“Whosoever Shall Do the Will of the Father”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 25–26


Theme

Through obedience to the commandments, we choose Christ as our Father and become his sons and his daughters.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Those who reject Jesus Christ choose Satan as their father.

  • B.

    We can choose Christ as our father through obedience to the commandments.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Matthew 8:5-13; 11:2-30; 12:22-50; Mark 3:22-35; Luke 7:1-50; 8:1-3; 19-21

Course Manual

Chapter 9, “Whosoever Shall Do the Will of the Father”

Standard Works

Hebrews 12:9. To whom does Paul refer when he says, “fathers of our flesh”? Who is the Father of Spirits?

D&C 84:31-34. In what ways are faithful priesthood bearers the sons of Moses and Aaron?

Moses 6:68. How may the spirit children of God also become his eternal sons and daughters?

Mosiah 5:7-10. What is taught here about those who are begotten by Jesus Christ as sons and daughters unto God?

D&C 29:43-45. From whom do men receive “wages”?

Alma 5:38-42. How does one become a “child” of either God or the devil?

Basic Library

Teachings, pp. 51-52. How are we made equal with God in all the affairs of his kingdom?

Teachings, p. 331. Must we obey all the ordinances to be exalted?

Teachings, pp. 346-47. What is the process of progressing to exaltation?

DS, 2:35-57. How can we become the sons of God?

Jesus the Christ, pp. 265-80. How did Jesus use the blasphemous charges of the scribes and Pharisees to teach the doctrine of becoming sons and daughters of God?

Additional Sources

Joseph Fielding Smith, Take Heed to Yourselves, pp. 345-48

Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, pp. 243-44

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Discussion and Scripture Analysis

  • A.

    The teacher may wish to challenge the students’ grasp of the scripture by referring to Matthew 12:46-50. Was Jesus rejecting his mother, Mary, and the rest of his family?

    How were his disciples, his mother, and brethren? Which family relationship was Jesus emphasizing here, physical or spiritual?

    Does family status as a result of physical birth guarantee us eternal life?

Who Is Your Father?

An interesting discussion can be had with the students by using John 8:31-44 and talking about spiritual and physical parenthood. The following questions are suggestive of some that could be used to stimulate the discussion:

  1. 1.

    What does being a physical child of someone imply? (They have begotten us. We are dependent to some degree on their help and sustenance. We have their name. We feel motivated to be obedient to them. Others.)

  2. 2.

    How is becoming a son of God related to the sacramental covenant to take the name of Christ upon us?

  3. 3.

    Why does the Savior suggest that some Jews were children of Satan? Had they been “spiritually begotten” by the devil? What evidence is there for your answer?

  4. 4.

    Suppose one could, at the present, be thought of as being “a child of the devil.” By what steps can he change his “parenthood,” i.e., become a son or daughter of God?

Scripture Analysis of the Doctrine of Becoming Sons and Daughters of God

As you consider this doctrine, the following passages of scripture may be helpful:

  • 2 Nephi 2:26, 27. According to the prophet Lehi, we are free to make only one of two choices. What are these two choices? If we choose not to follow the Redeemer, to whom will we be subject?

  • Romans 6:16-18. As we choose to obey the laws of righteousness, whose servants do we become?

  • D&C 84:35-38. How can we receive Jesus Christ into our lives? What does it mean to receive his servants?

  • Luke 10:16. How can we choose Christ and, in turn, choose God as our father?

  • Mosiah 27:23-27. How can we become the sons and daughters of God?

  • Mosiah 5:7, 8. How is Jesus Christ also our father? As we become the children of Christ, are we then worthy to become a joint-heir with him of all that the Father has?