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The following are some notable changes between editions of Gospel Principles. The editions published are as follows: 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2009.

Underlined text marks something as new. Not all changes have been compiled, but only what seemed at least moderately notable. The most salient changes are marked in yellow. We recommend taking a special look at the changes made in 2009 to chapter 47.

Please send corrections or suggestions to [email protected]. Thanks to “Tony” for contributing many of the listed changes.

My research article is now available: Gospel Principles 2009 as a Significant Perpetuation of Traditional Mormon Theology.

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Introduction    Chapter 1: Our Heavenly Father    Chapter 2: Our Heavenly Family     Chapter 3: Jesus Christ       Chapter 4: Freedom to Choose     Chapter 5: The Creation   Chapter 6: The Fall  Chapter 7: The Holy Ghost   Chapter 8: Prayer   Chapter 9: Prophets of God   Chapter 10: Scripture  Chapter 11: The Life of Christ   Chapter 12: The Atonement  Chapters 13 and 14: The Priesthood  Chapter 15: The Lord’s Covenant People   Chapter 16: The Church in Former Times Chapter 17: The Church Today  Chapter 18: Faith in Christ   Chapter 19: Repentance   Chapter 20: Baptism   Chapters 21 and 22: Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost   Chapter 23: The Sacrament  Chapter 24: The Sabbath Day  Chapters 25 and 26: Fasting and Sacrifice   Chapter 27 and 28: Work and Service  Chapter 29: Word of Wisdom   Chapter 30: Charity   Chapter 31: Honesty  Chapter 32: Tithes and Offerings   Chapters 33 and 34: Missionary Work/Talents    Chapter 35: Obedience   Chapter 36: Families can be eternal   Chapter 37:Family Responsibilities  Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage   Chapter 39: Law of Chastity   Chapter 40: Temple Work   Chapter 41: Postmortal Spirit World  Chapter 42: The House of Israel   Chapter 43: Signs of the Second Coming  Chapter 44: The Second Coming  Chapter 45: The Millennium   Chapter 46: The Final Judgment    Chapter 47: Exaltation   Gospel Principles Conclusion

Chapter 1 – Our Heavenly Father

1997 to 2009

God is the one Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is the Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things (see Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 18–23) “the Great Parent of the universe,” and He “looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 39)

Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we know that God has a body that looks our bodies are like ours His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.

God is perfect. He is a God of righteousness, with attributes such as love, mercy, charity, truth, power, faith, knowledge, and judgment. He has all power. He knows all things. He is full of goodness.

All good things come from God. Everything that He does is to help His children become like Him—a god. He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39)…

Joseph Smith—History 1:17 (Father and Son are separate beings)

Chapter 2 – Our Heavenly Family

1997 to 2009

Every person who was ever born on earth was is our spirit brother or sister in heaven. The first spirit born to our heavenly parents was Jesus Christ (see D&C 93:21), so he is literally our elder brother (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 26). Because we are the spiritual spirit children of our heavenly parents God, we have inherited the potential to develop their His divine qualities. If we choose to do so Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become perfect, just as they are like our Heavenly Father and receive a fulness of joy

We were not all alike in heaven. We know, for example, that we were given sons and daughters of heavenly parents—males and females (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). We possessed different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth. (See Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 51.) We can learn more about our talents and callings “eternal possibilities” when we receive our patriarchal blessings (see Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye Thomas S. Monson, in Holy Places, p. 117). Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 82; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66).

Even though we have forgotten, A veil covers our memories of our premortal life, but our Father in Heaven remembers knows who we are and what we did before we came here (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 50)

Our heavenly parents provided us with a celestial home more glorious and beautiful than any place on earth. We were happy there. Yet they Heavenly Father knew we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left them Him for a time. They He wanted us to develop the godlike qualities that they have He has. To do this, we needed to leave our celestial premortal home to be tested and to gain experience. We needed to choose good over evil. Our spirits needed to be clothed with physical bodies. We would need to leave our physical bodies at death and reunite with them in the Resurrection. Then we would receive immortal bodies like those that of our heavenly parents Heavenly Father. If we passed our tests, we would receive the fulness of joy that our heavenly parents have Heavenly Father has received. (See D&C 93:30-34.)…

