The Atonement and Fall: Part Two

Providing Agency For Man

For a message about the atonement and the fall, the atonement is the rectification of the breaking of a universal law, in which the outcome is known in general terms as, “the fall.” This atonement is also the blessing of the entire human family throughout all the eternities. So much of how we allow the atonement’s reach to be for us in the eternities, depends on our faithfulness according to the light and knowledge we have and receive here. In other words, we are to do the very best we can, with what we have and are given.

This fall, which started in the garden of Eden, made possible the birth of sin into this world, through disobedience and introducing an unhealthy substance to the bodies of Adam and Eve, namely, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

This poisoned fruit, coupled with their disobedience of the given commandment, introduced sin, and made their future sins to stick to and apply itself to their bodies, because in this state, they now understood the difference between good and evil, and could be fully accountable. Christ’s atonement would no longer be automatically applied to them because they ‘knew’ no sin in their previous innocent state. They would now have to actively supplicate and seek out the Lord and His forgiveness. 

Having deliberately disobeyed the Father, and partaking of this unhealthy food, they were then fallen, and this change allowed them to fully and actively exercise the gift of agency, which is the ability to do anything good in this fallen world, choosing the right.

Before the fall, Jesus’ forthcoming atonement covered them in any wrong choices they may have made unknowingly, because they were innocent, not comprehending the difference between right and wrong. Their choice to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a transgression, because they had been specifically told by God not to do it, even though they didn’t fully understand why. Therefore, partaking is called a transgression, rather than a sin, because they didn’t understand the difference between good and evil.

Such was their predicament in being innocent, without wisdom or knowledge. Therefore, Eve needed to partake of the fruit, and Adam also, to learn for themselves, and progress from grace to grace through the atonement of Jesus Christ. It was once they understood the opposites of right and wrong, that they could then learn from their mistakes, and repent of them.

As is stated in LDS doctrine, partaking of the fruit gave their bodies the ability to have children, through the effect the fall had on them. God, who is without sin, and who cannot create anything in sin, had to create them in this state of innocence, to then try them with the commandments to not partake of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, which would bring about sin, and a knowledge of sin for Adam and Eve, but also to multiply and replenish the earth.

Even as the atonement was already part of God’s plan before sending us to this earth, so too was the fall. Heavenly Father is not capable of sin, so He could not create Adam and Eve into a fallen state, to carry out His purposes for His children, which purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Truly this fall, which not only changed Adam and Eve by introducing eventual death to their bodies, and the ability to have seed, or children, it also changed the earth into a corruptible state, bringing about entropy and decay.

Christ is the rectification of this fall, using it to further the growth and potential of mankind, through turning something hard and sorrowful, into something good and meaningful, even glorious, by learning from our mistakes and repenting. So is this life.

Indeed, the Tree of Life planted in the garden of Eden was God’s pinnacle creation in the garden, in terms of plant life, and man, the pinnacle of his creation, even after the image and likeness of Himself and His Son Jesus Christ. The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was originally planted there by God as a fig tree, but through the evil influence of Satan and his devils, who were purposely cast down to earth, they wrought upon it, and it became unclean, thus unfit for Adam and Eve’s bodies to partake of.

There is always a little bit of bad to everything good, and a little bit of good to everything bad, so we know in the Garden of Eden, this had to be, for there is always opposition in all things. With a bit of bad to a greatness of good, or a lot of bad to a little of good, we know that all things must be a compound in one, for if not, it must needs be as dead or as naught. Our task is to choose the better part, or good.

The tree was there, and Satan cast down to earth by God, to start the process of earth life for His children, that they could suffer, have joy, learn, grow, have children, and progress, all toward the purpose of becoming more like Him.

The Atonement takes something which would by itself be the destruction of mankind (the fall), and raises mankind’s course upward into the celestial realms, where attainment to godhood is made possible. For as a child can become like their parents, so too can we, as literal children of our Father in Heaven, become like Him.

As was God’s plan in the beginning, He wanted us to be like Him, and to do this, we had to pass through mortality as He once had, walk in the path wrought out by our Savior through His holy atonement, and come unto Him, repent and keep His commandments.

