Chapter 3: Our Savior

"Chapter 3: Our Savior," Part One: Our Life in Heaven with God, ()


Who is the one person who can guide us back to our Father in Heaven? Why should we follow Him?

We Needed a Leader

Our Father in Heaven knew that while we were on earth we would not remember our life with Him. We would not know the things we needed to do to return to Him. He also knew we would sin. Because of our sins, we would be punished by being separated from Him forever. And when we died, we would not have our bodies of flesh and bones anymore.

We would need someone to help us with these problems. This person would teach us what we would have to do to return to our Father in Heaven. He would help us overcome the wrong things we would do. He would also make a way for us to have our bodies of flesh and bones again after we die. This person would be called our Savior. Only He could save us from the punishment for the things we would do wrong. Only He could help us learn to be obedient to our Father in Heaven. Only He could make it possible for us to have our bodies of flesh and bones again after death.

Discussion

  • What are some of the problems our Father in Heaven knew we would meet on the earth?

  • Why do we need a Savior to help us?

Our Father in Heaven Chose Jesus to Be Our Savior

Our Father in Heaven loves us, and He knew we would need help. He knew we would be very sad if we could not have bodies of flesh and bones and could not return to live with Him forever. We needed someone to help us. Our Father in Heaven wanted someone to be our Savior. Two of our brothers offered to be our Savior.

Our oldest brother, Jesus, asked our Father in Heaven to send Him. He said He would follow our Father in Heaven’s plan. He would come to the earth and teach us the things that we would need to do to return to our Father in Heaven. He would die to pay for the wrong things we did. He would also make it possible for us to live again after we die. He would allow us to choose for ourselves to obey or not to obey our Father in Heaven.

Jesus knew that it would be important for us to choose for ourselves the things we would do. If someone forced us to obey, we could not learn and become like our Father in Heaven. Jesus wanted our Father in Heaven to have all the glory and honor.

Satan, who was called Lucifer, also asked our Father in Heaven to choose him to be our Savior. He said he would come to earth and force us to do what we should do. He said that none of us would be lost. He would not allow us to choose for ourselves. As his reward, he wanted all the glory and honor our Father in Heaven had.

Because our Father in Heaven loves us, He chose Jesus to be our Savior. For this reason, Jesus is often called Jesus Christ. Christ means chosen by our Father in Heaven to be the Savior. Our Father in Heaven chose Jesus rather than Satan because our Father in Heaven did not want us to lose our right to choose for ourselves. He knew we must do good things because we want to, not because someone forces us to.

Discussion

  • What did Jesus want to do for us?

  • What did Satan want to do?

  • Why did our Father in Heaven choose Jesus to be our Savior?

Jesus Is Our Savior and Leader

When our Father in Heaven chose Jesus, Satan became very angry. He persuaded one-third of the spirits in heaven to follow him. Together they fought against Jesus and His followers. They wanted to force our Father in Heaven to accept Satan’s plan. Our Father in Heaven made Satan and his followers leave heaven.

Satan and his followers will not receive bodies of flesh and bones. They will not be able to return and live with our Father in Heaven. Only those who accepted Jesus to be their Savior can have bodies of flesh and bones.

We know, because we have bodies of flesh and bones, that we accepted Jesus to be our Savior. We chose the right things in heaven. We should continue to choose the right things here on earth. We should follow Jesus. Only He can teach us how to return to our Father in Heaven. He can help us overcome the wrong things we do and help us learn to do good things until we become like our Father in Heaven.

Our Father in Heaven wants us to follow and obey Jesus. He knows that Jesus will always teach us our Father’s way of doing things, so when we obey Jesus we are also obeying our Father in Heaven. A commandment or message from Jesus is a commandment or message from our Father in Heaven also.

Discussion

  • How do we know that we chose Jesus to be our Savior?

  • Who is the only person who can show us how to return to our Father in Heaven?

  • Why should we follow Jesus?

References

We Needed a Leader

  • John 14:6 (Jesus is the one we must follow in order to return to our Father in Heaven.)

  • 1 Peter 2:21 (We must follow in Jesus Christ’s steps.)

  • 2 Nephi 31:13, 16 (If we follow the Savior’s example, we will be saved.)

Our Father in Heaven Chose Jesus to Be Our Savior

Jesus Is Our Savior and Leader