Since we could not progress further in heaven, Our Heavenly Father called a Grand Council to present His plan for our progression…

We learned that He would provide an earth for us where we would be tested prove ourselves (see Abraham 3:24-26). A veil would cover our memories, and we would forget our heavenly home. This would be necessary so we could exercise our agency to choose good or evil without being influenced by the memory of living with our Heavenly Father…

At the Grand Council we also learned the purpose for our progression: to have a fulness of joy. However, we also learned that not all of our Father’s children would want to receive a fulness of joy. Some of us some would be deceived, choose other paths, and lose their way…

At this council we also learned that because of our weakness, all of us except little children would sin (see D&C 29:46-47). We learned that a Savior would be provided for us so we could overcome our sins and overcome death with resurrection. We learned that if we placed our faith in Him, obeying His word and following His example, we would be exalted and become like our heavenly parents Heavenly Father. We would receive a fulness of joy.

Chapter 3 – Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

1997 to 2009

We understood that we would have to leave our heavenly home for a time. We would not live in the presence of our heavenly parents Heavenly Father

Two of our brothers offered to help. Our oldest brother, Jesus Christ, who was called Jehovah, said, “Here am I, send me” (Abraham 3:27; see also Moses 4:1-4)…

Satan wanted to force us all to do his will. Under his plan, we would not be allowed to choose. He would take away the freedom of choice that our Father had given us. Satan wanted to have all the honor for our salvation. Under his proposal, our purpose in coming to earth would have been frustrated (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay [2003], 207)

Satan and his followers fought against Jesus Christ and His followers. The Savior’s followers “overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11)

In our premortal life, we chose the right to follow Jesus Christ and accept God’s plan. We must continue to choose the right follow Jesus Christ here on earth. Only by following Him can we return to our heavenly home…

By following His teachings, we can return to live with him and our heavenly parents inherit a place in the celestial kingdom. He was chosen to be our Savior when we all attended the great council with our heavenly parents. When he became our Savior, He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation.

Chapter 4 – Freedom to Choose

1997 to 2009

Agency maybe have been was one of the first principal issues to arise in the premortal Council in Heaven. It was one of the main causes of the conflict between the followers of Christ and the followers of Satan. Satan said he would bring said, “Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all of us back to our Father’s presence, but mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor” (Moses 4:1). In saying this, he would have taken away our agency. When his “rebelled against [God] and sought to destroy the agency of man” (Moses 4:3). His offer was rejected, he rebelled and he was cast out of heaven with his followers (see D&C 29:36-37)…

We cannot choose righteousness unless the opposites of good and evil are placed before us…

The consequences, whether good or bad, follow as a natural result of any choice we make (see Revelation 22:12). If we touch a hot flame, for example, we are burned.

Chapter 6 – The Fall of Adam and Eve

1997 to 2009

Adam and Eve were foreordained to become the parents of the human race our first parents

Although the scriptures do not tell us anything about Eve before she came to earth, she must have been a choice daughter of God. Eve was “the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26). She was given to Adam because God said God brought Adam and Eve together in marriage because “it was not good that the man should be alone” (Moses 3:18; see also 1 Corinthians 11:11)…

They had spiritual life because they were in the presence of God (see Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 268)

God commanded them to have children and to learn to control the earth

Because Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord sent them out of the Garden of Eden into the world as we now know it. Their physical condition changed as a result of their eating the forbidden fruit. As God had promised, they became mortal. They were able to have children

Because Satan had introduced evil into the world, Adam and Eve and their children were separated from God both physically and spiritually…

Chapter 7 – The Holy Ghost

1997 to 2009

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead (see 1 John 5:7; D&C 20:28). He is a spirit that has the form and likeness of a man “personage of Spirit” (D&C 130:22)

The Holy Ghost will witness to us that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer (see 3 Nephi 28:11; D&C 20:27; Hebrews 10:15).