With such a glorious gift as this, is it any wonder that those who understand this atonement and live by it, truly rejoice in their love and relationship with our Savior? Our Savior lives! He is the course of true joy and happiness! He understands all of us and our needs and concerns, and cares perfectly. How? Through the atonement. Because He experienced it. He also carries us, and lessens the burdens we carry, only to the degree we can bear, that we too can experience growth from trial. This is essential. We need to go to Him, and not try doing things by ourselves, for this truly is, the great plan of happiness!

Shane

The Traveler

A Daughter’s Journey

From Before to Beyond

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Beautiful Life, Ashes and Strife
Chapter Two: Returning to Separate
Chapter Three: Invasion, Persuasion – Casting Out Casts
Chapter Four: Fruitful Beginnings
Chapter Five: A Penitent Offering, A Great Divide Crossing

Chapter One
Beautiful Life, Ashes and Strife

We all lived in heaven, with everyone there, Father, Mother, brothers and sisters. We loved it there. So many friendly faces, so much to do.

I loved spending time with Father. He would hold me in His arms and say, “Sharloma, you are one of my special children, my precious daughter. One day you will be like me.”

“Be like you?” I would ask.

“Yes.” He would always say. This always gave me great comfort and joy. I wanted so much to be like my Father. He had a body that was so fascinating. He could feel, and generate warmth. Father also knew anything I would ask Him.

Then, one day, Father called a meeting for all to attend. Everyone came, to hear Father’s words, feel His love, and learn of His plan, the plan that everyone had begun talking about.

“Please listen everyone.” He began, “I have thought long and hard about how I might help you my children experience greater happiness. As you know, I have had the experience to have a body, and raise you my children. This has brought me much great joy. I so much want this for each of you, but there is only one way to do this, and the way is very hard.

“I will, however, give you your choice. You do not have to accept my plan for your happiness, but if you do not, you will find no other way to receive these great blessings.”

After telling us many things about the plan, its test, and our bodies, among other things, Father closed the meeting with sharing His beautiful personal testimony, and we all went back to our homes, praising His name.

It wasn’t long however, before I could hear some voices out on the street. Not knowing what was going on, I looked out my window and saw my brother Lucifer, talking with some of his friends. He was talking something about a better way. This bothered me.

“What better way could Lucifer know than Father?” I thought to myself.

Then, along came my closest friend of all my siblings, Jehovah.

“Let us not be confused.” He stated, “Our Father, is only giving us the only possible way, to obtain all the happiness and blessings He desires to give us.” He then looked at Lucifer and stated, “Brother, I hope we can work this out. I love you, and l want you to be happy. Please be more obedient to Father. He only wants what’s best for you.” Then He walked on.

The next day, we were all talking excitedly about the plan from last night, and we didn’t notice those from the street last night, go into the Gallery Social Hall, and begin their own meeting.

Later that day, Father called everyone back in, for more instruction on the plan, and to reveal important assignments. Everyone was there, including Lucifer, and those that had been with him.

As the meeting went on, some of us didn’t seem to be happy with what was being said. Some even appeared to be angry. Even a boy from my language class looked irritated.

I began to cry. “Why won’t they understand?”

Then I looked up, and saw my brother Jopana there, raising his hand to be permitted to speak.

Father called upon him and said, “Let us here from our musician, Jopana.”

Jopana then spoke, “Father, I just wanted to know, will we still have our families on this earth, as we have here?”

“Yes Jopana, you will have a family. I have given you the chance to pick who you want to be with, along with my guidelines for who will be best, and you can rest assured, that I will send you to where you need to go. Anything else Jopana?”

“No Father. Thank you.”

Then Lucifer stood up and spoke. “Friends and family,” he began, “I have discovered, that the plan of our Father, won’t bring everyone back home, in the way He promises. I have been thinking, and I believe that I have found a better way.”

Some of the others began to applaud. He continued, “I have come up with a plan, that will save all of us, but I must be the one who makes it all happen. What do you think Father?”

Father paused compassionately, and then stated to him, “Dearest Lucifer, I know that you are only trying to help, but this way is not in harmony with the laws of our eternal government. My plan, is one that will allow my children to appropriately choose their path. That is the only way to freedom, the freedom to choose the right.”

