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Our Fallen Condition We have been sent to a fallen world, a scene abounding in uncertainty, death, & disease. We have inherited a world of misery and.

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2 Our Fallen Condition We have been sent to a fallen world, a scene abounding in uncertainty, death, & disease. We have inherited a world of misery and woe where hard things happen and innocent people suffer. It is a landscape filled with contradictions, irony, and injustice. Yet, we suppose that fallen worlds have always been designed to try men’s souls. Additionally, Satan is here and “goeth about as a lion seeking whom he may devour.” The battles which rage among mankind do not compare to the battles that rage within mankind, for we have inherited fallen bodies with carnal cravings, sensual inclinations, and devilish desires. When these are mixed into a mortal scene teeming with temptations and swirling with sinful stimulus beckoning each of us down forbidden paths, we truly stand “in jeopardy every hour” (1 Cor. 15:30). All of this—the uncertainty and suffering, the contradictions and injustice, the temptations and enticements of the flesh—creates a context of struggle wherein we are to gain the mastery and to come off conquerors. We have, in essence, been sent to enemy territory with this one grand imperative command from our Father ringing in our ears: “Overcome the World.”

3 Principles: Redemption is through the Atonement of Christ We access the power of the Atonement of Christ by making and keeping covenants. The temple reverses the effects of the Fall and helps us to regain God’s presence. Just as the Fall cast us out of God’s presence, the Atonement and temple help us to regain God’s presence. As we keep our temple covenants we gain access to the full power of Christ’s atonement and are able to ultimately overcome the world.

4 Text Redemption from the Fall

5  To Eden To Eternal Life  “When Adam fell, it was as if the human race had fallen into a pit, from which they were powerless, by any act of their own, to emerge; having no means whereby to climb up and out, and not even knowing how to climb [or that they even need to]….

6  To Eden To Eternal Life 

7  To Eden To Eternal Life  What is our common inheritance in “the pit” of mortality? Moses 6:48-49 We will all Die Partake of Misery & Woe Satan is here Temptations abound Carnal, Sensual, Devilish Shut Out from God

8 Text The Fall = Cut off from God’s Presence

9 Text The Atonement = Regaining God’s Presence

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11 The Presence of God (Celestial)

12 Paradisiacal State (Terrestrial)

13 Lone and Dreary World (Telestial)

14 Moses 5:4 What question do you think they asked?

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17 The somewhat gruesome nature of blood sacrifice has led some people to ask, “How could such an activity have anything to do with the gospel of love?” M. Russell Ballard Quorum of the Twelve (CES Symposium on the New Testament, 13 August 1996)

18 Text Moses 5:6-8

19 Animal Sacrifice The Sacrament

20 Our Only Hope

21 Lone and Dreary World (Telestial)

22 The Offering of a Lamb What’s the Turning Point?

23 Repentance means “a turning of the heart and will to God, and a renunciation of sin to which we are naturally inclined…. Repentance is not optional for salvation; it is a commandment of God.” Bible Dictionary “Repentance” (p ) “Repentance requires spiritual dominion over appetites of the flesh.” Russell M. Nelson Quorum of the Twelve (BYU Speeches, 29 March 1987)

24 “Real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed!” Neal A. Maxwell Quorum of the Twelve (Ensign, May 1995, 68)

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26 “How is it that we show the Lord that we have symbolically put ourselves upon today’s sacrificial altar?… “When we overcome our own selfish desires and put God first in our lives and covenant to serve him regardless of the cost, then we are living the law of sacrifice.” M. Russell Ballard Quorum of the Twelve (CES Symposium on the New Testament, 13 August 1996)

27 How to Regain God’s Presence Moses 5:5-8 (Recap of Moses 5:5-8) 1.Worship the Lord God (Law of Obedience) “Ye are the servant of whom ye choose to obey” (Rom. 6:16) “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) 2.Law of Sacrifice 3.Repent 4.Call upon God in the name of the Son

28 Enoch adds significant details to this account: Moses 6:50-52 What do we call the combined elements of verse 52?

29 3 Nephi 27 The Law of the Gospel

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31 M. Russell Ballard (Quorum of the Twelve) a pattern of living “The doctrine of faith in Christ, repentance, making and renewing and keeping covenants, and being directed by the Spirit will become a pattern of living. Our actions in daily life are shaped and governed by these doctrinal principles.” (CES Fireside for Young Adults, November 7, 2010, Brigham Young University) Preach My Gospel Peace and joy come from following this way,and we gradually grow in Christlike attributes “Faith in Christ; repentance; making, renewing, and keeping covenants; and being cleansed by the Spirit become a pattern of living. Our actions in daily life are shaped and governed by these principles. Peace and joy come from following this way, and we gradually grow in Christlike attributes.” (Preach My Gospel, p.66) The Law of the Gospel: A Pattern of Living

32 Faith in Christ Repentance Covenants Making, Renewing, & Keeping Receive the Holy Ghost Purified/ Sanctified Grow in Christlike Attributes The Law of the Gospel

33 Adam’s Question— Moses 6:53 God’s Answer— Moses 6:54-62

34 Part 1: Why do we need to Repent? Moses 6:54-57

35 first second “[C]hildren are conceived in sin: meaning first, that they are conceived into a world of sin, and second, that conception is the vehicle by which the effects of the Fall (not the original transgression, which God has forgiven) are transmitted to Adam's posterity. To say that we are not punished for the transgression is not to say that we are not subject to and affected by it.... Robert Millet LDS Scholar (Life in Christ, p )