Chapter 9 – Prophets of God

1997 to 2009

Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, sailed journeyed from Jerusalem to the American continent about six hundred Americas 600 years before the birth of Christ…

He holds “the keys of the kingdom,” meaning that he has the right authority to control direct the administration entire Church and kingdom of God on earth, including the administration of priesthood ordinances (see Matthew 16:19). No person except the chosen prophet and President can receive God’s will for the entire membership of the Church. The Lord said, “There is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred” (D&C 132:7). The President of the Church is assisted by his counselors in the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve, who are also prophets, seers, and revelatory

I say to Israel, The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so he will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty. God bless you.” (Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 212-13; see also Official Declaration 1 Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff [2004], 199)…

A story from the life of Lorenzo Snow, the fifth president of the restored Church, shows how God rewards his people for their obedience. In those days the Church was suffering great financial trouble and had little money to pay its debts. Then more trouble came. A great drought afflicted many of the Saints. President Snow went to the Lord and prayed for relief. One day as the prophet was speaking in the St. George Tabernacle in Utah, the Holy Ghost inspiredhimto promise the Saints that they would receive rain if they would pay a full tithe. He quoted Malachi: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, . . . and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). The people obeyed their prophet, and the rains fell on the parched crops.

In order to stand, the true Church must be built upon the foundation of prophets “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).

Chapter 10

1997 to 2009

Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord has expanded our understanding of some passages in the Bible. The Lord inspired the Prophet Joseph to restore truths to the Bible text that had been lost or changed since the original words were written. These inspired corrections are called the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. In the Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Version of the Bible, selected passages from the Joseph Smith Translation are found on pages 797-813 and in many footnotes

The book of Moses contains an account of some of the visions and writings of Moses, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in June and December 1830

Their words come to us through conferences, Church publications, the Liahona or Ensign magazine, and instructions to local priesthood leaders…

Our standard works should be placed where our children will see them and We should read the standard works with our children so they will learn to love them and use them for the truths they contain.

Chapter 11

1997 to 2009

All of the prophets since Christ have testified that He did come. All of us need to study the life of the Savior and follow Him faithfully throughout our lives. We each need to have a personal relationship with him

By the time He was 12 years old, Jesus knew he had grown in His understanding that He had been sent to do the will of His Father. He went with His parents to Jerusalem. When His parents were returning home, they discovered that He was not with their group. They went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions and they were hearing him, and asking him questions” (Joseph Smith Translation, Luke 2:46)…

Joseph and Mary were relieved to find Him, but unhappy that he had treated them so “they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why bast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” Jesus answered her gently, reminding her that Joseph was only a stepfather, saying, “Wist ye not that I must be about my [Heavenly] Father’s business?” (Luke 2:48-49)…

When Jesus was 30 years old, He came to his cousin John the Baptist to be baptized in the Jordan River. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus because he knew that Jesus had never sinned was greater than he

Soon after Jesus was baptized, Satan came to him to tempt him. He wanted Jesus to fail his mission. If Satan could get him to commit just one sin, then Jesus would not be worthy to be our Savior, and the plan would fail. In this way Satan could make us as miserable as he is. We would never be able to return to our Heavenly Father. Satan’s temptations came after Jesus had been fasting for forty days. He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights to be with God. After that, Satan came to tempt Him. Jesus firmly resisted all of Satan’s temptations and then commanded Satan to leave. (See Matthew 4:1-11; see also Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 4:1, 5-6, 8-9, 11.) Jesus Christ remained sinless, the one perfect being to ever walk the earth (see Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:21-22)

After being tempted by His fast and His encounter with Satan, Jesus began His public ministry…

When his work of teaching and blessing the people was finished Near the end of His mortal ministry, Jesus prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of mankind…

In a modern revelation the Savior described how great His suffering was, saying it caused Him “to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:18). The awful anguish of taking upon himself every sin that any human being has ever committed went through the Savior’s body. He suffered “according to the flesh,” taking upon himself our pains, sicknesses, infirmities, and sins (see Alma 7:10-13)

After nine hours suffering on the cross, He cried out in agony, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). In Jesus’s bitterest hour, the Father had withdrawn his spirit from Him so Jesus could finish suffering the penalty for the sins of all mankind that Jesus might have complete victory over the forces of sin and death (see James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. [1916], 660-61)

Some friends took the Savior’s body to a tomb, where it lay for three days until the third day

He willingly and humbly went through the sorrow in Gethsemane and the suffering on the cross. The Savior will have died in vain for our sins if we do not so we could receive all the blessings of the plan of salvation. To receive these blessings, we must come unto Him, repent of our sins, and love Him with all our hearts.