Then defeated, Lucifer sat down.

When the meeting was almost over, Jehovah stood up and spoke, and said, “I am in favor of our Father’s plan, and I will support Him in it, and do whatever He requires of me.”

Then we sang a song, and departed.

That night, and a little worried, I went over to visit my brother Jopana, who lived in the school housing at the music school. When he opened the door he looked very weary, but when he saw me, he lit up.

“Come in Sharloma! What’s going on?” he asked.

“Well, I’m sort of scared Jopana.”

“Scared Sharloma?”

“Yes. I don’t know what’s going on with everyone. Some people don’t like our Father’s plan.”

“I know how you feel.” said Jopana, “It’s kind of gotten me down a little too. I’ll tell you what, why don’t we go tomorrow, and ask Father what we should do, OK?”

“OK.”

“Now, how about we both go for a quick walk, as I take you home my sister?”

“OK Jopana, that sounds good.”

Chapter Two
Returning to Separate

My first thoughts as to what my stand in my plan was, that I be the chosen recipient of all the glory therein. I knew that many had already given me allegiance, and would support me in it, but I feared that I was not chosen.

Father’s plan was one that I could not accept, and so I then settled on the declaration, that I must be the first man in Father’s plan, to inhabit a physical body.

This of course, was denied, perhaps because of my own personal agenda in mind. I knew that Father knew all my intents, but I thought that maybe, if I could gather in enough support, that even He would support my plan as well. Well, I was wrong. He was completely against it, and commanded me to let go of all such ideas, but by then, it was too late. The state of my heart, and that of my followers, was one that would not back down, and so, we began the war, with me at the head, of one third of all heavenly beings.

Back in the quiet quarters of the Father’s room, He privately interviewed His son Jehovah, for the plan’s perpetuation.

“My dearly Beloved son, Thou who art most precious and sacred above all, this plan of Mine, is one that We have both known from the beginning. We have both worked together from the beginning of Your birth as my Son, to prepare You for this plan to come about. I have foreseen the end from the beginning, and I know all. I also know, that You are the very greatest of all, being my First Born, and birth right Son, and so Your love like Mine, is also endless.

“But the sacrifice of Yourself, for Your brothers and sisters, is above all that which You can comprehend, even until You have actually experienced it. You will be pained to the very center, from all eternity to all eternity. You must be completely innocent of all sin. Your sacrifice will include the pains of every kind, of all creations and their spirits, and all of My holy justice, with its punishments for sin.

“All of this will try You even to your very limit. You understand that this sacrifice will leave You with nothing left to give, for you must sacrifice all you have and are to complete it.

“Because of this, You are the only One set apart as My Lamb, and the example of My worthy will. With this experience, You will be enabled to truly redeem all mankind through their repentance and our grace.

“It is because of your begotten birth, and sinless life, that you will have the power to not die, but to voluntarily leave your body, commending yourself to Me. And because of this, you will then also be able to heal, and re-enter your body, through the resurrection ordinance. My power over life and death is given to You, that you may draw all mankind unto me, through the power of the resurrection, to be judged.

“Through your sacrifice, you will bring all to me to be judged, and for all who will repent and submit to Me, they must bring their own sacrifice of themselves and will, to become even as Me, as a God, thus fulfilling our plan, and My work and glory, to bring to pass the immortality, and eternal life of man.”

“Yes Father, I understand.”

“Now go my son, and encourage Michael and his forces to fight against the dragon of perdition. All will be well. I Love You.”

Chapter Three
Invasion, Persuasion – Casting Out Casts

“Now! Let’s go!” cries Lucifer, “We will destroy them all, and they will all bow to me!”

“Yes my prince!” Screamed Mohakim, Lucifer’s next in line of command, and most evil beside himself.

Lucifer and his captains, with all their forces, go forth in rage to destroy the Father, and all His glory.

“We are going to destroy all of them now!” shouts Lucifer, with his bitter hatred as the two forces meet.

“Not so evil one.” cries Michael, with his valiant forces, “We will banish you, and your plans will be no more!”

“Never!” retorts Lucifer.

