1. Song, Prayer
2. Ask: Do you know any deep and sacred mysteries of God?
3. Ask: Do you feel that you have prepared yourself enough that you might be able to recieve the mysteries of God?
4. Ask: Who in our family really wants to know the wonders of eternity? (raise your hand)
5. Ask: What must you do to prepare yourselves?
(Serve him in righteousness and in truth unto the end)
Does He want us to know all things? (Yes)br> What else do we need to do to prepare ourselves to recieve the blessings of knowledge from God ?
(Pray to him for the knowledge. Then God will reveal all mysteries, in His own time, as we are ready to recieve it.) yea, all the hidden mysteries of His kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will He make known unto those who desire to know. He will grant them knowledge concerning all things pertaining to His kingdom, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will be shown them, even the things of many generations.
(read) What Joseph Smith recieved no man has ever known, except the great Prophets of old. And yet here are some right here in the D&C. We are a priviliged people indeed to have this knowledge. I pray that we never take advantage of this knowledge.
6. Pass out handouts. (they are at the end of this lesson) beyond the line. Make a copy for all in family.
Have family members try to guess and see if they already know the answers. Then read D&C 76:16 to see what the answers are. Write the answers down as you go.
Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God; Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom; For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works according to the desire of their hearts.17. What does it mean to you to be “valiant in the testimony of Jesus”? read this to them
“It is to be courageous and bold; to use all our strength, energy, and ability in the warfare with the world; to fight the good fight of faith. … The great cornerstone of valiance in the cause of righteousness is obedience to the whole law of the whole gospel.
“To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to ‘come unto Christ, and be perfected in him’; it is to deny ourselves ‘of all ungodliness,’ and ‘love God’ with all our ‘might, mind and strength.’ (Moro. 10:32.)
“To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to believe in Christ and his gospel with unshakable conviction. It is to know of the verity and divinity of the Lord’s work on earth.
“But this is not all. It is more than believing and knowing. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. It is more than lip service; it is not simply confessing with the mouth the divine Sonship of the Savior. It is obedience and conformity and personal righteousness. …
“To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.’ It is to ‘endure to the end.’ It is to live our religion, to practice what we preach, to keep the commandments. It is the manifestation of ‘pure religion’ in the lives of men; it is visiting ‘the fatherless and widows in their affliction’ and keeping ourselves ‘unspotted from the world.’
“To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to bridle our passions, control our appetites, and rise above carnal and evil things. It is to overcome the world as did he who is our prototype and who himself was the most valiant of all our Father’s children. It is to be morally clean, to pay our tithes and offerings, to honor the Sabbath day, to pray with full purpose of heart, to lay our all upon the altar if called upon to do so.
“To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to take the Lord’s side on every issue. It is to vote as he would vote. It is to think what he thinks, to believe what he believes, to say what he would say and do what he would do in the same situation. It is to have the mind of Christ and be one with him as he is one with his Father” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, 45-46; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, 35).
Read this to them:
Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve explained: “Those destined to inherit the terrestrial kingdom are: (1) those who died ‘without law’-those heathen and pagan people who do not hear the gospel in this life, and who would not accept it with all their hearts should they hear it; (2) those who hear and reject the gospel in this life and then accept it in the spirit world; (3) those ‘who are honorable men of the earth, who [are] blinded by the craftiness of men’; and (4) those who are lukewarm members of the true church and who have testimonies, but who are not true and faithful in all things” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith , 146).
The entire vision in D&C 76, testifies of Jesus Christ and His infinite Atonement. Joseph Smith’s description of the vision begins and ends with a testimony of the Savior. Seperate into groups and find the scriptures that can answer these questions.
1.Who will Jesus save?
2.What resurrection will the people who are unrighteous come forth in?
3. What side of Heavenly Father does the Savior always stand when being introduced to people of the earth by God?
4. Who created the Universe?
5. What will happen to the bodies of people who are really wicked?
6. What is Lucifers main goal now?
7. Who are the people who will be called the sons of perdition who will literally go with Satan?
8.What resurrection will the people who are good come forth in?
9. Do we have to be perfect to be a partaker in the first resurrection?
10. What will happen to the bodies of these just people, who took upon themselves sacred ordinations, were obedient, and who try all there lives?
11. What will happen to the bodies of people who are not as valient as the celestial people?
12. Who was the angel that rebelled against God?
13. What is Perdition? And why are sons of perdition condemned to experience such great suffering?
14. How can we keep ourselves from being “blinded by the craftiness of men”?
15. About four years after the vision in D&C 76 was revealed, Joseph Smith received a vision in which he saw his older brother Alvin in the celestial kingdom. Alvin had died in 1823, before the Church was restored. What did Joseph learn from seeing Alvin in the celestial kingdom? Later on Joseph said, "And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven".
16. How does our testimony of Jesus determine the kingdom we will inherit after we die?
17. What does it mean to you to be “valiant in the testimony of Jesus”?
18. Read to class: Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve explained: “Those destined to inherit the terrestrial kingdom are:
(1) those who died ‘without law’-those heathen and pagan people who do not hear the gospel in this life, and who would not accept it with all their hearts should they hear it;
(2) those who hear and reject the gospel in this life and then accept it in the spirit world;
(3) those ‘who are honorable men of the earth, who [are] blinded by the craftiness of men’; and
(4) those who are lukewarm members of the true church and who have testimonies, but who are not true and faithful in all things” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith , 146).