Chapter 13

1997 to 2009

The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God.  By his Through the priesthood power He created and governs the heavens and the earth were created

Our Heavenly Father shares delegates His priesthood power with to worthy male members of the Church…

Only those who hold the priesthood can ordain others, and they can do so only when authorized by those who hold the keys for that ordination (see chapter 14 in this book)

He can baptize, confirm, and administer the sacrament when authorized by those who hold the keys for those ordinances

Men and women who hold positions in the Church as officers and teachers work under the direction of the priesthood priesthood leaders and under the guidance of the Holy Ghost

Chapter 14

1997 to 2009

Those holding the Melchizedek Priesthood have the power and authority to lead the Church and direct the preaching of the gospel in all parts of the world. They are in charge of administer all the spiritual work of the Church (see D&C 84:19-22; 107:8). They direct the work done in the temples; they preside over wards, branches, stakes, and missions; they heal the sick, bless babies, and give special blessings to Church members

They are usually ordained to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood and can soon be advanced ordained to higher other offices if as they are remain worthy…

To help fulfill this responsibility, they are usually called assigned to serve as home teachers…

Patriarchs are ordained by General Authorities, or by stake presidents when they are authorized by the Council of the Twelve, to give special patriarchal blessings to members of the Church…

An Apostle is a special witness of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world (see D&C 107:23)…

All organizations in the Church work under the direction of priesthoodleaders and help them carry out the work of the Lord. Forexample, the presidencies in a ward’s Relief Society, Young Women,Young Men, Primary, and Sunday School organizations serve underthe direction of the bishopric. These organizations are called auxiliariesto the priesthood.

Chapter 15

1997 to 2009

As members of the Church, we also covenant to obey the law of chastity, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to be honest

He made a special covenant with Abraham and his descendants that blesses members of the Church and all nations of the earth and all nations of the earth today…

God made the same covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac and again with Isaac’s son Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Since that time, the descendants of Jacob, called Israelites, have been known as God’s covenant people

When we are baptized into the Church, we are adopted enter into Abraham’s family and have part in the covenant the Lord made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see Galatians 3:26-29)…

We Worthy males have the right to hold the priesthood. Families can receive the blessings of the priesthood…

As the Lord’s covenant people, we must should keep His commandments…

How blessed we are to be God’s covenant people. To the faithful Saint, the Lord has promised, “All that my Father hath shall be given unto him” (D&C 84:38).

Chapter 16 – The Church of Jesus in Former Times

1997 to 2009

Through the persecution and martyrdom of Church leaders and the general wickedness of the people, the Church of Jesus Christ was taken from the earth. Today the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored and is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of the offices and functions of the Church in the days of Jesus are present in the Church today

It was compared to a perfectly formed building that was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20)…

The Apostles and other Church leaders visited and wrote letters to the leaders in the various branches…

Later, other Apostles died or were killed. Paul, Barnabas, and James, the brother of the Lord, were all ordained in their places

Everyone needed these saving ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost

Some members taught ideas from their old pagan or Jewish beliefs instead of the simple truths taught by Jesus. Some rebelled openly… One by one, the Apostles were killed or otherwise taken from the earth.

Because of wickedness and apostasy, the persecution, surviving Apostles could not meet to choose apostolic authority and ordain men to replace those who were dead. Eventually, local priesthood leaders keys were also taken from the only ones who had authority to direct the scattered branches of the Church earth. The perfect organization of the Church that Jesus Christ had established no longer existed, and confusion resulted. More and more error crept into Church doctrine, and soon the destruction dissolution of the Church was complete…

This church was very different from the church Jesus organized. Members of this church believed It taught that God was a being without form or substance…

The emperor chose his own leaders and sometimes called them by the same titles used by priesthood leaders in the true Church of Christ. Church officers were given honor and wealth. Bishops and archbishops fought among themselves to gain more power.