Then, with prophetic foreknowledge, Michael gives before all to hear. “Even you, with all the strength given you through deceit and wicked perdition, cannot destroy us. You can only harm us, but all those you injure, will be healed and be born whole and innocent.”

Then Lucifer cries out from the depths of hell, “We will see who the real ruler is! ATTACK! NOW!!”

And they go. The battle between good and evil commences, while the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, knowingly watch on.

The troops of Michael are led by many strong, valiant, and noble spirits of the Father’s choicest sons and daughters, including Jopana, and Haslom, a family brother of Sharloma and Jopana, and Marlbro, a friend. These are all well prepared for the battle, but the fierceness of the dragon is so strong, that it takes all, and the very best, for Michael’s forces and the Father to win.

Haslom and Jopana had always been the best of brothers, consistently depending on each other for support, friendship and love. Haslom would love spending time with Jopana, always thrilling in what was going on in his life. In turn, Jopana relished and loved the time and attention spent with Haslom. The two would work together to bless and inspire the lives of many of their other brothers and sisters.

At times however, Haslom would feel lost in all the crowd, with so many others. He loved them all, but he sometimes felt, like he didn’t know them well enough. It was in these times, that he would begin to doubt himself, and would then go to Jopana to help work things out.

Jopana saw in Haslom, many great gifts and strengths, which he seemed not to recognize or understand. Jopana tried to help him see this, and with time, Haslom nourished these strengths, and his confidence grew.  

Jopana told him, that in some ways he felt Haslom was stronger then he was.

Haslom began to go out, and develop his own life, knowing that he could do it. Haslom had never been shy, but he was just unsure of himself.

Jopana was so pleased with Haslom, for he went out and did it all, having so many friends, who all depended on him for strength.

Truly Haslom was a brave and valiant warrior for Elohim.

Jopana eagerly acknowledged this, and helped to build him up.

One day, Haslom came to see Jopana, with exciting and happy news.

“Jopana! I just met this awesome girl today! I think that she is the one I want to be my eternal companion on earth!”

“This is wonderful Haslom! What is her name?” Jopana excitedly inquired.

“Mingadro.”

“Mingadro?” questioned Jopana.

“Yes!”

“I know her! She is awesome! I hope she knows the great man she is getting, and the wonderful care you will take of her.” Relates Jopana, “She deserves a special man like yourself. I am so proud of you Haslom.”

Then, with tears in his eyes, Jopana reveals something to his faithful brother, which had been weighing down on his heart and mind for some time.

“Haslom.” he begins.

“Yes Jopana?”

“Father has told me something that is very scary to me.”

“What is it?” asks Haslom with great concernment.

“Father wants me to be a prophet on the earth.”

“Really?”

“Yes…but not just any prophet, he wants me to be the final prophet of the last days.”

“Oh my!” responded Haslom.

“Yes Haslom, and I am afraid. He has told me some things about our earthly family that are very unnerving to me.”

“Like what?” asked Haslom, somewhat disturbed.

He said that our immediate family, would not be prepared for earth life, the way you and I will be. He said that it was up to us, to help them prepare down on earth, to face their lives. He also spoke to me about the immense pain that I must endure.

This is a calling however, that is more than I can now bare, but our Father Elohim, has promised that before I go, He will personally prepare me for it, so I must trust in Him.”

“Yes Jopana! You are going to make it! I will help you, the way you helped me! Remember, we are going to the same family.”

“Life isn’t just care free anymore.” Lamented Jopana, “I don’t know what to do.”

“Everything will be fine. I will help you.”

“Thank you for your support Haslom.”

Then the two brothers lovingly and warmly embraced, and said, “I love you.”

“Yes, I love you both too.” Said a near by voice, one oh so familiar.

“Father, You’re here!” Cried Jopana.

“Yes Jopana. I knew that you were hurting, so I came to comfort you. Remember, you will never be left alone. Even in your darkest times.” Said the Father.

“I have a great work in store for you to do, some of which will even be through your music.”

Then the three of them privately spent the rest of their evening, bonding and consoling one another.

“I love you Father.” said Jopana, to which the Father replied, “I love you too Jopana.”

