Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What's in a Name?

Today in institute, we were discussing the Creation, the Fall, and the Plan of Salvation.  At one point during the lesson, the teacher listed a few of the names that the Plan has often been called: the Plan of Salvation, the Plan of Redemption, the Plan of Happiness, the Plan of Our God, and the Plan of Mercy.  Then she asked us which was our favorite name and why.  This question intrigued me.  I don't know if I've ever really thought about the actual names and why they might be important.  More than actually coming up with my favorite, I liked just being able to think about what each name means to me:

The Plan of Salvation: because of the Plan, we have a chance to be saved and to return to our Heavenly Father and receive eternal life.

The Plan of Redemption: the Savior has redeemed each of us from our sins.  As when one redeems a coupon at a store, and the purchased item belongs to that person, so we, through the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, become His.

The Plan of Happiness: the Savior took upon Himself our sins so that we could be freed from the misery of sin, and he took upon Himself all of our other burdens so that we can rejoice and be happy, both in this life and the next.

The Plan of Our God: how encouraging and reassuring it is to know that there is a plan at all and that this really is His Plan.

The Plan of Mercy: can any of us truly comprehend what an incredible blessing it is to receive the mercy of a loving Heavenly Father?

Anyway, those were just some thoughts that ran through my head tonight, and I felt impressed to share them.

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