Chapter 17 – The Church of Jesus Christ Today

1997 to 2009

The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth. He also said that the teachings creeds of present churches were “an abomination in his sight” ( Joseph Smith– History 1:19; see also verses 7-18, 20)…

When the Church was first organized, only the framework was set up. The organization was completed during the next several years would develop as the Church continued to grow

Twelve Apostles, who are special witnesses of the name of Jesus Christ, teach the gospel and regulate the affairs of the Church in all parts of the world…

1. Our Heavenly Father is a real person being with a tangible, perfected body of flesh and bones, and so is Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit

6. There are three degrees kingdoms of glory in the heavens, and through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, people will be rewarded according to their actions on earth and according to the desires of their hearts

8. The temple endowment and sealings Ordinances and covenants are required for salvation and are available for both the living and the dead.

Chapter 18

1997 to 2009

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. It is a spiritual gift, and it is necessary to our salvation… The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Faith is a principle of action and power that motivates our day-to-day activities…

There is no faith where there is no obedience. Likewise, there is true obedience only where there is faith

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “When faith comes it brings . . . apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, gifts, wisdom, knowledge, miracles, healings, tongues, interpretation of tongues, etc. All these appear when faith appears on the earth, and disappear when it disappears from the earth; for these are the effects of faith. . . . And he who possesses it will, through it, obtain all necessary knowledge and wisdom, until he shall know God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, whom he has sent– whom to know is eternal life” (Lectures on Faith [19851, 83).

Chapter 28 – Service

1997 to 2007

Service is helping others who need assistance. We can help those in need by giving a generous fast offering

He is our God and Savior and Lord of the universe He is the Creator of the earth and our Savior, yet He did many humble acts of service.

Chapter 29 – The Lord’s Law of Health

1997 to 2009

The Spirit of our Heavenly Father Holy Ghost can be with us if our bodies and minds are clean…

If we do not obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord’s Spirit may not dwell with us withdraws from us

Church leaders have said that this means coffee and tea, which contain harmful drugs substances. We should avoid all drinks that contain harmful drugs substances

We should not use any substance that is habit forming. We should also avoid overeating. The Word of Wisdom does not tell us everything to avoid or consume, but it does give us guidelines…

Grains are good for us. Wheat is especially good for us. Grains may be used also to make mild drinks.

A latter-day prophet has told us that people “should learn to keep their bodies healthy by right living, . . . by inhaling pure air, taking plenty of exercise, and bathing . . . often in fresh water” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 241). we should keep our bodies healthy. He counseled, “Nutritious meals, regular exercise, and appropriate sleep are necessary for a strong body, just as consistent scripture study and prayer strengthen the mind and spirit” (Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 60; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 46).

Chapter 30 – Charity

1997 to 2009

The Savior gave us the example of his life to follow. He was a perfect man He was the Son of God.

Chapter 31 – Honesty

1997 to 2009

Complete honesty is necessary for our salvation. An Apostle of the Lord has said: “Honesty is a principle of salvation in the kingdom of God. . . . Just as no man or woman can be saved without baptism, so no one can be saved without honesty” (Mark E. Petersen, in Conference Report, Oct. 1971, p. 63; or Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 72). President Brigham Young said, “If we accept salvation on the terms it is offered to us, we have got to be honest in every thought, in our reflections, in our meditations, in our private circles, in our deals, in our declarations, and in every act of our lives” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 293)

Copying music, movies, pictures, or written text without the permission of the copyright owners is dishonest and is a form of theft.

Chapter 32 – Tithes and Offerings

1997 to 2009

A tithe is one-tenth of our increase. This means that we give one-tenth of all we earn before we pay for our own needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. If our increase is in the form of flocks, herds, or crops rather than money, we give one-tenth of those things (see Leviticus 27:30-32)

The First Presidency has explained that “one-tenth of all their interest annually” refers to our income (see First Presidency letter, Mar. 19, 1970).

Chapter 33 – Missionary Work

1997 to 2009

Since that time over one million thousands of missionaries have been called and sent forth to preach the gospel…

Every member of the Church is to be a missionary.

Chapter 34 – Developing our Talents

1997 to 2009

Sometimes the Lord gives us weaknesses so we will work hard and overcome them Because we are mortal and fallen, we have weaknesses.

