is full of wonderfully detailed art! Taking pictures of the pages with my iPhone brings the detail to life! About 26 or so pages of pictures all of this detail and quality!

Remember to “ask” our Father in heaven for help today in the name of His Son Jesus! I promise as you go to bed this evening and think to pray God will touch your mind that you will see His hand in your life today!

Just for today, the Holy Ghost will dwell inside my heart!

I had heard a talk last Oct on the Holy Ghost. The simple concept was that the Holy Ghost doesn’t need to leave you. It can come and stay 24/7 allowing you to walk in this world with peace and joy no matter what is happening! “In the world but not of the world”. A fully devoted disciple of Jesus.

We all have something. I like the statement “if it wasn’t this is would be something else”. Isn’t that true! So a reminder to be kind to others as they to are going through something, about to or just finished but they are in pain just like you and I.

How can we keep the Holy Ghost with us? To start with “ask” Jesus what you / I need to do? What sins can I repent of and what should I do?

For me the answer was study “My word” and “pray contently”. Then came the little things to correct.

I have noticed in just over a month now that I can feel the Holy Ghost with me and can really feel it when he exits. When my temper flairs, or I watch something beneath God’s standards.

I read on my iPhone and highlight and make notes as it tracks the scriptures. Automation actually helps for a change. Then it is choosing good, better or best activity / things. Watching the King of Queens is good, talking to my wife is better. Talking to Jesus is best!

Seeking to have the Holly Ghost with me 24/7 is one of those simple “one step goals”. Meaning I can focus on this single item and it carry’s with it all the little things I need to do to achieve the goal.

In the last month I set up a study plan. To read all the scriptures by the end of the year.