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God's Plan of Salvation


 

God's Plan of Salvation
The Pre-Existence | The Veil Between Pre-Mortal Life and Mortality | Mortal life on Earth |
The Veil Between Mortal and the Spirit World | The Spirit World | Paradise in the Spirit World |
Spirit Prison | Resurrection & Final Judgement | The Celestial Kingdom, glory of the Sun |
The Terrestrial Kingdom, glory of the moon | The Telestial Kingdom, glory of the stars



God's Plan of Salvation
Answers to the questions; Whence, Why, Whither?
Where did we come from? Why are we here? What happens after we die?
Our purpose in life, where we came from before birth, why we are here and what happens when we die. God's plan to test and redeem his children.


     Before mortality we existed as literal spirit children of our Heavenly Parents. God, our Heavenly Father provided a plan of redemption and a way for us to learn and grow. At birth we left the pre-mortal existence and passed though a veil of forgetfulness before entering mortality so that we live by faith. We come to Earth as mortals to gain a body and be tested to see if we will follow God, our Heavenly Father's Commandments. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of our Heavenly Father was sent to be our exemplar, to lead and teach us God's plan, to redeem us by atoning for our sins and to break the bands of death by being the first to be resurrected. In order to be receive salvation, we must accept Jesus Christ as our savior, repent of our sins, follow the commandments and His example. We must accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be baptized by immersion by one with authority as He was and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. When we die our spirits leave our mortal bodies and go to the spirit world where we will await resurrection and judgment. Those who were not taught the gospel on earth will be taught in the spirit world where they may accept or reject it. All will be resurrected, meaning our spirits will be reunited again with our bodies, only they will be immortal perfected bodies. Then will come the judgment, where we will be assigned to one of the three kingdoms; Celestial, Terrestrial, or Telestial according to our faith, works and the grace of God. For we all fall short the glory of God and without his Grace and Jesus Christ we would all be lost. Satan and his followers will be cast out into outerdarkness to never tempt us again.



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The Pre-Existence
Job 38:4-7
4. Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the Earth? declare, if thou has understanding.
5. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6. Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
 
Jeremiah 1:5
1. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
 
John 9:2-3
2. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
 
Acts 17:28-29
28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
 
Hebrews 12:9
9. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall not we much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
 
Romans 8:16-17
16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and join-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 
Alma 13:3
3. And this is the manner after which they were ordained--being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.
 
Abraham 3:22-26
22. Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was: and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23. And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me; thou art one of them; thou was chosen before thou was born.
24. And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell.
25. And we will prove them herewith, to see of they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
26. And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.
 
D&C 93:29
29. Man was also in the Beginning with God, Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.



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The Veil Between Pre-Mortal Life and Mortality
Ecclesiastes 1:11
11. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
 
Isaiah 25:7
7. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
 
2 Corinthians 3:14
14. But their minds were blinded; for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.



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Mortal life on Earth
Genesis 1:26 - 28
26. And God said, Let us make man in Our image, after our likness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27. So God created man in his own image in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28. And God blessed them, and God said unto the, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
 
Genesis 5:1 - 3
1. This it the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth.
 
Moses 1:39
39. For Behold, this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
 
Abraham 3:25
25. And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
 
1 Corinthians 15:21 - 22
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 
Alma 12:24
24. And we see that death comes upon mankind, yea, the death which has been spoken of by Amulek, which is the temporal death; nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead.
 
Alma 42:4
4. And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.



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The Veil Between Mortality and the Spirit World
1 Corinthians 13:12
12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
 
Ether 3:19
19. And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting.
 
Ether 12:19
19. And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.
 
D&C 110:1
1. The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.



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The Spirit World
Alma 40:11
11. Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection--Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
 
Alma 40:15
15. Now, there are some that have understood that this state of happiness and this state of misery of the soul, before the resurrection, was a first resurrection. Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection, the raising of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to happiness or misery, according to the words which have been spoken.
 
Alma 40:21
21. But whether it be at his resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body, and be brought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works.



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Paradise in the Spirit World
Luke 23:43
43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
 
Revelation 14:13
13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
 
2 Corinthians 12:4
4. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
 
2 Nephi 9:13
13. O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfetc.
 
Alma 40:12
12. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.



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Spirit Prison
Psalms 142:7
7. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
 
John 5:25
25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
 
1 Peter 3:18-19
18. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19. By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
 
1 Peter 4:6
6. For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
 
D&C 76:73
73. And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;
 
Moses 7:38
38. But behold, these which thine eyes are upon shall perish in the floods; and behold, I will shut them up; a prison have I prepared for them.
 
2 Nephi 9:12
12. And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.



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Resurrection & The Final Judgement
John 5:28-29
28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
 
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
21. For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.
22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
 
Alma 11:43-45
43. The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
44. Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
45. Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.
 
Mormon 9:13-14
13. And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the presence of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed, because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band of death, which death is a temporal death.
14. And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.
 
Matthew 16:27
27. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
 
Revelation 20:12-13
12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
 
2 Nephi 9:15
15. And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
 
Alma 12:12
12. And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.
 
D&C 76:111-112
111. For they shall be judged according to their works, and every man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion, in the mansions which are prepared;
112. And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end.



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The Celestial Kingdom
The Glory of The Sun
1 Corinthians 15:40
40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
 
D&C 76:70
70. These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.
 
D&C 76:92
92. And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things--where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever;
 
D&C 78:7
7. For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.
 
D&C 88:4
4. This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom;
 
D&C 88:20
20. That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified.
 
D&C 131:1-4
1. In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
2. And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood (meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage);
3. And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.
 
D&C 137:1-4
1. The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell.
2. I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire;
3. Also the blazing throne of God, whereon was seated the Father and the Son.
4. I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with gold.
 
D&C 137:10
10. 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.



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The Terrestrial Kingdom
The Glory of The Moon
1 Corinthians 15:40
40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
 
D&C 76:71
71. And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.
 
D&C 76:78
78. Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.
 
D&C 76:91
91. And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.
 
D&C 88:21
21. And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom.
 
D&C 76:71-80
71. And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.
72. Behold, these are they who died without law;
73. And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;
74. Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
75. These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.
76. These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.
77. These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.
78. Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.
79. These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.
80. And now this is the end of the vision which we saw of the terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to write while we were yet in the Spirit.



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The Telestial Kingdom
The Glory of The Stars
1 Corinthians 15:40
40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
 
D&C 76:81-89
81. And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.
82. These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.
83. These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit.
84. These are they who are thrust down to hell.
85. These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work.
86. These are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial;
87. And the terrestrial through the ministration of the celestial.
88. And also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be ministering spirits for them; for they shall be heirs of salvation.
89. And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding;
 
D&C 76:98
98. And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;
 
D&C 88:100
100. And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation;
 
D&C 88:24
24. And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.


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