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Friday, January 9, 2009

I Am A Spirit Child of Heavenly Father. January 2009, week 2

I LIVED WITH HEAVENLY FATHER BEFORE I CAME TO EARTH
(FAMILY HOME EVENING)

Scriptures: “All of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm 82:6)
We Believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, and in the Holy Ghost. First Article of Faith
Our Father in Heaven

There Is a God
Read Alma 30:44
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.
Activity: Looking outside or remembering what they saw today, have the family make a list of some of God’s creations that they see (saw).
What are some of the things around us that show us there is a God?

What Kind of Being Is God?
Read Moses 6:9
Because we are made in his image, we know that God has a body that looks like ours. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.
God is perfect. He is a God of 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—a god. He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” ( Moes 1:39).

Why Should We Try 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 tells us, “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). By keeping his commandments we can become like him.
“Chapter 1: Our Father in Heaven,” Gospel Principles, 8

Show Picture of (Earthly Dad) Ask: Who is this? Compare how children are simialer to their father. Repeat for Mother.

We Are Children of Our Heavenly Father
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 Deity. … 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” (Joseph F. Smith, “The Origin of Man,” Improvement Era, Nov. 1909, pp. 78, 80).
Every person who was ever born on earth was our spirit brother or sister in heaven. The first spirit born to our heavenly parents was Jesus Christ (see D&C 93:21), so he is literally our elder brother (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 26). Because we are the spiritual children of our heavenly parents, we have inherited the potential to develop their divine qualities. If we choose to do so, we can become perfect, just as they are.
We were not all alike in heaven. We were given different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth. (See Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 51.) We can learn more about our talents and callings when we receive our patriarchal blessings (see Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, p. 117).
Even though we have forgotten, our Father in Heaven remembers who we were and what we did before we came here (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 50). 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.

Our Heavenly Parents Desired to Share Their Joy with Us
Our heavenly parents provided us with a celestial home more glorious and beautiful than any place on earth. We were happy there. Yet they knew we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left them for a time. They wanted us to develop the godlike qualities that they have. To do this, we needed to leave our celestial home to be tested and to gain experience. We needed to choose good over evil. 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 those of our heavenly parents. If we passed our tests, we would receive the fullness of joy that our heavenly parents have received. (See D&C 93:30–34.)

Chapter 2, "Heavenly Family,” Gospel Principles, 11
Two other great Ideas can be found in the:
1) In the “Before the New Testament,” Friend, Apr 2000, 15
2) The Old Testement Reader has a couple chapters on Pre-exestance and the Great Council in Heaven. Below is the link to the online stories http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-5,00.html

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