Emily Belle Freeman
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The Plan for Salvation

This upcoming Sunday we are starting a new theme for the youth curriculum.  The theme for the month of February is "The Plan of Salvation." You can read more about it here.

Come Follow Me: The Plan of Salvation

I once heard a story second hand that I have thought about quite a bit.

There once was a young lady who was talking with a friend of another faith.

This friend asked her if she would explain what the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understand and believe about the plan of salvation.

The young lady was eager to share.

She got out a piece of paper and drew several circles diagramming "the plan of salvation."

She explained living with God in the premortal world in circle one, the purpose of earth life in circle two, and on and through all the circles.

When she was done, she proudly waited a response.

The friend replied, "Oh.  You did what I was told you would do.  You drew a bunch of circles without once mentioning the name of Christ."

I feel so bad about the end of that story.

I am sorry if it made you sad.

Obviously the young woman knew about Christ's role in the plan of salvation.

She was just baited and I hope it's not true.

However, true or not, there is a powerful lesson in the story.

What is God's plan of salvation?

Sometimes I use the phrase "plan of salvation" without contemplating what it is I am actually saying.

Plan of Salvation.

Plans are blueprints.  They are organized steps of approach.

Salvation is the act of being saved.

What are God's plans for saving His children?

Step-by-step, how does He intend on getting us home?

What is His plan of salvation?

I like Moses 6:62.

"And now, behold, I say unto you: This is the aplan of salvation unto all men, through the bblood of mine cOnly Begotten, who shall come in the meridian of time."

The circles are the playing field.

His plan for saving His children--Christ.

He would send His Son.

That was His plan.

That is His plan.

Today and always.

I needed that truth this evening.

I have someone I love dearly who is in need of help.

She is lost.

She is losing her faith.

My heart aches to think about it.

Tonight I wondered whether I should I call her.

When I said that idea to call out loud, this is the advice I received:

"If you call her, just make sure you have a good plan."

A fitting response for our discussion here.

Moments after, a song about the Savior came on the radio.

Brother. Rescuer.  Healer.  Savior.

My eyes burned a little as I remembered that I didn't need a plan.

God already has one.

A perfect One.

Deliberate Discipleship:

Today can we believe in Christ a little more.  Can we think about Him more often?  Can we trust in His plan and in His timing a little more intently?  Can we ponder today how we can lead someone--invite someone--to go to Him?