Old Testament #2 – “Thou Wast Chosen…”

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God himself, who sits enthroned in yonder heaven, is a man like one of you. That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today and you were to see the great God who holds this world in its orbit and upholds all things by his power, you would see him in the image and very form of a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion and image of God. He received instruction from and walked, talked, and conversed with him as one man talks and communes with another. . .” – Joseph Smith, ‘King Follett Discourse’

Points to Ponder

  • What is an ‘ordinance’?
  • What is ‘ordination’? 
  • What is ‘foreordination’?
  • What are the differences between ‘foreordination’ and ‘predestination’?
  • Alma 13:1-3 describes those who were ‘foreordained’ to receive Priesthood, and that they had faith and good works, but didn’t harden their hearts. What do you do to keep your heart softened and resist pride?
  • What does it mean to be ‘chosen’?
  • What additional responsibilities come your way as being part of chosen Israel?
  • How do we sometimes get the notion of Foreordination wrong?
  • How does your perspective on life change when you understand that choices you made before life shaped the opportunities you face here?
  • How does your perspective on life change when you understand that choices you make here will shape the opportunities you face in the next stage of existence?

 

Materials Shared in Class

4 Ways to Break a Bad Scripture Study Habit

Class Member Study Guide

Ancient Theology of Creationcreatio ex nihilo, or ‘creation from nothing’

LDS Theology of Creationevolutio eternus, or ‘endless unrolling or progression’

Ordinances: a ceremony that unites God and Mankind

 

Additional Materials

Joseph Smith Papers | The Book of Abraham Manuscripts

CES Manual | The Doctrine of Foreordination of Israel

Kevin Barney’s (LDS historian) masterful blog post about the Abraham papyrii

BYU Studies | Development of Doctrine of Preexistence

Encyclopedia of Mormonism | Foreordination

Wikipedia | Apocalypse of Abraham

Maxwell Institute | Abraham’s Vision of the Heavens

 

 

 

 

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