The Council in Heaven
The family of our Father in Heaven met in a grand council, to learn that after they had progressed in their current pre-mortal state, as far as they could, they would be given a chance to grow and increase in knowledge and understanding. This was so we could have the opportunity to become like our Heavenly Father, whom we adored. We could see in that realm that we did not possess all of the attributes that He had, and we so wanted to be like Him!
This council was to tell us that He was going to give us that very opportunity, and what the blessings, and dangers would be for us! Two plans were given that we have record of in scripture, one giving us agency, but with the possibility of failing.The other giving us no choice whatever, but guaranteeing that we would all be able to return Home. Bringing the Family of God Together Eternally!
The First offer was accepted, that being offered by Jehovah, or as He was to be known on this earth, The Messiah, The anointed One, The Savior, or Jesus Christ.
The author of the 2nd choice, Lucifer or Satan as we know him here, was furious, as a result a war of philosophys erupted. One side was not sure, with the dangers we would all face, that Jehovah would be able to accomplish what was needed. Those who believed this idea sided with Lucifer, and eventually were cast out of heaven.
Those who remained, two thirds of Heavenly Father’s children, were still concerned. Most of them knew they would come to earth at a time they would never hear of the Plan Jehovah would set up on earth. The plan required that everyone hear this plan, and be baptized while in the flesh, showing their acceptance of His plan. In fact, the lion share of those in that council learned they would live and die, and never have the opportunity on earth to have the “saving ordinances” given to them. They were concerned about how they would be able to return.
There was a small part of that group who would have the privilege of hearing and knowing the truth. They also, in that Council, made a promise, or a covenant, that they would search out their direct ancestors, and see that they had the opportunity to receive these ordinances. We know about the promises made because of the Doctrine & Covenants Section 2, verse 2: And he shall plant int he hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers…. One has to ask where those promises were made. I am sure it was those promises that gave our ancestors the courage to come before us, so that we would have the chance to come later. There was much riding on both sides. One could not happen without the other. 1st Corinthians Chapter 15, verse 29 tells us how this promise would be fulfilled.”Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?”
The Savior did come in the Meridian of time, and he did fulfill his part of the Everlasting Covenant! All that remains now is for the Children to live up to their promise and find their ancestors, and see that their work is done.
Most of this work could not have even begun until the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. It is only in this dispensation that Elijah would return and restore the KEYS making it possible to perform this most essential work. It is only during this dispensation that technology has progress far enough that we could with greater ease accomplish this difficult assignment. It all had to begin However with the building of temple so that Elijah could return.
This was accomplished in Kirtland, Ohio. There the 1st temple in this dispensation was built and dedicated. On the day of it’s dedication, the outside of the temple was bathed in a light that made it look as though it was on fire. Many of those who were not in the temple, saw this phenomina, including many who were not members of the church. The picture above depicts that event. Here the Savior appeared and accepted the building,and the offering of the Saints.
Keys were bestowed, and from that day, work for the Salvation of Heavenly Father’s children who came to earth, but did not hear of the plan, began. It was slow at first, as the Saints had to learn step by step what needed to be done. It took over a hundred years for the building of temples to spread enough over the face of the earth that a temple was within 200 miles reach of most members of the church.
The only question remaining is, just what are we, the children, doing about it. The work has increased in volume, but the numbers, percentage wise, is still very low! Mormon, in chapter 7 verse 5 tells us that : “Know this, that ye must come to a knowledge of your fathers…..” We have been asked to put together a 4 generation chart of our families, making sure that all those in that chart have their ordinances completed. You can show that by printing out a fan chart on Family Search.
“The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead.” Joseph Smith Jr., Eldred G. Smith, Conference Report, April 1962, pp. 65 – 67; Compendium, page 284
“Genealogy is not alone for the old but for the young as well. Young minds are keen and alert and resourceful, all of which is needed for research. Men should be busy with this family research.”
“To be exalted in the kingdom of God, one must keep all the laws of the gospel and keep all the commandments of God. It is great to keep the Word of Wisdom and to pay your tithes and offerings and attend Sacrament meetings and fulfill all the other activities in the Church. But if you omit your family research and temple work, you fall short and at the peril of your own salvation” Eldred G. Smith, Conference Report, April 1962, pp. 65 – 67
“Those who give themselves with all their might and main to this [genealogy] work receive help from the other side, and not merely in gathering genealogies. Whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life.” John A. Widstoe (Genealogical Activities,” p. 104)
“The first thing that every member of the Church should do is to gather all possible information about himself that might be found in the home and from close relatives. The purpose of this is to identify yourself as an individual and to know from whom you have descended.” Elder Howard W. Hunter “Primer on Genealogy” Ensign February 1971
A family “which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.” Dennis B. Nuenswander, “Bridges and Keepsakes,” General Conference, April 1999
“I promise that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to our families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us and as our posterity reads of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.” Spencer W. Kimball, (“President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals,” New Era, Dec. 1980, 27).