Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guess what's in the middle of the new Plan of Salvation diagram? And an invitation for you.

Plan of Salvation fun with sidewalk chalk!

Before I introduced a new plan of salvation diagram, our seminary class divided into groups, spread out, and drew plans of salvation outside. 

This was a funny moment. Just as our chalk artists were finishing their masterpiece, a huge garbage truck drove into the parking lot. One student noticed how the garbage truck smeared their plan of salvation to last "forever," just like it does in life.  

Our seminary students did a wonderful job!  

Then I introduced a new plan of salvation model. 

1. We all start in God's presence, come to earth (mortality) to gain a body, experience, and progress. 

2. In mortality, we experience two obstacles that prevent us from exaltation or eternal life in God's presence. They are sin and death. 

3. Heavenly Father sent a way for us to overcome these two obstacles -- the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. His Atonement has three parts: 
    • Gethsemane
    • Crucifixion
    • Resurrection

4. There are actions we must take to utilize the power of Christ's Atonement. These things include to have faith, repent, obey, ordinances like baptism, receive the Holy Ghost, endure to the end, and others. We cannot earn our way back to heaven, because Christ's Atonement and grace are the power that cleanse us and allow us back. But we are required to reach out and take action to invite Christ's Atoning power to cleanse and change us, to help make us worthy to live with God again. 

5. The last part is the ultimate goal. We return to live in God's presence again, eternal life with eternal families. That is the real living happily ever after. 

Here is a fantastic talk by Julie Beck about how the doctrine of the family is the reason for the plan of salvation. It changed the way I taught institute and it is changing the way I now teach seminary. 

Notice what is in the center of the plan of salvation?

Jesus Christ's Atonement. 

He is the power behind the whole plan. Without the Savior's Atonement, the plan wouldn't work. 

Someone noticed that the diagram looks like a big can. When we open the can of the Savior's Atonement it makes the whole plan of happiness work in our lives. 

I invite you... teach this new, simpler plan of salvation diagram in your next family home evening. You could use sidewalk chalk, poster board, or paper.  Feel free to let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below.  


Megan said...

Oh, I love it! Thanks for sharing this. We've had FHE lessons using the old circles and lines diagram, but we need to teach this one now -- I love how it gives the Plan of Happiness a focus instead of just a generic map.

Becky Edwards said...

Megan, I love it too! It really anchors in the concept that Christ's Atonement is the power behind the whole plan. Without the Atonement, the plan would NOT work.