'Plan of happiness' known before mortality

  • Study doctrine
  • Listen to prophets- Obey promptings

You elected to have this earth experience as part of the "Great Plan of Happiness," Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve said Sunday afternoon.

"You were taught this plan before you came to earth and there rejoiced in the privilege of participating in it," Elder Scott explained.

"Obedience to the plan is a requisite for full happiness in this life and a continuation of eternal joy beyond the veil. Essential to His plan of happiness is agency - the right of personal choice. Also fundamental is the holy privilege of procreation to be exercised within the commitment of legal marriage.

"Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. The family is ordained of God. As husband and wife, you have the resonsibility to bear children, to nurture and train them spiritually, emotionally and physically.

"Satan also has a plan," Elder Scott cautioned. "It is a cunning, evil, subtle, plan of destruction. It is his objective to take captive the children of Father in Heaven and with every possible means frustrate The Great Plan of Happiness."

He encouraged parents to study the life of Adam and Eve to learn to be more effective parents. "They worked together. They obeyed the commandment to have children. They knew The Plan of Happiness and followed it, even though at times it resulted in hardship and difficulty for them."

One of Satan's most effective approaches, Elder Scott explained, is to demean the role of wife and mother. "This is an attack at the very heart of God's plan to foster love between husband and wife, and to nurture children . . . . Government and social plans will not effectively correct that nor can the best efforts of schools and churches fully compensate for the absence of the tender care of a compassionate mother and wife in the home."

Speaking of the importance of the family, Elder Scott referred to the "sacred right and privilege" of rearing children, and he urged fathers not to encourage their wives "to go to work to help in your divinely appointed responsibility to provide resources if you can possibly help it."

"I know I have been speaking of the ideal and you may be disturbed because your life may not now fit that mold. I promise you that through your obedience and continuing faith in Jesus Christ and your understanding of the whole Plan of Happiness, even if important parts of it aren't fulfilled in your life now, they will be yours in the Lord's due time."

Elder Scott suggested the following in receiving the greatest happiness and blessings from this earth experience:

  • Learn the doctrinal foundation of The Great Plan of Happiness by studying the scriptures, pondering their content and praying to understand them. Carefully study and use the Proclamation of the First Presidency and the Twelve on the Family.
  • Listen to the voice of current and past prophets. Their declarations are inspired.
  • Obey the inner feelings that come as promptings from the Holy Ghost. Those feelings are engendered by your righteous thoughts and acts and your determination to seek the will of the Lord and to live it.
  • When needed, seek counsel and guidance from parents and your priesthood leaders.

Elder Scott concluded: "The more closely you personally adhere to His plan for you on earth, the greater will be your happiness, fulfillment and progress."

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