OUR FATHER’S PLAN
THE PATH OF PERFECTION
THE HEAVENLY WAY OF HAPPINESS
Our Heavenly Father is the First Source and Center. He has all power and all knowledge but he is more...he is a loving Father whose son has created the Universe filled it with millions of planets where mortals can receive life and experience an opportunity to choose the Heavenly way.
Our Heavenly Father has sent his spirit to indwell each normal mortal mind.
His Son has sent a duplicate of his Spirit of Truth to be with each mortal to help them remember his teaching during his bestowal mission on our earth as Jesus the Christ.
The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost- has given each mortal a mind and the spirit enfolds each as the guardian seraphim guard and guide us. We are not alone in our earth experience, we have many unseen helpers.
Free agency is paramount in the universes. Each mortal can choose or refuse the Universal Father’s gift of Eternal life. As a human being, the experiences and choices we make provide us with an educational experience. It is an opportunity to live an abundant earth life but also to prepare for the life we may have after this earth life.
We learn from Revelation that all our schooling is under the direction of what is called the Melchizedek priesthood, or power of God, so after this life I visualize we will be attending Melchizedek University. Even the Church that bears His name (which is a religious school on this earth) was organized by that authority and all worthy men are given the power of the Melchizedek priesthood, and the worthy women share in that power.
Our mortal experience may vary according to our circumstances and the brain we inherited, so our earth experience may be a preschool experience, intermediate, or high school experience for us.
It doesn’t matter, as our Father has a plan for each and every one of us.
If we wish to take the honors program which will prepare us for Melchizedek University after our mortal life is over, revelation has given us guide lines as to what we need to experience.
In our Universities on earth we are required to take a certain number of classes in several different schools in order to receive our diploma to graduate.
Likewise, Revelation suggests there are classes we should take in 12 different schools to prepare us for Melchizedek University that we will attend after our earthly life.
1st THE SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL BODIES
From birth to death, experiencing a physical body and how to care for it. Learning to discipline our mind and achieve mental harmony. Willing for the Spirit to adjust then change and finally control our mind that we may live a righteous and noble life. “Self mastery is the measure of man’s moral nature and indicator of his spiritual development.”(1609)
2nd THE SCHOOL OF MARRIAGE COMPANIONSHIP
Marriage, with children and consequent family life, is stimulative of the highest potentials in human nature”…(941) Learning to work together, doing the problem solving in a family experience, learning to celebrate differences, learning to laugh at our mistakes and to forgive and never giving up on each other are all important for us to truly experience joy in marriage. It is also essential for us to bond and benefit from the disciplines derived from physical intimacy. (516) “Marriage is honorable and is to be desired by all men.” (1839)
3rd THE SCHOOL OF PARENTING
Childbirth, nurturing, training, disciplining, problem solving, anchoring with love, launching with courage and giving children the tools to rise above all the difficulties and challenges of life. Time equals Love. Rearing children is an essential experience required of all men and women on earth. “No mortal can progress without having passed through that sublime experience of achieving parental relationship to an evolving child.” “It is fundamental for all ascenders.” (516) “It is the divine will that men and women should find their highest service and consequent joy in the establishment of homes for the reception and training of children, in the creation of whom these parents become copartners with the Makers of heaven and earth.” 1839)
4th THE SCHOOL OF RELATIONSHIPS
The more we know and understand others the more we will love them. (1118) Learning to work together in harmony and overcoming prejudice and jealousy and being judgmental is of prime importance in our earth experience. Learning to forgive others as we would desire to be forgiven for our errors, evils and sins. It comes down to understanding and learning to love everyone as our brothers and sisters.
5th THE SCHOOL OF LEARNING
Learning language, history, science, astronomy, mathematics, engineering, philosophy, religion, the arts and so forth, as “the purpose of education should be the acquirement of skill, pursuit of wisdom, realization of selfhood and attainment of spiritual values.” (806)
Realizing that intellectual growth should be in balance with spiritual growth. We should eventually develop a love of study and learning.
6th THE SCHOOL OF RECREATION
Learning to have a balanced life - the importance of rest and recreation, play, humor, and diversion. “Worship—contemplation of the spiritual—must alternate with service… Work should alternate with play; religion should be balanced by humor. Profound philosophy should be relieved by rhythmic poetry. The strain of living—the time tension of personality—should be relaxed by the restfulness of worship. The feelings of insecurity … should be antidoted by the faith contemplation of the Father …. “ (1616)
7th THE SCHOOL OF ENRICHMENT AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT
Experiences in art, music, drama, dance and sports are some of the ways that we can develop the many talents that we have been given.
Writing and sharing enriches many generations. The computer has changed our lives and given us opportunities to share on the world wide web in emails, blogs, and websites. We are able to share the written word, video, photos, art, music and ebooks that will enrich thousands and eventually millions of lives.
8th THE SCHOOL OF CHURCH ACTIVITY/RELIGION/THE ART OF LIVING
Learning the good news that Jesus taught and then teaching and fellowshipping others will bring great joy.
Feasting upon the scriptures/revelations, learning and growing to love the things God loves, will bring us to ultimately choose to do our Father’s will and to make our life a work of art.
9th THE SCHOOL OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITY, LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Every day we are given the opportunity to be our best, to be leaders at home and in the work place, to be responsible and to give an honest days work. Whether through earning a living, taking care of the children, or in volunteer services, as we function in groups it will help us to have a growing sense of responsibility that we may learn to be leaders. We also need to learn to have respect for righteous authority on this earth, as preparation for respect and love of the Universe administration and our Heavenly Father.
10th THE SCHOOL OF SERVICE, FRIENDSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD
Learning to be kind and tolerant of others, regardless of race, religion, differences of opinion, or personality--- combined with service ---will bring about the “Brotherhood of Man. Unselfish service develops altruism and the more we understand others the more we will love them and be able to develop enriching friendships. (1118)
11th THE SCHOOL OF PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with GOD - THE FATHER, SON & SPIRIT
With free will, as we choose to live righteously with no desire for error, evil, sin or iniquity, we will come to know our Heavenly Father in a very personal journey.
First we must make time for him in our thoughts, in our prayers, in our day, then we must learn to be still and to receive his promptings and learn to listen. The more we love God the more we will know Him. (1118 )
We will desire to choose the ‘Paradise Path of Perfection’.
12th THE SCHOOL OF ADVERSITY, AFFLICTIONS, TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, FAILURE, DISAPPOINTMENT, SUFFERING, PAIN, DEATH OF OTHERS AND FINALLY OUR OWN DEATH
Adversity is never easy. Jesus gave a talk on “the mission of adversity and the spiritual value of disappointment,” 1688) but, it was not recorded,---because we can each receive the understanding of that ‘mission’, in an individualized gift.
Our Father wants us to eventually learn to” feast upon uncertainty, to fatten upon disappointment, to enthuse over apparent defeat, to invigorate in the presence of difficulties, to exhibit indomitable courage in the face of immensity, and to exercise unconquerable faith when confronted with the challenge of the inexplicable. " 291
Gaining wisdom from failures, receiving spiritual lessons from adversities, learning from disappointment, all of these develop patience/love, courage, hope, faith, trust, and a love of truth and of our Heavenly parents. Those are the gifts we receive if we turn to God for strength and choose the Heavenly Way, His Paradise Path of Perfection