LDS Lane · Jun 28, 2014

Family Home Evening Series: Plan of Salvation

I have 3 kids and Family Home Evening has to be fun and entertaining to hold their attention. So, I recreated this Plan of Salvation story board from my days as an LDS missionary. My kids love it and so will yours. In fact, it's great for missionaries, primary teachers. etc. This printable is perfect for anyone needing to teach the Plan of Salvation very simply.

Print out the pages, color and assemble. I printed out the one with the boy on vellum (cloudy/clear paper) so he could represent the spirit child.

Printables here:

Page 1 (Boy)

Page 1 (Girl)

Page 2

Page 3

Scripture: ALMA 22:13 {Aaron is teaching King Lamoni's Father about the Plan of Salvation.}

"And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam, laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name."
Song: I KNOW MY FATHER LIVES (Children's Songbook, pg 5)

We lived before we were born. We lived with our Heavenly Father as spirits. We are his literal spirit children! We wanted to become like him. So our Heavenly Father presented a plan for us to come to Earth and gain a body and experience.
Abraham 3:22-25 "many noble and great ones..."
Doctrine & Covenants 93:29 - "Man was also in the beginning with God."
Act 17:29 -"offspring of God."
Jeremiah 1:5 - "before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee..."
“You elected to have this earth experience as part of His plan for you. The prophets call it ‘the plan of mercy,’ ‘the eternal plan of deliverance,’ ‘the plan of salvation,’ and yes, ‘the great plan of happiness.’ You were taught this plan before you came to earth and there rejoiced in the privilege of participating in it” (Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov. 1996, 73).

When we chose to come to Earth we passed through a "veil of forgetfulness" and we have no memories of our premortal existence. Even though we don't remember our pre-earth life, we can still feel our Heavenly Father near. The Holy Ghost let's us feel of the love of our Father and Jesus Christ.

How grateful we should be that a wise Creator fashioned an earth and placed us here, with a veil of forgetfulness of our previous existence, so that we might experience a time of testing, an opportunity to prove ourselves, and qualify for all that God has prepared for us to receive.(President Thomas S Monson, April 1988 General Conference)

When we came to Earth we got a physical body made in the image of our Heavenly Father. During our time on earth we make choices and distinguish right from wrong. We gain happiness and become more like our Heavenly Father when we make good choices.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, made it possible for us to repent and overcome bad choices through His Atonement.

2 Nephi 2:25 - Men are that they might have joy.Genesis 2:7 - God formed man.1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - Your body is a temple.Alma 12:24 - This life is a time to prepare to meet God
“We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior he asked to go into the herd of swine, showing that he would prefer a swine’s body to having none.
“All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not” (Smith, Teachings, 181).
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven” (Orson F. Whitney, in Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, 98).

When our Earth life is over, our body and spirit separate; this is called physical death. Death is an essential part of Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. In order to become like our Eternal Father, we must experience death and later receive perfect, resurrected bodies. Our spirit goes to the Spirit World and our bodies go to the grave. The Spirit World is divided into two parts: Spirit Paradise and Spirit Prison. Here we help teach the gospel to those who haven't received it yet. We also wait in the Spirit World for the resurrection.

Moses 6:48 - Because of the Fall, we all die.
2 Nephi 9:6 - Death will come to all men.
Alma 40:11-14 - Spirits of all men are taken home to that great God who gave them life; Spirit world.
1 Peter 4:6 - Gospel preached to those in the Spirit World
Doctrine and Covenants 138 - A vision given to Joseph F Smith concerning the Spirit World
President Ezra Taft Benson said: “Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 18; or Ensign, June 1971, 33)

We will all be resurrected; our body and spirit will come back together never to be divided. We will then stand at the judgement bar to be judged for our faithfulness and good choices/deeds upon the Earth.

Doctrine & Covenants 138:17 - spirit and body united, never again to be divided.
Revelation 1:18 - Christ holds the keys to hell and death.
Revelation 20:12 - Judged out of the Book of Life
Doctrine & Covenants 137:9 - Judged according to our works and desires
Matthew 12:36-37 - We will be judged by our words
The “lively hope” we are given by the resurrection is our conviction that death is not the conclusion of our identity but merely a necessary step in the destined transition from mortality to immortality. This hope changes the whole perspective of mortal life. The assurance of resurrection and immortality affects how we look on the physical challenges of mortality, how we live our mortal lives, and how we relate to those around us (Dallin H Oaks, April 2000 Conference)."
“Every one of you … must stand before ‘the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel … and then must … be judged according to the holy judgment of God.’ (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee(2000), 226–27)."
“First, I speak of the final judgment. This is that future occasion in which all of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to our works. (Dallin H Oaks, CES Fireside May 1, 1998)."

At our final judgement, we will inherit a place in God's kingdom for which we are prepared. There are 3 degrees of glory: Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom, Telestial Kingdom. If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, to live with our Heavenly Father in eternal families. Exaltation is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father can give His children. {The gold boy is the exalted mortal.}

(See D&C 76 for in depth explanation of the 3 Degrees of Glory)

Doctrine & Covenants 14:7 - Gift of Eternal Life to the Faithful1 Corinthians 15:40-41 - Degrees of glory compared to sun, moon and starsDoctrine & Covenants 76:70 - Celestial Glory seen in visionDoctrine & Covenants 76:71 - Terrestrial Gory seen in visionDoctrine & Covenants 76:80 - Telestial Glory seen in vision
“Each of you will be judged according to your individual works and the desires of your hearts. … Your eventual placement in the celestial, terrestrial, or telestial kingdom will not be determined by chance. The Lord has prescribed unchanging requirements for each. You can know what the scriptures teach and pattern your lives accordingly” (Russell M Nelson in Conference Report, Oct. 1993, 48; or Ensign, Nov. 1993, 35).

  • Quick Summary:

    “At one time we were in the presence of our Eternal Father. There is not a soul in this room, not one, that has not seen him. You do not remember it, I do not remember it, but nevertheless there was a time before we ever came into this world when we dwelt in his presence. We knew what kind of a being he is. One thing we saw was how glorious he is. Another thing, how great was his wisdom, his understanding, how wonderful was his power and his inspiration. And we wanted to be like him. And because we wanted to be like him, we are here. We could not be like him and stay in his presence, because we did not have glorious bodies of flesh and bones. We were just spirits, and the spirit does not have flesh and bones. But we saw him in his glory and it was made known to us that by keeping his commandments and observing every covenant that would be given to us on this earth, we could come back again into his presence, receiving our bodies in the resurrection from the dead—our spirits and bodies being united again, inseparably, never again to be divided.
    “If we will just be true and faithful to every covenant, to every principle of truth that he has given us, then after the resurrection we would come back into his presence and we would be just like he is. We would have the same kind of bodies—bodies that would shine like the sun” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Take Heed to Yourselves! 345).

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