The fullness of the plan: our eternal family

The scriptures teach that Jesus Christ was sent to earth to do His Father’s work (John 9:4; John 5:17). They also teach that “this is my ​​​work​ and my ​​​glory​—to bring to pass the ​​​immortality​ and ​​​eternal​ ​​​life​ of man (Moses 1:39).”

Furthermore, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers the clarification that “Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being.… Eternal life, or exaltation, is to live in God’s presence and to continue as families (see Doctrine and Covenants 131:1–4).”

Both immortality and eternal life are made possible only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

When we study the Atonement of Jesus Christ, how often do we consider the full purpose? That individual salvation alone was never the fullness of the plan?

The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares that “the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children,” and that “The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave.”

The family is the goal; Jesus Christ is the way.

As we remember Him this week and always, may we also remember the work He was sent to do.

“In God’s eternal plan, salvation is an individual matter; exaltation is a family matter.” (President Russell M. Nelson)

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