Chapter Four
Fruitful Beginnings

And now life on earth begins. We all watched on with grand interest, as our hero and friend, Michael, or Adam, along with his valiant, noble, and special companion, Guadra, or Eve, now inhabited their bodies.

They were innocent and full of all life and love, fresh and new. Father had breathed into them life, and instructed them relative to their commandments and duties. Then he opened the gate for them, to enter into the Garden of Eden, and they went inside.

Once inside the magnificent garden, which was prepared for them, Adam and Eve were filled with wonder.

“Adam, everything is so beautiful!” proclaimed Eve.

“Yes!” Adam responded. “Let’s go exploring, and see all that our Father has created for us!”

Adam and Eve didn’t remember their lives before coming to the earth, but as a blessing, our Father allowed them to partly retain an open channel, to remember the language they had learned before this life, that they would speak once born in the flesh. Thus they could learn about the world around them, and converse with the Father and Son.

Father called it the Adamic language, and it was clean and pure.

Adam and Eve immersed themselves in their surroundings, like little children in a peaceful dream. Then, much later, Father told Adam that it was time to start naming all the creatures and plant life, to which Adam was given dominion over.

Father called forth all the creatures unto Adam for him to name. Only now, did Adam struggle for the words, as he sought out the predestined names of each creation, and his memory of them, calling spiritually upon the Father for help, and to Eve’s surprise, he did remarkably well.

Eve listened intently, trying to remember all of their names, as their new language unfolded, and soon, every creature was satisfied with its name.

Then it came time for Adam to name all the vegetation and plant life, to which Eve came along and accompanied him. They traveled deeper and deeper into the garden, and when finished, Eve was so pleased with Adam’s faithfulness in finishing our Fathers instructions, that she told him, “I love you Adam.” To which he replied, “I love you too Eve.” And they were one.

Back in heaven, I Sharloma, had mostly learned English, which was to be the first language I would speak, when my turn on earth came.

My brother Jopana was so very good with this language, that he used it everywhere he went, in writings, and in publications, in heaven, and on earth.

Jopana started his life on earth very modestly. Not at all like his life was in heaven, but Father said this was the best way for him.

Father also told me, that one day I would understand why this was, when Jopana would bear his testimony on earth, about our Father’s plan for him.

Father had warned Adam and Eve of what would happen to them, if they were to eat from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He said that they could eat from every tree of the garden, but that one. Adam and Eve both understood what Father meant, and were agreed.

Then one day, Eve went off exploring on her own, promising Adam that she would rejoin him soon.

“OK Eve.” said Adam, “I’ll be somewhere around this river Euphrates.” He innocently stated.

Having just started out as a curiosity, Eve now wanted to go and examine the forbidden tree.

As she drew closer, she felt a stronger desire to see it but still knew that she was forbidden to even touch it. When she arrived however, she was not at all fearful, but was at ease in its presence.

“It looks just like any other tree in our garden.” She said to herself.

“Yessssss.” said a voice, somewhat near her.

Startled, Eve turned around to see who was there.

“Who are you?” She questioned this strange serpent which just spoke to her.

“I am a creature of knowledge.” He replied.

“Oh!” gasped Eve.

“Yes. You see, I know all the secrets that eating this fruit will give you.”

“But I am not to partake of this tree.” Defended Eve.

“Then are you to never know the things that your Father knows?”

“Well no, but He told me not to eat it. I’ll die!” She said to him.

“You will not die,” lied the serpent, “but you shall gain knowledge. Father wants you to be more like Him, doesn’t He? And this is the only way. Look,” said the serpent as it slithered down from the forbidden tree, and closer to her, “this fruit is very delicious and sweet, and it is your only chance. You must partake of it, to know the difference between good and evil, the way your Father knows it. You won’t die Eve.” Said the serpent, sure that he’s got her more and more convinced.

Then, wanting to be wiser, and believing the serpent, Eve finally succumbed.

“Now go,” the serpent advised her, and give to Adam of the same.” He said, sure he’d set his plan into action.

Eve immediately began to feel different inside, not sure what was taking place, but as she traveled to Adam, her mind began to expand, and things that she had never before experienced, now came to her mind, and she knew that this is in consequence of her action.

