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A Loving and Perfect Heavenly Father Offers
a Fullness of Joy, of Truth and Light
to ALL of His Children who
will come unto Him
through Jesus


By understanding creation’s design, we come to know where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. We see the centrality of the Fall and the Atonement, and how opposition, good and evil, joy and pain are necessary in order to achieve the fullness offered by the Father. When we understand the plan, we feel to sing anthems of eternal praise to the Designer — in spite of all the challenges of mortality no matter how severe. The key element to the plan is that through Jesus Christ we can overcome all things. [1]

When the Father unfolded creation’s design, before the foundation of the world, we were there — as His spirit children — with Jehovah, Michael (the arch-angel, who became Adam), with our glorious mother Eve, with father Noah and Abraham, and all of the other noble and great ones, who had special foreordained missions in mortality. We shouted for joy and sang anthems of eternal praise in anticipation of our privilege of participating in His glorious plan — of coming to earth, gaining a body, and experiencing mortality — an essential and critical phase in our progression toward eternal life and receiving a FULNESS of Joy, of Light, and of Truth. We knew that when and where we would be born would be best for us — whether Africa or America or whether we lived for 90 seconds or 90 years — we rejoiced at the opportunity. [2]

Without agency a fulness of joy is impossible. Because of agency, we knew then we would be subject to sin in mortality now. Extending His love and mercy, our Perfect Father explained the need for a Savior. The first-born spirit said, "Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever." [2] Lucifer, a "son of the morning," "sought to destroy the agency of man," and said, "I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor." [2] And he rebelled against Father, "...and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency; And they were thrust down, (to the earth) and thus came the devil and his angels;" [3]

After the creation of the Earth and of the garden of Eden, The Father said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." Our glorious first parents were created in the image and likeness of our Heavenly Parents, and anything which tends to denigrate them also denigrates our Heavenly parents and is of Satan. A large amount of the world’s wallowing in sin is because mother Eve and her daughters have been brought down, in our mind’s eye, from their exalted roles and divine potential. [4]

As type and shadow of the opposition we would face in mortality, the Lord placed two trees in the garden: the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life, the one bitter the other sweet. And He gave two opposing commandments — both of which they could not keep. They had their agency to chose which commandment to keep. Disobedience to either was not a sin, for they were in a state of innocence — a state in which they could not have children. They could not keep the first commandment unless they disobeyed the second. [5]

One of the biggest fallacies in Christendom today is the belief that Satan was able to frustrate the plan of God by beguiling Eve into partaking of the fruit. If that were true, God would be imperfect — not knowing all things — and would then cease to be God. "THE works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated,.." [6] Lucifer, not knowing the mind of God, thought he was frustrating the work of God by enticing Eve to partake. The Lord is also the perfect master at turning evil into good, declaring, "I know the end from the beginning;" [6] and used this apparently evil beguilement to bring about a profound blessing for all mankind — the opportunity for mortality and eternal progression. Eve, reasoning this, made the right choice, and her name should be blessed for ever. She was deceived not by the message but by the identity of the messenger. Once Satan realized it was he, not she, that was deceived about the designed purpose of the tree in helping Adam and Eve and all their children on the path to return to the Father, he has been after Eve’s good name and has been attacking her daughters ever since. Unfortunately, he has had and is having great success as the world has succumbed to Satan’s enticements and titillating stories. [7] Any who contribute to the denigration of our glorious mother Eve or perpetrate such stories is contributing to the work of the adversary — bringing a spirit of darkness rather than light into the world.

When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, they transgressed the law. Even though this was not a sin, for a Perfect Father, justice must be satisfied and a punishment was affixed: "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." [8] And they did die: two kinds of death — first, spiritual, being cut off from the presence of God,— second, physical, when their spirits left their mortal bodies. The first death opened the door to mortality for all of us to come to Earth, having completed our first estate. The second death opened the door to immortality and the resurrection for all and for a Fullness of JOY and Eternal Life or life with God for all those who will come unto the Father through the Son. [9]

"And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God. And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient." [10]

Adam’s physical death occurred exactly as the Lord said -- within "the day" of the Lord’s time (a thousand years for man). [11]

Notice, Satan and his angels were cast down to the earth — facilitating the opposition needed in mortality. "And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet--" [12] The prophet Lehi proves that if there were no opposition, there would be no God. Conversely, since their is a God, there is opposition. [5]

Adam and Eve were married by God, and "within the house of the Lord the woman is the equal and the helpmate of the man. ‘Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord’ (1 Corinthians 11:11)." [13] "...the sublime doctrine of marriage... is necessary to our final exaltation. The man and woman were created together... Eve was created and given to [Adam] for a companion, a helpmate, that he as a king and a priest and she as a queen and priestess might rise to exaltation and glory and together receive a fulness of joy." [14]

