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  • Heavenly Father’s Plan for Us

    Lesson 1: Primary 6: Old Testament, (1996),1

  • To help the children understand that they are spirit children of Heavenly

    Father and that he has a plan that will help them become like him and return

    to live with him again.

    Purpose

  • OUR OPENING PRAYER WILL BE GIVEN BY

    (Enter name here)

  • I Lived in Heaven Words and music: Janeen Jacobs Brady, b. 1934 1. I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;

    Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you. Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan, All about earth and eternal salvation for man.

    2. Father said he needed someone who had enough love To give his life so we all could return there above. There was another who sought for the honor divine. Jesus said, “Father, send me, and the glory be thine.”

    3. Jesus was chosen, and as the Messiah he came, Conquering evil and death through his glorious name, Giving us hope of a wonderful life yet to be— Home in that heaven where Father is waiting for me.

  • This year we will be studying the gospel mostly from the Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price.

  •  The Old Testament is the history of God’s dealings with his people from the creation of the earth until about four hundred years before Jesus Christ was born.

     The Pearl of Great Price contains sacred writings by several prophets, including two Old Testament prophets, Moses and Abraham.

  • The Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price tell about our premortal life, the early history of the world, Heavenly Father’s plan for us, and the restoration of the gospel.

  • • Where did we live a long time ago?

    • In heaven

    • Let’s read D&C 93:29, first sentence

    • Let’s read Abraham 3:22–23

    • “Long before this world was created, all of the spirits of the men and women who were assigned to this earth lived in a spiritual existence” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], p. 30).

    W H

    ER E?

  • • Who lived there with us?

    W H

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  • • What was Heavenly Father’s plan for us?

    • Heavenly Father wanted us to be able to receive a physical body

    –To learn to choose between right and wrong

    –And to have the opportunity to become like him.

    W H

    AT ?

  • • Let’s read!

    –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: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast 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 if 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.

  • –In Abraham 3:22–26

    The first estate refers to our premortal life

    The second estate is our life on earth

  • –Let’s read!

    Doctrine and Covenants 138:55–56

    • 55 I observed that they were also among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning to be rulers in the Church of God.

    • 56 Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.

  • –In Doctrine and Covenants 138:55–56

    Intelligences as used in these scriptures refers to the spirit children of Heavenly Father and that premortal life means our life before we were born on the earth.

  • The Plan of Salvation

    Pre-Mortal Existence

    Spirit World

    Telestial Kingdom

    Terrestrial Kingdom

    Celestial Kingdom

    Birth

    Death

    Earth Life

    R e s u rre

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    F in

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    Outer

    Darkness

  • Who is the Father of our spirits?

    • (Romans 8:16)

    • How are we as mortals like our heavenly parents?

    –(Genesis 1:27)

  • What did we do in the spirit world?

    • (D&C 138:56)

  • What did we do when Heavenly Father presented his plan to us?

    • We shouted for joy

    (Job 38:4 & 7)

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    “We first heard

    about the plan of salvation before we were born, in what the scriptures call our first estate.”

    Elder L. Tom Perry said this about the Plan of Salvation:

  • Why don’t we remember our premortal life?

    • When each of us was born on the earth, we forgot our life with Heavenly Father.

    • This allowed us to develop faith in him and in Jesus Christ.

    • We can do this through believing the prophets, studying the scriptures, praying, and following the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    We came to earth so we could receive a body of flesh and bones and…

    “to have experiences that we could not obtain in any other way.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

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  • How is earth life different from our premortal life?

    Earth Life

     Be with our family

     Have the Bible and Book of Mormon to guide us

     Have a physical body

     Be taught Heavenly Father’s plan

     Experience hard work, sorrow, and death

     Be able to have children

    Premortal Life • Live with Heavenly Father

    and Jesus Christ

    • Be with our family

    • Have only a spirit body

    • Be taught Heavenly Father’s plan

    Enrichment activity 6

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    “We are now being tried and tested to see if we will do all the things the Lord has commanded us to do.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

  • What are we supposed to do while we live on earth?

    • Let’s read

    –Abraham 3:25

    –Alma 34:32–33

    • What will happen if we keep the commandments while we are on earth?

    • Let’s read

    –Abraham 3:26

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    “There comes a time for all of us when the spirit and the body are separated in death.

    “But because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected, regardless of whether we have accomplished good or evil in this life.

    “Immortality is the gift to every mortal child of our Father in Heaven.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

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  • What happens to our physical bodies when we die?

    • Where do our spirits go?

    • Let’s read

    –Ecclesiastes 12:7

    –Alma 40:11–14

    • At death our spirits do not actually go into God’s presence but go to the spirit world, where we receive a partial judgment.

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    “Death must

    be viewed as a portal to a new and better life.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

    Spirit

    World

  • Enrichment activity 3

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    “Through the glorious resurrection, body and spirit will be reunited.

    “We will have a perfect, immortal body of flesh and bones that will never be subjected to pain or death.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

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  • What does it mean to be resurrected?

    • Let’s read

    –2 Nephi 9:12

    • Who will be resurrected?

    • Let’s read

    –1 Corinthians 15:22

  • What will happen after we are resurrected?

    • Let’s read

    –2 Corinthians 5:10

    • Who will be worthy to l

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