“Adam,” Eve said, “I want you to have some of this fruit.”

“But Eve, isn’t that the forbidden fruit?” Adam said.

“Yes, it is, and I have already had a taste. It is delicious, and I am beginning to know more because of it. You need some too, so we can both know the difference between good and evil, Adam.” Eve tells him.

“No Eve, I will not eat that.”

“But it is the only way to be more like our Father.” Eve replied.

“Who told you that?” asked Adam, still afraid of what had taken place.

“One of the creatures of the garden.” She told him. “Father said that we would die and look, I’m still alive.”

“Eve, our Father is not a liar. Surely you know this?”

“Yes, but surely this is the only way Adam. I am now enlightened, and I’m beginning to understand the difference between right and wrong. Surely Father wants this for us, doesn’t He?”

“Yes, but I don’t know all His plans for us.”

Then enters the serpent and says, “Adam, I know the Father’s plan, and this is very well a part of it. Why would Father plant this tree in the garden, if he did not want you to eat of it? Surely it is for his own purposes.”

“Yes Adam, you must partake of it. We must follow our course,” said Eve.

After much pondering, Adam also partook of the fruit.

Chapter Five
A Penitent Offering, A Great Divide Crossing

Because they had disobeyed Father, Adam and Eve were driven out of His presence, and the earth they lived on was changed. Now, instead of their fruit trees springing up on their own, by the hand of our Father, Adam had to plant their seeds to make them grow. This is what Father had told them they must do from now on, until they died, adding more sorrow to them, which was brought into the world through their transgression.

Eve was Adam’s helpmeet, which meant that she strengthened him, and helped him in their labors as equals, to sustain the life of their bodies, which had also changed.

Both knowing that they would die, and losing their Father, the two of them were very sad, and would often cry out to Him in disparity.

Then, one day, three angels visited Adam, and asked him of his sadness.

“I have lost my Father, and I am going to die! I will never be happy anymore!”

“Oh, but I bring you good news.” Said the first angel.

“What is it?” asked Adam, still not very cheery.

“You and Eve will live again.”

“But how?” asked Adam, not sure who these are, or what he meant.

“We are angels, sent from the presence of God, and He has sent us here, and He has given us the earthly charge, to help you make it back home to Him.”

“But I am a sinner, and I cannot dwell in the presence of a perfect God.” Replied Adam.

“But do you not know of our Father’s love for you, Adam?”

“Yes, I know that He loves me, but I have shamed Him, and have brought sin and death into the world.”

“Yes Adam, but this is still all part of our Father’s plan. He is in control, and He has already made a way for this fall to be reconciled. You are given this very time, to prove yourself worthy and ready, to become even like your great Father in Heaven, and live with Him again.”

“Really!?”

“Yes.”

“But how?” Adam asked, hopeful, but very unsure, for a new chance and purpose.

“Your Elder brother Jehovah is the way. He is the truth, the light, and the life. He will give you the strength to do what you need.

“Do as we ask, as guided by angels and the Holy Ghost, and you will be blessed and receive instruction.

“For now, just know that our Lord, commands you to offer up unto Him, sacrifices of burnt offerings, and call on our Father in His name. This is what you must do, in order to begin your journey back home.”

“Yes, I will do it!” Cried Adam, very happy and grateful for this wonderful and exciting news, and a greater prospect of his life and its meaning.

Adam then rushed back to Eve to share these glorious tidings.

The Atonement and Fall: Part One

The Ultimate Prodigal

Adam and Eve were innocent before the Fall, in which they had choice, but not yet agency. For agency is the ability to do good, under the knowledge of good and evil. They used their choice to chose to be given agency, by succumbing to the Fall. But there also had to be an opposition to the Fall, for mankind to be given the opportunity to be reconciled with the Father. Only Jesus could do this. He is the perpetuation of the plan of God for man. It was God’s holy will to offer up His Son, to swallow up all sin via the bitter cup (literally). But he shank not, and drank the utter dregs, finishing His preparations for man, as was His father’s will.

Before the Fall, in Adam and Eve’s innocents, they could do no good, for they knew no evil. They had only choice, but no knowledge of consequences, because they had no sin nor law given.

