Plan of Salvation

January 20, 2021 01:00 PM MST
This excerpt adapted from Be Not Troubled originally appeared in the January/February issue of LDS Living.
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December 11, 2020 06:00 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Sue faces the grim possibility that her husband will not recover from a vital but dangerous surgery. And to add to her worries, COVID strikes, leaving her without in-person contact to her ailing parents who are in a nursing home in Pennsylvania. But right when it all seems too much to bear, a phone call from Sue's daughter reminds her of her power to call upon heaven to help her family.
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November 17, 2020 04:19 PM MST
Note: Education Week was presented in a special online format this year, meaning that anyone can purchase access to the full list of pre-recorded Education Week presentations, including the ones mentioned in this article, and listen to them as many times as desired through March 31, 2021. To listen to the full messages referenced in this article, purchase access through the BYU Education Week website. All scripture references and quotes were part of a slideshow shared by the presenter during his BYU Education Week address.
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May 20, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
The May pick for LDS Living Book Club is Eve and Adam by Melinda Wheelwright Brown. Follow the LDS Living Book Club Instagram for weekly insights with the author.
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February 03, 2020 12:00 PM MST
To understand the mortal life we are living and the immortal life ahead of us, we begin with the premortal council before the world was created.
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January 03, 2020 05:00 AM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in September 2017.
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Angels have played a prominent part in the Lord’s plan of salvation in all dispensations, and our own dispensation is no exception. Here are 20 things we know about these heavenly beings and how they interact with us in mortality.
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November 05, 2019 09:45 AM MST
This is the third in a series of articles from Sister Wendy Watson Nelson's new book, The Heavens Are Open. Read the first part here or the second part here.
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By  LDS Living
September 23, 2019 05:06 PM MDT
Where did we come from? Why are we here on earth? And where do we go after we die? Many members of the Church hear these questions and begin drawing diagrams or rattling off scriptures and memorized missionary discussions. But how often do we stop to think about how miraculous it is we know the answer to these questions?
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September 16, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The celestial kingdom—the highest kingdom of glory and home to our Heavenly Parents and our Savior.
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By  LDS Living
September 14, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we know that death isn't the end. But do we know what awaits us after this life? Learn more about the spirit world and what happens after we die with this compilation of thought-provoking books, talks, and articles.
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By  LDS Living
August 01, 2019 06:53 PM MDT
What is immortality? What happens to our bodies and spirits after we die? What is the purpose of our life and death? Learn answers to these and more questions in this recent Church video.
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By  LDS Living
July 31, 2019 03:41 PM MDT
"Where did we come from?"
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July 31, 2019 02:41 PM MDT
According to several old Jewish traditions, the earthly temple was a copy, counterpart, or mirror image of the heavenly temple. Victor Aptowitzer summarizes the Jewish point of view by writing that
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July 11, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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June 18, 2019 02:30 PM MDT
Although Nathan Pacheco has performed a variety of projects throughout his vocal career, his latest album released, “My Prayer,” has brought him “a little closer to heaven” than he was before.
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2019 01:58 PM MDT
Everyone will experience death, but what happens after we leave our mortal lives behind? Do we live again? What does that life look like?
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May 02, 2019 12:22 PM MDT
There are many kinds of pain associated with learning what God would have us learn here. There are the growing pains that come from learning through our mistakes. Learning from our own errors requires that we honestly acknowledge them, something that is always painful for those who strive for competence. It is also painful to become as independent as we must be and to learn not to expect others to solve our every problem and meet our every need. It sometimes hurts to be realistic or to wait when patience is required.
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April 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Maps are awesome. I mean, think about it: someone with so much more knowledge and experience than us took the time to measure, calculate, and draw the terrain and roads. They added towns and cities, miles and landmarks, and roads of all kinds. They even added the N on top so everyone else in the world—who isn’t my husband—can know where north is. Through their efforts, they have unlocked a world of driving and destinations for me. Because of them, I don’t have to be lost (as much). Because of them, I can know exactly how to get where I want to go.
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By  LDS Living
April 02, 2019 03:03 PM MDT
What do Latter-day Saints believe about heaven and hell?
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March 16, 2019 02:20 PM MDT
Many prophets and apostles have had remarkable visions of what happens beyond the veil—particularly, what is to come in that next world and the angels who are guiding our lives today.
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February 26, 2019 02:02 PM MST
The following was originally published in LDS Living magazine in February 2015. This month marks the five-year anniversary of when Jensen Parrish lost her mother, father, and two brothers while serving her mission. We are republishing this article to commemorate their lives and to reflect on the powerful lesson's Jensen shared following her sudden loss.
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February 18, 2019 01:54 PM MST
There is what we might call a sweet spirituality in many of the stories we are told. My mother introduced me to this quality through some very simple stories, and I have searched for it in its deeper invitations ever since.