Chapter 36

1997 to 2009

The first family on earth was established by our Heavenly Father when he gave Eve to Adam in marriage (see Moses 3:21-24). Since then, each of us has been commanded to marry and have children so that through our own experience we can learn to be heavenly parents. President Brigham Young explained that our families are not yet ours. The Lord has committed them to us to see how we will treat them. Only if we are faithful will they be given to us forever. What we do on earth determines whether or not we will be worthy to become heavenly parents (see chapter 2, “Our Heavenly Family”).

Chapter 37

1997 to 2009

If we all do our part, we will be able to live together as a family forever united eternally

The father is the patriarch of the family and has important responsibilities that are his alone

When a man holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he can share these blessings by naming and blessing babies, administering to the sick, baptizing children, and giving special priesthood blessings and ordinations. Under the direction of a presiding priesthood leader, he can bless babies, baptize, confirm, and perform priesthood ordinations

President David O. McKay said that motherhood is woman’s noblest calling the noblest calling. If there is no father in the home, the mother presides over the family.

Chapter 38

1997 to 2009

Marriage between a man and a woman is a vital part of God’s plan

Our exaltation depends on marriage, along with other principles and ordinances, such as faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost

Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like him. We must live this law to be able to have spirit children

In the temple, Latter-day Saint couples kneel at one of the sacred altars in the presence of their family and friends who have received the temple endowment and two special witnesses

Because we have been married in God’s ordained way, we are entitled to an outpouring of the Spirit on our marriage as we remain worthy

We can, at some future time, increase our family by having spirit children

The Lord has said that if we are true and faithful, we will pass by the angels to enter our exaltation. We will become like our Heavenly Father gods.

Chapter 39

1997 to 2009

We, like Adam and Eve, are to provide physical bodies for these spirit children through sexual reproduction

The powers of procreation are sacred. God has commanded us that only in marriage between a man and a woman are we to have sexual relations…

Those Israelites who broke this commandment were subject to severe penalties put to death (see Leviticus 20:10). The Lord repeated this commandment in the latter days to the Prophet Joseph Smith (see D&C 42:24)

Elder Spencer W. Kimball The First Presidency warned young people of other sexual sins:

“Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions–all ugly sins–but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions” (The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 65).

“Before marriage, do not do anything to arouse the powerful emotions that must be expressed only in marriage. Do not participate in passionate kissing, lie on top of another person, or touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing. Do not allow anyone to do that with you. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body” (For the Strength of Youth [pamphlet , 2001], 27).

Like other violations of the law of chastity, homosexual behavior is a serious sin. Latter-day Prophets have spoken about the dangers of homosexual behavior and about the Church’s concern for people who may have such inclination. President Gordon B. Hinckley said:

“In the first place, we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord.

“People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are.

“We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 91; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71)…

It is extremely important to our Heavenly Father that his children obey the law of chastity. Members of the Church who break this law may be disfellowshipped or excommunicated (see D&C 42:22-26, 80-81). All those who do not repent after committing adultery will not be able to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ but will live in the telestial kingdom (see D&C 76:81-86, 103-5; see also chapter 46, “The Last Judgment”). Members of the Church who break this law or influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline

Peace comes only through forgiveness. But forgiveness has a high price

Alma 42:16 (repentance does not come without punishment)

D&C 58:42–43 (the repentant confess and forsake their sins)

Chapter 40 – Temple Work and Family History

1997 to 2007

When a man and woman are married in the temple, their children who are born thereafter also become part of their eternal family. Parents who adopt children legally may have those children sealed to them.

The spirit world is a place of waiting, working, learning, and for the righteous, resting from care and sorrow.

Chapter 41 – The Postmortal Spirit World

1997 [chapter 45] to 2009

In a funeral sermon, Joseph Smith declared Latter-day prophets have said that the spirits of righteous people those who have died “are not far from us, and know and understand our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and are often pained therewith” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 326 in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 18; or Ensign, June 1971, 33). Other latter-day prophets have made similar statements. President Ezra Taft Benson said: “Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, p. 18; or Ensign, June 1971, p. 33). President Brigham Young taught that the postmortal world is on the earth, around us (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 279) said: “Where is the spirit world? It is right here” (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 376)

Why is it important to know that our spirits will have the same attitudes in the spirit world that they have now?

