For the faithful, our Father’s plan is happiness, eternal life | Worship

By Bishop Gordon Nishimoto | Mar 29, 2017

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” The saying has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

All of us plan for many things in our lives. We plan to get an education; we plan to raise a family; we plan for retirement. All these things are important.

But, what’s the most important thing for us to plan for? Why are we here? What’s the purpose of our lives? Wouldn’t it be a sad thing if we went through our entire lives and never even knew what the plan was for us down here?

On one occasion, I was out hiking with a young man who had recently lost his father to cancer. After we summited a small mountain, we sat down to rest. Looking over the world, as it seemed, the boy asked me, “Do you think I’ll see my dad again?” I answered, “Of course you will! Our Father, who created this incredible world, most definitely has a plan, and families are right in the center of it."

A beautiful document entitled “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” states, “In the pre-mortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life” (Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).

With these words in mind, the scripture from John makes even more sense. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Holy Bible John 3:16).

I explained to the young man that a portion of Heavenly Father’s plan was to come down to this earth to receive a physical body and another part was to be tested, to see if we would follow our Father’s commandments.

Elder David Bednar, a modern day Apostle, explains, “The Father’s plan is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him with resurrected, exalted bodies. Lucifer labors to make the sons and daughters of God confused and unhappy and to hinder their eternal progression.

“The overarching intent of the father of lies is that all of us become ‘miserable like unto himself’ (2 Nephi 2:27), and he works to distort the elements of the Father’s plan he hates the most.”

Life isn’t easy, but there is a plan and there is a way to have happiness. We all will experience both peace and conflict, joy and sorrow, birth and death. How are we going to spend our time? How are we going to fulfill our purpose for being here?

President Thomas S. Monson, a modern prophet, has said, “Time passes quickly. Many parents say that it seems like yesterday that their children were born. Now those children are grown, perhaps with children of their own.

“‘Where did the years go?’ they ask. We cannot call back time that is past, we cannot stop time that now is, and we cannot experience the future in our present state. Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present” (Dedication Day, Ensign,Nov. 2000, 66).

 

Bishop Gordon Nishimoto is a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mukilteo. The Mormon church is at 11001 Harbour Point Blvd. For more information, go to www.lds.org.

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