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February 13, 2019 07:02 PM MST
Not only does the veil keep us from remembering our premortal past, it also keeps us from seeing many things that are going on at the present. God and His angels almost always stay in their hiding places—except on those exquisitely rare occasions when He does part that veil.
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January 31, 2019 01:20 PM MST
I have this running list of all the questions I want to ask when I die. It may sound morbid to think about my death so often, but I'm actually really looking forward to learning the answers to questions like is the Oak Island treasure real? What happened to Amelia Earhart?
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January 26, 2019 03:48 PM MST
Have you ever visited a place where everyone spoke a different language than you? Even if a place is beautiful, not being able to communicate makes it very difficult to enjoy being there.
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January 01, 2019 01:09 PM MST
The confusion of tongues in the city of Babel is no match for the confusion of ideas and doctrines among Bible believers as to the meaning of Eden and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from its paradisiacal splendors. In unfolding that story we make no pretense to being smarter than others. Indeed, answers to spiritual queries have little to do with the powers of intellect alone, while they have much to do with eyes and ears endowed with a capacity to see and hear. Such is the privilege of those of the household of faith, those of believing blood, those who have schooled themselves in the revelations of the Restoration—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the book of Moses, and the temple ceremony. Such are the sources to which we turn to obtain an understanding of Eden and the experiences of those who once resided there.
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December 28, 2018 01:20 PM MST
While traveling from Maine to Illinois in 1838, President Wilford Woodruff experienced many hardships, including the death of his wife.
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November 24, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Job posed the question of the ages when he asked: “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).
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November 03, 2018 04:04 PM MDT
In 1990, I attended the annual conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies, held that year in Washington, DC with Robert Millet. We didn’t quite know what to expect. Was the conference going to be comprised of “UFO chasers,” people with aluminum foil hats, and the like?
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October 20, 2018 04:06 PM MDT
The Gateway We Call Death As Latter-day Saints, we are taught that we can have eternal life even after passing through death. Though there are a few things we know about life after death, there are still many things we don't know.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 20, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When I was younger I had a very unpleasant "tradition." Twice a year my throat was attacked to where each time I swallowed, it caused me immense pain and my throat constantly burned. Every time, my mother took me to the doctor, who identified the problem as strep throat. Visiting him for my diagnosis quickly joined my "tradition" of having a burning throat. After years of catching—and healing—from strep, I finally had my tonsils removed. Not only was the following week one of the best of my life, but since that day I have never had strep throat again.
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October 18, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has provided profound insight into death, loss, and the life awaiting us in eternity. Here is a small portion of those insights, excerpted from the new book Teachings of Russell M. Nelson.
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October 07, 2018 03:05 PM MDT
When President M. Russell Ballard stepped up to the pulpit on Sunday morning, he revealed that the talk he would proceed to give was prepared before his wife’s passing on October 1, 2018, after battling many health problems, including Alzheimer's.
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September 25, 2018 12:48 PM MDT
We need not be guilty of serious sin in order to need, to appreciate, and to take advantage of a second chance. In fact, sometimes we may find ourselves hoping for a second chance that has nothing to do with sin at all. How many times have we made innocent mistakes—not out of rebellion but just out of ignorance or poor judgment—and wished we could try again? How often has a misunderstanding led to a strained relationship, and we wished we could go back in time to do things differently?
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September 13, 2018 03:59 PM MDT
Grief and heartbreak are a part of life. We have all experienced loss in one way or another, but that doesn’t soften the blow when we lose a loved one or experience tragedy.
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August 30, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow. But if He knows I am going to do so-and-so, how can I be free to do otherwise?
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August 21, 2018 12:13 PM MDT
When discussing the purpose of life, we often hear the mantra “we are here to be tested,” but how many of us cringe at that thought? So few of us want to feel like a kid again sitting in a classroom taking a test on things we don’t remember, we don’t understand, and we can’t leave until we finish. Comparing life to a test can be a downer and not the inspirational mantra that it should be. But if we look at life as a lesson we learn from over and over again as more things become clear, we can gain the inspiration we need to improve. We didn’t learn algebra before we learned addition. Life can be viewed as a continual learning process, not the end test. It’s more about what we are learning and becoming than about having all the right answers.
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August 01, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Brent L. Top and Wendy C. Top's Beyond Death's Door: Understanding Near-Death Experiences in Light of the Restored Gospel.
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July 26, 2018 12:32 PM MDT
Some years ago, while renewing my temple recommend (with a member of my stake presidency), I was asked the last of the recommend questions, which at that time read: “Do you consider yourself worthy in every way to enter the temple?” I responded, with enthusiasm, “Absolutely!”—to which the good brother interviewing me appeared genuinely shocked. I felt as though I had actually made him uncomfortable, perhaps more so than if I had confessed some serious transgression.
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By  Zack Oates
July 23, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
My grandma was in a coma for nearly 10 days. She had flatlined a few times and doctors said that things were not looking good.