After suffering in full for their sins, they will be allowed, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to inherit the lowest degree of glory, which is the telestial kingdom.

The hell in the spirit world will not continue forever. Even the spirits who have committed the greatest sins will have suffered sufficiently by the end of the Millennium (see Acts 2:25-27). They will then be resurrected.

Chapter 42 – The Gathering of the House of Israel

1997 to 2009

The capital city of Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C., and many members of the remaining two tribes of Israel were taken captive. Later, some of the members of these tribes returned and rebuilt Jerusalem. Just before Jerusalem was destroyed, Lehi and his family, who were members of the house of Israel, left the city and settled in the Americas. The Lamanites are descendants of Lehi’s people.

The Lord has some important reasons for gathering the Israelites. The people of Israel need to learn the teachings of the gospel and prepare themselves to meet the Savior when he comes again. The Israelites have the responsibility of building temples and performing sacred ordinances for ancestors who died without having this opportunity. The covenant people of God must take the gospel to all nations. They must fulfill the covenant to be a blessing to all the world.

God gathers His children through missionary work. As people come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ, receiving the ordinances of salvation and keeping the associated covenants, they become “the children of the covenant” (3 Nephi 20:26). He has important reasons for gathering His children. He gathers them so they can learn the teachings of the gospel and prepare themselves to meet the Savior when He comes. He gathers them so they will build temples and perform sacred ordinances for ancestors who have died without having this opportunity: He gathers them so they can strengthen one another and be unified in the gospel, finding protection from unrighteous influences in the world. He also gathers them so they can prepare themselves to share the gospel with others

The physical gathering of Israel means that the covenant people Israelites will be “gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise” (see 2 Nephi 9:2)…

Bruce R. McConkie said: “Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Israel who live in its area. “The gathering place for Peruvians is in the stakes of Zion in Peru, or in the places which soon will become stakes. The gathering place for Chileans is in Chile; for Bolivians it is in Bolivia; for Koreans it is in Korea; and so it goes through all the length and breadth of the earth. Scattered Israel in every nation is called to gather to the fold of Christ, to the stakes of Zion, as such are established in their nations” (“Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, p. 118).

Russell M. Nelson said: “The choice to come unto Christ is not a matter of physical location; it is a matter of individual commitment. People can be ‘brought to the knowledge of the Lord; [3 Nephi 20:13] without leaving their homelands. True, in the early days of the Church, conversion often meant emigrations as well. but now the gathering takes place in each nation … The place of gathering for Brazilian Saints is Brazil; the place of gathering for Nigerian Saints is Nigeria; the place of gathering for Korean Saints is in Korea; and so forth. Zion is ‘the pure in heart.’ [D&C 97:21.] Zion is wherever righteous Saints are” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2006, 85; or Ensign, Nov. 2006, 81).

Jeremiah 31:7-14 (lost tribes to come from the north countries)

D&C 133:26-34 (ten tribes to return from the north)

Chapter 43 – Signs of the Second Coming

The Lamanites Will Become a Great People Lehi’s Descendants Will Become a Great People

The Lord said that when his coming was near, the Lamanites would become a righteous and respected people. He said, “Before the great day of the Lord shall come, . . . the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose” (D&C 49:24). Great numbers of Lehi’s descendants Lamanites in North and South America and the South Pacific are now receiving the blessings of the gospel…

We do not need to worry about the calamities have been warned of calamities and told to prepare for them, but we can look forward to the coming of the Savior and be glad.

