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>Families Are Forever

>People of faiths other than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a hard time figuring out why it is they are so interested in family history, or genealogy as they might say. All people are subject to be “bitten” by the spirit of Elijah. But the LDS scriptorians have no trouble with this. They know that Jesus Christ is the God of this world, creator of the universe, acting with the authority given to him by his father, God the Father. His plan of happiness is eternal, and so are families.

Mormons know that there are eternal families, and families are forever. Families will be the only organization that will succeed into the eternities — not the parish, synagogue, congregation, branch, ward, stake or church as we know it. Eternal families will have priesthood and patriarchs, and will be governed by those kinds of councils. If we make it to the Celestial Kingdom, and even therein are three degrees of glory, we will subject ourselves to this kind of organization. Yes, we will be free to act — our agency will never be taken from us — but we will have purified ourselves to such an extent that we will want to be obedient to all the laws of heaven and, ultimately of course, to God’s holy will.

A newcomer to the Gospel of Jesus Christ might be flummoxed by the very first sentence in Doctrine & Covenants 76 which later verses tells about the three degrees of glory. Read with me that sentence which tells us that Jesus is God. That may sound confusing to non-members, but it is true. Christ is God of this world and created the world, with God the Father’s consent. He answers to God the Father always and is always obedient to God’s will. They are one in will, desire, goals, and purpose — but two distinct persons. We deal directly with Jesus Christ and he is our advocate with the Father. When we pray we pray to God — who is Jesus Christ in this instance. But the final power and say still belongs to God the Father. Jesus honors his Father and glorifies him in all things.

We are so fortunate to have a relationship with our savior and king, Jesus Christ. He is all forgiving and wonderful. I love him very much, realizing my own limitations and weaknesses. If we are contrite and come unto him, he is quick to foregive. Let us emulate him and be quick to forgive ourselves, but strive to do better.
The fact that Jesus has this relationship to and with God the father is what the Old Testament prophets believed, also. Here are the cross references to that statement.
In each case when these ancient scriptures say “the Lord is God” it is referring to Jesus Christ. Thus, Christ has many names and descriptions. He is the Lord and the Lord is king, judge, the almighty God, the prince of peace, the king of kings, the great “I Am”, the mediator with God the Father, our savior, our elder brother. Wow! So many names. So many duties. So magnificient. He is the literal Son of God, born into this earth with divine attributes to accomplish a supernal mission. He lived a perfect life, so he and only he could accomplish what he did — overcoming the sin of man if they would reptent and come unto him, and regardless of whether men come unto him and live worthy of him he has become the “first fruits of the resurrection” and made it possible for all men, regardless of religion, race, or righteousness, to live again; to take up an immortal body and to be placed in a kingdom, one that they deserved by their righteousness or lack thereof.

THE
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
SECTION 76

  1 aHear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is bGod, and beside him there is cno dSavior.

Footnotes
1a
Isa. 1: 2.

  2 aHear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have brebelled against me.
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Josh. 22: 34.

  34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is aGod.
Jer. 10: 10.

  10 But the Lord is the true aGod, he is the bliving God, and an everlasting cking: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his dindignation.
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Ex. 8: 10 (8-10).

  10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is anone blike unto the cLord our God.
1 Kgs. 8: 60.

  60 That all the people of the earth may aknow that the Lord is bGod, and that there is cnone else.
Isa. 43: 11.

  11 I, even I, am the Lord; and abeside me there is no bsaviour.
Hosea 13: 4.

  4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no agod but me: for there is no bsaviour cbeside me.
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