The plan of salvation is one of the greatest treasures of knowledge ever given to mankind because it explains the eternal purpose of life.
Let’s better understand the plan of salvation and apply that understanding in our daily lives. First, agency is essential. We understood and gratefully accepted the plan in premortality. Jesus Christ offered to be our Savior, to atone for our sins, and to be resurrected.
The earth was designed and created for those who accepted the Father’s plan. Here we obtain a body, are tested, and gain experience. Opposition comes through Satan’s temptations and our own weaknesses inherent in the human condition. We all commit sin, so the Father’s plan provides a Savior for us. Through His Atonement consequences of sin can be overcome and weaknesses turned into strength.
We can qualify for eternal life only through obedience to the commandments. We must receive all essential priesthood ordinances and endure to the end keeping our covenants. We will be rewarded eternally according to our faith, repentance, thoughts, desires, and works.
We apply the plan in our lives by making decisions consistent with eternal truth. Some examples are:
Marriage is between a man and a woman. The sealing ordinance enables us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Weaknesses or tendencies are temporary. The true source of our identity is as sons and daughters of God. We can become perfected through the Savior’s Atonement.
No blessing will be denied the faithful.
The key to our success in our premortal life was our support of the Father’s plan. It is likewise the key to our success in mortal life. Stand in support of the plan with love. It is an expression of God’s love for us.
As we daily apply our knowledge of the plan, we will face our challenges with greater faith and press forward with the sure, bright, resplendent hope of eternal life.
- Richard G. Scott, “How to Live Well amid Increasing Evil,” Ensign, May 2004, 100.
- D. Todd Christofferson, “Why Marriage, Why Family,” Ensign, May 2015, 52.