For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).
The Plan of Happiness25961_000_017
Many people want to know where they came from, why they are here, and where they are going. Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness answers these questions.
Before we were born, we all lived together in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We learned and grew as much as we could. But eventually Heavenly Father gathered all His children in a council and told us that to become like Him, we must leave heaven for a time. He would create an earth for us, He would give us the freedom to choose between good and evil, and He would show us the way to know what is good. He would provide a Savior so that when we sinned, we could repent and still return to Him.
We came to earth to gain a body and walk by faith. We can’t remember our home in heaven, but we can choose the right by following the example of Jesus, obeying our parents, and living My Gospel Standards.
After we die, we will all live again because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He overcame death through the Resurrection, and everyone will be resurrected. He also overcame sin, and those who have faith, repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and keep the commandments will return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They will have the gift of eternal life, which is what the plan of happiness is all about.
Plan of Salvation Booklet
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Illustrated by Julie F. Young
Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness for Me (See Moses 1:39.) We lived in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before we were born. (See Abr. 3:22–26.) An earth was created. (See Moses 2:1–3:3.) Adam and Eve and the Fall were a part of Heavenly Father’s plan. (See Moses 4:6–5:12.) Jesus Christ came to earth. He is our Savior; He overcame the Fall. Because of Him, we can live again. (See Abr. 3:27–28.) Coming to a family is part of Heavenly Father’s plan. (See paragraphs 1–4 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102.) We will all die, and because of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected. (See Alma 11:42–45.) When we follow the example of Jesus Christ, we can inherit the celestial kingdom. (See D&C 76:50–70.)
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Sharing Time Ideas
(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Use a sing-a-story (see TNGC, pp.
We show our love for Heavenly Father by treating His creations with reverence. Teach the children to protect the resources of the earth by not wasting or littering and by respecting property. Children can care for and be kind to animals. In a timed activity, ask the children to name as many ideas as possible of ways we use or ways we take care of water, the earth, or animals. Sing the second verse of “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.” Bear testimony of the wonderful gift of this beautiful earth.
2. As part of Heavenly Father’s plan, He provided a Savior to redeem us so we could live with Him again. Help the children memorize the third article of faith (see TNGC, pp.
For younger children: Recite the third article of faith, and teach the principle of obedience. Around a portrait of Christ, place other pictures showing Christ as a baby in the stable, being baptized, loving children, and giving His life for us. These pictures show Jesus Christ being obedient to His Father. Ask the children to think of something they can do to be obedient. Pass a beanbag as you sing “Quickly I’ll Obey” (p. 197). When the music stops, have the child with the beanbag name or pantomime one thing he or she can do to be obedient. Repeat as time permits.
3. Help the children memorize Moses 1:39 (see TNGC, pp.
Premortal life: Abr. 3:22–26; D&C 138:55–56;
4. Using GAK pictures
Divide the Primary into three groups. Ask the first group to think of ways to keep the commandments at home, the second to think of ways to keep the commandments at school, and the third to think of ways to keep the commandments at church. Pick one child from each group to draw on the chalkboard one thing they can do to keep the commandments. They must complete their drawings while the children sing a verse of
5. Song Presentation: “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (pp. 164–65). Divide the chalkboard or a large sheet of paper in half. On one side write “My Life,” and provide a picture or drawing for each phrase in the first three lines (for example, “My life is a gift,” picture of gift; “My life has a plan,” simple drawing of house; “My life has a purpose; in heav’n it began,” Primary picture packet 3-3). Put the pictures up next to “My Life” in random order. On the other side of the board, write “I Will,” and provide pictures for each phrase in the rest of the song. Post them in random order next to “I Will.” Have the children look at the pictures on the first half of the board and listen as you sing the first line. Let them choose the pictures that illustrate that line and put them in order. Sing the first line together. Repeat this with the first three lines. Repeat the activity with the lines that begin with “I will.” Sing the song all the way through. You can repeat the song as you remove pictures, or mix them up again and have the children put them in order. Encourage the children to sing this song with their families.
6. Friend references: “I Know God’s Plan,” June 2003, 33;