The Plan of Salvation

Song:

"I Lived in Heaven," Children's Songbook, p. 4.

Scripture: Moses 1:39

Quote:

What a great and wonderful plan is the plan of salvation, which ... teaches true principles to allow completion of our journey through life.

(Duane B. Gerrard, "The Plan of Salvation: A Flight Plan for Life," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 77)

Lesson:

Take turns reading Alma 12:25-33 and have your family look for and mark the phrase that is repeated seven times. Ask your family to list other names they know of for this plan. Share the following statement: "In the scriptures we read of the many names of the plan: `the great plan of happiness,' `the plan of redemption,' `the merciful plan of the great Creator,' `the plan of salvation,' `the plan of justice,' and `the great plan of the Eternal God.'" (L. Aldin Porter, "Our Destiny," Ensign, November 1999, p. 65).

Activity:

Explain to your family that you are going to play a game that will give them an opportunity to show their understanding of the plan. Divide your family into two teams. Tell them you are going to say a word or phrase that appears in Alma 12:19-37. The object of the game is to see which team can be the first to find the word or phrase in a verse. Have them raise their hands when they find it. Call on the first person to tell what verse it is in. Someone else on the same team must then tell how that word or phrase fits into the plan of redemption. Examples of words and phrases to be used are given below. Choose ones that you feel will be at the appropriate level for your family.

Fall (verse 22)

Tree of life (verses 21, 23, 26)

Probationary state (verse 24)

Resurrection (verses 24-25)

Temporal death (verse 24)

First parents (verse 26)

Judgment (verse 27)

Commandments (verses 31-32)

Repent (verses 33, 37)

Only Begotten Son (verses 33-34)

Rest (verses 34-37)

Explain to your family that entering into the "rest of God" means entering into "the fullness of his glory" (see D&C 84:24), or eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God (see D&C 14:7). Conclude by having your family read Alma's challenge in Alma 12:37. Bear testimony of the importance of accepting that challenge.

(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 173.)

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