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July 21, 2018 12:39 PM MDT
Although Latter-day Saints are among the best people I know, they are also among the most self-critical. Too often we work hard to improve and repent and then fail to fully claim the “amazing grace” of Jesus Christ. As a psychologist and as a Church member, I’ve struggled to help clients, missionaries, friends, and colleagues let go of excessive self-blame and like themselves again.
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July 20, 2018 06:17 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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July 20, 2018 01:51 PM MDT
Eternal life is the promise that death is not the end, that there is life after death. It’s the promise that both my body and this world can continue after death in the presence of God. And this promise matters. As Paul says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19). But the reverse is also true. If for the next life only I have hope in Christ, I am also lost. By itself, even the glory of an eternal life is not enough.
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July 18, 2018 01:56 PM MDT
Al was told in a priesthood blessing, right when we got married, that the temple should be our centerpiece. A centerpiece is pretty self-explanatory: it is placed in the center and everything else is placed and works around it. In that same blessing, we were told that we should have a picture of a temple in every room of our house, even the bathrooms, to help us be mindful of the temple when we weren’t inside its walls. With the help of Deseret Book and pass-along cards, we listened.
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July 10, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
Brigham Young was a man well acquainted with life and death.
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By  LDS Living
June 27, 2018 12:16 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we have access to so many inspiring and comforting accounts of what awaits us after death. Not only have Church leaders given detailed accounts of what that next life will bring, but we have the Plan of Salvation that shows the overarching purpose to it all. And sprinkled among our Church doctrine are many personal accounts of people who have actually seen and experienced that other world.
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June 13, 2018 09:20 AM MDT
I’ve always been a very committed kind of person. If I tell you I’ll do a project, it will be finished. If I accept a calling, I will fulfill it to the best of my ability. This is what I’ve grown up being taught—to be a committed disciple, daughter, friend, sister, and spouse. I realize, however, that in a generation and society where people are more comfortable with the latest hairstyles, the current trends, or the most bizarre new dance moves to satisfy their need for change, terms “commitment” and “eternity” can sound pretty intimidating—even boring. This is especially true when it comes to marriage and family relationships.
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By  LDS Living
June 12, 2018 02:02 PM MDT
Beginning Friday, June 8, President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, and Sister Melanie T. Rasband met with members of the Church in Canada, speaking in Edmonton, Calgary, and Raymond over three consecutive days.
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By  John Gee
June 09, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
The end of the third chapter is the most quoted part of the Book of Abraham. In these few verses, Abraham is told about the preexistence. More than half of all citations of the Book of Abraham in the general conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a third of all citations of the Book of Abraham in the Church’s manuals are from the Book of Abraham’s discussion of the preexistence. For Later-day Saints, this is the most important part of the book.
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June 05, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
One of the most important lessons learned by those people who have glimpsed beyond the veil of death is what is most important and lasting in life. It often brings a radical reordering of their priorities in mortality. These glimpses into the spirit world remind us that one of the greatest blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that we know which things matter most; what our eternal priorities should be. . . .
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May 26, 2018 02:27 PM MDT
In 1981, a Gallup poll reported, “Nearly one-third of all Americans—or about 47 million people—have had what they call a religious or mystical experience. Of this group, about 15 million report an otherworldly feeling of union with a divine being. They describe such things as special communications from deceased people or divine beings, visions of unusual lights, and out-of-body experiences.”1
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May 19, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
I have only three memories of my grandfather Wilbur Yelvington. One was that he was going to bald. If I stood on my tiptoes, I could see the back of his head when he relaxed in his favorite chair after work. Yup. There was the bald spot.
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April 30, 2018 02:32 PM MDT
Mormon Newsroom recently published this article sharing how we can help care for God's creations. As President Russell M. Nelson taught, “We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another.”
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April 19, 2018 07:21 PM MDT
After teaching his son Corianton concerning the journey of spirits—righteous and wicked—into the spirit world, Alma continued: "And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow" (Alma 40:12; italics added). We thus see that paradise is the abode of the righteous in the world of spirits, a "state of happiness," a place hereafter where the spirits of the faithful "expand in wisdom, where they have respite from all their troubles, and where care and sorrow do not annoy." 12
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April 14, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
This is the first in a two-part series excerpted from Brent L. Top's book, What's on the Other Side.
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April 06, 2018 01:21 PM MDT
As featured in a recent LDS Living video, "Do Mormons believe in dinosaurs?" is one of the most googled phrases about Mormon beliefs. And although there's no doctrinal stand on the matter, here's what one paleontologist has to say about why he, and BYU, studies dinosaurs.
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March 10, 2018 01:00 PM MST
This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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February 20, 2018 04:17 PM MST
Alexander James Marra was killed in an avalanche in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on Saturday when he was partially buried in the snow and experienced "obvious signs of trauma," officials reported.
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