Pardon me for waxing sentimental and spiritual for a moment...it's been a long day!
I've been thinking on the Plan of Salvation today. In fact, there has rarely been a minute that it has left my mind. For those of you who read this blog and are not LDS, the Plan of Salvation, or Plan of Happiness, is the term used to refer to Heavenly Father's plan for his children...probably very similar in many respects to other Christian theology. Quite simply, our Father's plan was to provide a Savior for all of His children, that they may, through the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, return to live with Him one day. In fact, the very first song that most LDS kids learn (okay, I'm totally stereotyping...it's the very first song MY kids learn) says,
I am a Child of God and He has sent me here.
Has given me an earthly home, with parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way,
Teach me all that I must do to live with Him some day.
That knowledge that I am a Child of God and that He loves me was and still is the very foundation of my testimony--the things that I know to be true. If I live worthily here on earth--be good, go to church, vote Republican, repent for being sarcastic on my blog, etc--then my reward will be great. Eternal life with my family great, but I have to do my part here on Earth.
Children are perfect, innocent, and cannot sin. Therefore, when a child dies before a certain age (8), they return immediately into the presence of our Father in Heaven. What a perfect, wonderful, and comforting doctrine!! The last couple of days, many, many people have been praying for a miracle for a young friend of mine. Perhaps the miracle is that he now gets to be in Heaven, not having to experience the pains and temptations of mortality, awaiting the resurrection, where his little body will be perfect and healthy, and also awaiting the time that he gets to be reunited with his family. Though my heart is breaking for his family right now, I am in awe of Heavenly Father's mercy and love for His children.
I am a Child of God and so my needs are great.
Help me to understand His will before it grows to late.
I am a Child of God, rich blessings are in store.
If I but learn to do His will, I'll live with Him once more.
I am a Child of God, His promises are sure.
Celestial glory shall be mine if I can but endure.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, helf me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do to live with him someday.
*That Republican thing was just a joke...sarcasm...it's a bad habit!