Chapter 45 – The Millennium

1997 to 2009

Because of the destruction of the wicked at the Savior’s Second Coming, only righteous people will live on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium. They will be those who have lived virtuous and honest lives. These people will either inherit the terrestrial or celestial kingdom

Brigham Young taught that there will be nonmembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living on earth as well as members

Joseph Smith explained that Jesus and the resurrected Saints will probably not live on the earth all the time but will visit whenever they please or when necessary to help in the governing of the earth will “reign over the Saints and come down and instruct” (see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith [2007], 258)…

The earth will again be as it was when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden (see Articles of Faith 1:10). The whole earth will be a delightful garden. There will not be different continents as we have now, but the land will be gathered in one place as it was in the beginning (see D&C 133:23-24)

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that during the Millennium, “the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory” (Articles of Faith 1:10)

Chapter 46 – The Final Judgment

1997 to 2009

In this scripture [Revelation 20:12], John the Revelator is referring to the Final Judgment. This judgment is the last in a long series of judgments. In the premortal life all spirits who were judged worthy were allowed to receive a body and come to earth

Terrestrial – They will be visited by Jesus Christ but not by our Heavenly Father. (See D&C 76:73-79.) They will not be part of eternal families; they will live separately and singly forever (see D&C 131:1-4).

Chapter 47 – Exaltation

1985 to 1992

When we lived with our Heavenly Father, he explained a plan for progression to us, his spirit children our progression. We could become like him, an exalted being. The plan required that we be separated from him and come to earth. This separation was necessary to prove whether we would obey our Father’s commandments even though we were no longer in his presence. The plan provided that when earth life ended, we would be judged and rewarded according to the degree of our faith and obedience. We would then be assigned to the place for which we had earned for our eternal home prepared.

Jesus taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2). From the scriptures we learn that there are three degrees or kingdoms of glory in heaven…

Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become Gods like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation.

If we prove faithful and obedient to all the commandments of the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, just like our Heavenly Father. Exaltation is the highest reward greatest gift that our Heavenly Father can give his The Lord has said that exaltation is the greatest gift of all the gifts of God children (see D&C 14:7)…

Those who live the commandments of the Lord and receive eternal life (exaltation) exaltation in the celestial kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ will receive special blessings. The Lord has said: promised, “All things are theirs” (D&C 76:59). These are some of the special blessings given to exalted people…

List some of the blessings that will be given to those who earn exaltation. List some of the blessings that will be given to those who are exalted

There are specific ordinances we must have received to be exalted: To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey his commandments.


He commands us all to receive certain ordinances:

We must receive the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost…

In addition to receiving the required ordinances, there are also many laws we have to obey the Lord commands all of us to qualify for exaltation. We must

In other words, each person must endure in faithfulness, keeping all the Lord’s commandments until the end of his life on earth. Finally, each of us needs to receive the Holy Ghost and learn to follow his direction in our individual lives

What happens when we have endured to the end and have been faithful? in faithful discipleship to Christ?

This is the way our Heavenly Father became a God…

Our Heavenly Father knows our trials, our weaknesses, and mistakes our sins.

1997 to 2009

We would then be assigned to the place for which we had prepared.

Jesus taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2)… If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, just like our Heavenly Father to live with our Heavenly Father in eternal families. Exaltation is the great­est gift that Heavenly Father can give His children (see D&C 14:7)…

Our Heavenly Father is perfect However, he is not jealous of his wisdom and perfection, and He glories in the fact that it is possible for His children to become like Him…

3. They will have be united eternally with their righteous family mem­bers with them and will be able to have spirit children also. These spirit children will have the same relationship to them as we do to our Heavenly Father. They will be an eternal family eternal increase

He commands us all to receive certain ordinances…

3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood.
4. We must receive the temple endowment.
5. We must be married for time and eternity, either in this life or in the next

In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord com­mands all of us to…

2. Keep the commandments
4. Live the law of chastity.
5. Pay honest tithes and offerings.
6. Be honest in our dealings with others and with the Lord.
7. Speak the truth always.
8. Obey the Word of Wisdom
10. Keep the Sabbath day holy
14. Honor our parents

Why are faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ necessary to become exalted?
What ordinances must we accept in order to become exalted?
What laws does the Lord give us that we must obey to become exalted?
How do ordinances and covenants prepare us for exaltation?
How does faith in Jesus Christ help us obey the commandments?

This is the way our Heavenly Father became God. Joseph Smith taught: “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God. . . . He was once a man like us; . . . God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 345-46)…

Imagine what joy each of us will have when we return to our Heavenly Father if we can say: “Father, I did what you wanted me to do I lived according to Thy will.

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