God’s plan for the fall to take place, was one in which the atonement was also already in place, but God could not create Adam and Eve in a fallen state, because they had to be given life, and then laws given, to then choose for themselves the partaking of the fruit of The knowledge of good and evil. This way God could place them in a new world, without causing or creating sin, for God is not able to sin, as is Satan not capable of doing good.  For there needs to be an opposition in all things, thus the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as opposition for mankind, and Satan to God. 

See 2 Nephi 2:11 below.

11 It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. (2 Nephi 2:11)

After Eve chose to trust in her feelings, and Adam in the Father, without fully understanding the import of their decision’s outcome, they both partook. 

God knew that they would eventually come to a point where they would realize they needed something more to help them grow, in which they would choose to, and need the Lord’s saving atonement, for it is not just that we repent to become like Jesus, but it is in the actual repentance process itself, that we become like Him. This is one reason we needed earth life and the fall, and why a redeemer was chosen and prepared from before the foundations of the earth.

The Fall, or Adam’s transgression, is a spiritual death, because Adam and Eve were separated from the presence of God and given agency to act for themselves and not to be acted upon. See 2 Nephi 2:26

They were also given the great power of procreation, so that they could keep the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth and have joy in their posterity. See Genisis 1:28

In this new and fallen state, they experienced a bodily change as well, to have children. This is necessary because God gave them the commandment to multiply, and He always provides a way to obey Him.

If it were possible for them to have had children before the Fall, God would have had no purpose in the Earth. For in our mortal test period of probation, we needed death in both the separation from God spiritually, as well as our physical death, for us to be tried. Then after death, to be brought before God to be judged in our resurected bodies, to move forward to progress onward to become like Him. The atonement and fall provide for this purpose. This is one reason why the resurrection is so important.

 We need to be tried, reproved and repent, in order to grow up to become like Him, even as a child can grow up to be like their parents. God had to create Adam and Eve in innocence, and give them the commandments He did, for God is a God of righteousness, and cannot create a state of sin or Fall.

It is an eternal principle that to everything good there is a little bad, and to everything bad there is a little good. This is why out of all the trees in the garden of Eden (Eden being our Earth’s real mortal name), there was only one poisoned tree, which was a fig tree, a tree originally created by Christ Jesus, but then later wrought upon by the evil influences of Lucifer and his devils, to become unhealthy for mankind. Thus the Father commanded them not to partake of it, but knowing that they would.

  • The principle of perfection

Because it is not within Heavenly Father’s nature to do or introduce error, He had to say to them, do not eat, or you shall surely die, all of which is true. Yet, He also wanted us to have children an become like Him. In so doing, we would have to walk where He has walked, do as He has done, and follow the course He has followed. This is why we needed the fall, and a redeemer.

See Teachings of the Presidents of the Church- Joseph Smith, pg 41 below.

God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make Himself visible,—I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man. (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church – Joseph Smith, pg 41)

Everything has purpose and meaning, and God is over all His children. Now, speaking of God’s plan, the adversary is very much a part of it. We need opposition to permit, or rather give us permission to learn and grow. This need is stated in the earlier mentioned scripture in 2 Nephi 2:11, that there must be an opposition in all things.

Because the Lord took on all sins, and the source from which they spring, He also takes the ones from which they spring. Yes, somewhere, sometime, in the great eons of the eternal lives and onward, the ultimate prodigal son will, having been burned and purged clean in the lake of fire and brimstone in outer darkness, finally come to himself, and begin his long arduous trek home. For God is a perfect God, with perfect love, and a perfect plan, and He will not lose any of His children.

So, is there hope for the rest of us? Definitely!

Shane

Adam, Eve and Us: Part Two

A Look Into The Grand Plan

Note: A lesson as is geared towards younger children.

Adam & Eve are our first parents. They were created by God in a state similar to how children like you are, except that they looked like grown up adults.

They lived in a beautiful garden called after the name of our mother earth: Eden.

They were very pure and also very smart like adults can be, but they didn’t understand that there was such a thing as bad. They were innocent and good.