The statement of the Lord to Eve about Adam: "...and he shall rule over thee." has also been greatly misunderstood. All too many men exercise unrighteous dominion over their spouses. For a man to exercise "...control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness..." is totally incongruent with the behavior of a righteous husband and father. A man hoping to obtain heaven has the hope also of being a righteous king — "crowned with honor, and glory, and immortality, and eternal life," which is impossible unless a righteous Queen is by his side, "equal in power, and in might, and in dominion." A righteous king is a loving, caring protector. Such was Adam, and our first parents were great and noble role models for us to follow. [15]

The perfect and infinite eternal atonement of Jesus Christ totally overcame the effects of the spiritual and physical deaths brought by the transgression of Adam. All of us will be brought back into the presence of God to be judged — thus overcoming spiritual death, and all will be resurrected — thus overcoming physical death. [5, 9, &16] For a perfect, fair and just God, it could not be any other way.

Our own personal sins are all that is left — of commission and omission. "Break not my commandments..." and "to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin." However, he "that knoweth not good from evil is blameless;" "and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him." "For... his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned." [17]

Now "the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit. And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father." Herein lies our grand and glorious opportunity to grow in light and truth. Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. ¶ As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. [18]

For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace. And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn; And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn. Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth; And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come; And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning. The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth; And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things... Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy. The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple. The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.

If we don’t "bring up our children in light and truth" (knowing Christ), then Satan will have power over us, bringing affliction upon us and our children. [19]

Our perfect God extends perfect mercy; yet mercy cannot rob justice. When we sin, we have two choices: repent and come unto Christ and partake of mercy; or not repent and be subject to justice, to suffer even as He did, and to be subject unto the Second Death, "which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed,..." [20]

Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved. (2 Nephi 2:6-9)

Christ has said:

And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me. And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost. (3 Nephi 11:32-35)

We see that the greatest of sins is to sin against light and truth when we have received it and know it.

...thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me. (2 Nephi 31:14)

We see that the greatest of opportunities is to follow and to share with all who will the light and truths of the restoration in preparation for the glorious return of our Lord and Savior.

...shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, ...and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming,...? (D&C 128:22-24)

"... mine own elect... will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming; for they shall be purified, even as I am pure." (D&C 35:20-21) And "...they who [will] not hear his voice [shall] be cut off from among the people." (JS-History 40)

The most important invitation we will ever receive or we can extend is to come unto the Father through the Son by having faith, trusting totally in the Lord, repenting of every sin, receiving the Lord’s baptism of water, fire and the Spirit, and then endure to the end — feasting upon "MY WORD" and listening and heading "MY VOICE." Then shall we be built upon the ‘roc’ of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ and shall abide the day. We shall have the greatest of JOY — even a fulness — as we become humble followers of Him, who will perfect us and sanctify us. (Moroni 10:32-33)

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1. D&C 76:59-61

2. Job 38:4-7; Abraham 3:22-; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Moses 4:1-4; D&C 138:; Revelations 13:8; Alma 22:13; Acts 17:26

3. D&C 29:36-37; Isaiah 14:12-32; Revelations 12:1-9

4. Genesis 1:26; 5:2

5. 2 Nephi 2:--

6. D&C 3:1-5; D&C 76:1-10; Isaiah 46:10

7. Beverly Campbell, "MOTHER EVE; Mentor for Today’s Woman: A Heritage of Honor," address given 2 April 1993 at the 11th annual conference of Collegium Aesculapium in Salt Lake City, Utah

8. Genesis 2:17

9. 2 Nephi 9:; Alma 12:, 40:, 41:, & 42:

10. Moses 5:10-11

11. 2 Peter 3:8; D&C 77:12; Moses 7:65; Abraham 3:4

12. D&C 29:34-50

13. James E. Talmage, The House of the Lord, p.21

14. Rudger Clawson, Conference Report, April 1939, p.119

15. D&C 75:5; 76:95; 121:37-46; Mosiah 2: — 6:

16. Helaman 14:15-18; 2 Nephi 9:6-15; Alma 11:42-45; 3 Nephi 27:13-22; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Philippians 3:20-21

17. JST Matthew 16:27; James 4:17; Alma 29:5; 2 Nephi 9:25; Mosiah 3:11

18. D&C 84:46-47; John 14:6; John 15:-5-12

19. D&C 93:20-42

20. Alma 42:25; Alma 12:32; D&C 19:15-19

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