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Heavenly Father’s Plan of Progression

Heavenly Father has a plan for all of His children – a plan that outlines what we must do in order to return and live with Him again.  Although known by many names, this plan is most well-known by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “The Plan of Happiness” or “The Plan of Salvation”.  The way Heavenly Father’s plan is taught is commonly uber-simplified:

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But, there is much more to Heavenly Father’s Plan than this very basic outline.

When Jesus Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew chapters 5-7 and 3 Nephi chapters 12-14) he taught many essential principles for salvation.  This being the case, engaging in a deep spiritual study and application of the principles taught within this particular sermon would be one of the most eternally beneficial choices anyone could make!  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the Beattitudes, a pattern of progressively aligning one’s personal will, understanding, and motivations with Heavenly Father’s.  He teaches us to have pure, righteous intentions – for our intentions are what we shall be judged by.  He teaches us to be honest and sincere – allowing our actions to reflect the desires of our hearts.  And, he teaches that we must trust God above all else.

To put it simply, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ teaches us how we can strengthen our relationship with Heavenly Father and apply Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation in our lives in order to enable us to return to live with him again!  This deeper understanding of Heavenly Father’s Plan can be applied individually, in order that we may understand even more fully where we are coming from, why we are where we are, and where we are headed – all in relation to our eternal salvation.

This fundamental information, presented in a simple way, is not to be underestimated.  A superficial understanding of it will not enable your eternal progression.  You must honestly acknowledge to yourself all that you are, so that you may realize all that you must overcome in order to become all that you can be!  Otherwise, you will merely be able to alter your knowledge, skills, and/or habits, but not who you truly are deep inside.  In order for Heavenly Father’s Plan of Progression to work, you must apply its principles to your spirit (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:18).

Sincere, prayerful study of Heavenly Father’s Plan of Progression, as taught by our Savior Jesus Christ, will enable you to determine where you are in your own personal progression.  And, once you know where you are, you will better understand what you must do to achieve higher levels of spiritual development in your life.

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