God told them about a tree called The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and said that they shall not eat of it, and that in the day they do, they shall surely die.

God wanted to introduce them to a way in which they could learn and become like Him. This could only happen if they were to know what bad was, and experience it as an opposite to their good.

Eve thought and thought, and was even tempted by an unwise evil spirit, who had fallen out of the presence of Heavenly Father for rebelling against Him. He was sent to earth to tempt us here to do wrong, but Adam and Eve could do no wrong, until it was introduced to them, and they were to disobey their Father.

Adam never would have eaten the fruit, which fruit was a called a fig, except that God had commanded Adam and Eve to stay together, and God had told them that they would be cast out, if they had eaten of the fruit. Eve was very thoughtful, and realized that they would need something to change for them, if they were to become like their Heavenly Father. She partook of the fruit, and Adam then partook, so that he could stay with His wife Eve, as Heavenly Father had commanded him to.

Their bodies soon changed after they partook of the fruit, which was not good for them, and they began to die. This was also disobeying their Heavenly Father, and was wrong. Because they didn’t fully understand their actions, it was called a transgression, rather than a sin.

Once Adam and Eve were knowingly introduced to this plan of Happiness, in which they would understand from their experiences the difference between good and bad, they had to work their best to always do what is good, for this is what will help us all to be happy. In this way, they could appreciate good, and understand it better.

Let’s consider a song that will help us understand that we are here from God, to also learn from our experiences, as Adam and Eve did. I Am a Child of God (Page 301, LDS Hymnal)

Adam and Eve were introduced to this fruit by a bad spirit whose name is Lucifer.

Soon after Eve and Adam partook of the fruit, their bodies started to fall unto death through this unhealthy fruit, and their spirits also for disobeying their Heavenly Father, who they knew and loved. The atonement literally is what keeps us, and did them alive, both spiritually and physically.

With this change, their spirits now had to fight to do good things, for their bodies now wanted and craved things that were not right or healthy.

This dying of their bodies, and disobeying of our Father is what is called The Fall, which happened during the earth’s Fall season of existence, and caused them to no longer have their spirits and bodies in unison, meaning that before the fall, what their spirits perceived and thought, is what their bodies experienced also.

From that time forth, their bodies would want to do bad. Adam and Eve would see and comprehend things with their body’s natural senses, thoughts and feelings, and would now have to fight for their spirits to be the ones in control.

This condition is what is known as having a veil placed over our spirits, so that we don’t remember our pre-earth life with God, His presence, or what His love feels like. Our bodies are our veil.

As children, we can have a better understanding and love for God, but as we grow older, we need to rekindle that love and affection for God, by learning of His great love, merciful plan to live with Him again, and return to having our spiritual hearts and minds as our understandings in life, similar to as Adam and Eve did before their bodies fell, except that we now have the opportunity to understand opposition, just as Adam and Eve, once they had partaken of the fruit.

We can choose to become better and better like God every day, and understand that good is different than bad, and we can choose the good because we love God and happiness.

It is because of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, that we can do this good. This is what is called agency, or, the ability to do good, even when we are fallen.

The light of Christ, which is a fruit of the atonement, is in all of us, and is what keeps us all alive, so that we can learn to repent and do good.

We are out of the presence of God, and will all physically die, as was said by Heavenly Father, but Jesus Christ will make us all live again, through His own resurrection. 

Because of the atonement and resurrection, we can all be made whole spiritually and physically, this time having the ability to progress like unto our Father in Heaven, because of our earthly experiences.

As we always repent and follow our Savior Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, we can be happy and have joy, and ultimately become like our Savior and Father in Heaven, who is our true Father. This will happen long after we have been resurrected and live with Them, for they will personally teach us to know and be like Them.

Jesus is the Christ. He is the Great Mediator and Head of The Plan of Salvation for the children of our beloved Father in Heaven who cherishes us. We are here because of Him. We will return because of Him. We will one day be like Him because of Him. What blessing our redeemer is to all. May we honor Him and love Him by keeping His commandments. I know we can all do this, and I bare my testimony that we will all do this, and return in glory to be an eternal family with our Father in Heaven.

Truly Jesus Christ is not some back up plan, He is the plan. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Shane

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