36 “Adam's fallen nature is passed on to his children and thereby from generation to generation. Thus sin is implanted in man's nature at conception, just as death is implanted at the same time. Both of these—death and sin—are present only in seed form at conception, and therefore a child is neither dead nor sinful when born. Death and sin do, however, come to pass as a result of man's nature as he grows up. Sin comes naturally, just as does death.” Robert Millet LDS Scholar (Life in Christ, p )

37 Part 2: Why do we need to be Baptized? Moses 6:58-60

38 “[God] could have set up rules in His kingdom whereby a nod, a handclasp, a kiss or a signature, could have been the entrance requirement, into the Kingdom, instead of baptism, but He did not.” “By the Water ye keep the Commandment” Spencer W. Kimball Quorum of the Twelve (Jan. 16, 1963, BYU Speeches of the Year, 13)

39 Justified “By the Spirit ye are Justified…”

40 If you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost during this day, or even this evening, you may take it as evidence that the Atonement is working in your life. Henry B. Eyring Quorum of the Twelve (CES Fireside, September 10, 2006 BYU)

41 cleansing power “The cleansing power of our Savior’s Atonement is renewed for us as we partake of the sacrament.” Dallin H. Oaks Quorum of the Twelve (Ensign, Nov 1998, 37)

42 should … be preceded by repentance “The renewal of our covenants by partaking of the sacrament should … be preceded by repentance, so we come to that sacred ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit (see 2 Ne. 2:7; 3 Ne. 12:19; D&C 59:8).” Dallin H. Oaks Quorum of the Twelve (“Always Have His Spirit”, Ensign, November 1996, p.59)

43 “Let everyone who is guilty of sins they have not repented of … refuse to partake of that bread, also of that water … until they have repented;… for unless you do, you shall drink damnation to yourselves, until you make restitution. I do not care who the persons are.” Heber C. Kimball First Presidency (J of D, 4:81)

44 Sanctified “By the Blood ye are Sanctified.”

45 “[E]verything in the temple is founded in the Atonement.” Robert D. Hales Quorum of the Twelve (Return: Four Phases of Our Mortal Journey Home, p ) Russell M. Nelson Quorum of the Twelve ("Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings," Ensign, May 2001, 32) “The basis for every temple ordinance and covenant—the heart of the plan of salvation— is the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

46 How Do We Gain Access to the Power of the Atonement of Christ? Articles of Faith 1:3

47 Let’s Review!

48 How to Regain God’s Presence Moses 5:5-8; 6:50-68 (Recap of Moses 5:5-8; 6:50-68) 1.Law of Obedience 2.Law of Sacrifice 3.Law of the Gospel Believe Repent Be baptized Receive the Holy Ghost 4.Call upon God in the name of the Son 5.Enter into “the Order” of the Son of God Receive all of the Temple Ordinances

49 “To enter into the order of the Son of God is the equivalent today of entering into the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood, which is only received in the house of the Lord…. “Adam and his descendants entered into the priesthood order of God. Today we would say they went to the House of the Lord and received their blessings.” Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Aug. 1985, pp. 6-10)

50 How to Regain God’s Presence Moses 5:5-8; 6:50-68 (Recap of Moses 5:5-8; 6:50-68) 1.Law of Obedience 2.Law of Sacrifice 3.Law of the Gospel Believe Repent Be baptized Receive the Holy Ghost 4.Call upon God in the name of the Son 5.Enter into “the Order” of the Son of God Receive all of the Temple Ordinances

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52 Text The Fall = Cut off from God’s Presence

53 Text The Atonement = Regaining God’s Presence

54 The Law of Obedience and Sacrifice

55 law of obedience and sacrificelaw of the gospel law of chastitylaw of consecration “[O]ur Father in Heaven has ordained certain holy sanctuaries, called temples, in which [celestial] laws may be fully explained, the laws include the law of obedience and sacrifice, the law of the gospel, the law of chastity, and the law of consecration.” Ezra Taft Benson Quorum of the Twelve (BYU devotional, 12 April 1977)

56 The Law of Obedience and Sacrifice The Law of the Gospel

57 The Law of Obedience and Sacrifice The Law of the Gospel The Law of Consecration

58 The Altar of Incense and Consecration In Hebrew the word “consecrate” means literally “fill the hand” or “fill his hand,” referring to incense in the hand.

59 The Altar of Incense and Consecration In Rev. 8:1-5 an angel (i.e., a priest) burns incense at the altar of incense in the temple. Verse 4 explicitly states that the smoke of the incense ascends up from the angel's “hand.” Numbers 7:80 mentions the offering of a “golden spoon, filled with incense.” The Hebrew word translated here for “spoon” is kaph, the same word for the “palm” of the hand (i.e., a spoon is an extension of one’s cupped palm).

60 Here are a few ancient Egyptian parallels portraying burning incense on hand-shaped censers or in small incense pots held in cupped hands:

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63 The Altar of Incense and Consecration We must offer with our hands all that we have—i.e., make everything we have holy to the Lord. Also, the relationship of burning incense in the temple and praying with “uplifted hands” is demonstrated in Psalm 141:2 (cf. Luke 1:9- 10 and Rev. 5:8; 8:3-4).

64 The Law of Obedience and Sacrifice The Law of the Gospel The Law of Consecration

65 Faith Repentance Holy Ghost W & A Endowment Marriage Baptism Moses 6:67 Moses 3:25 Moses 4:27 Moses 6:64-65 Did Adam & Eve Receive All of the Ordinances?

66 In the Garden, Adam and Eve were: Married for eternity (Moses 3:25; implied) Clothed with aprons of fig-leaves (Moses 4:13) Clothed in a garment of skins (Moses 4:27) Given the Key words of the priesthood (Abraham, facsimile #2, Fig. 3 explanation)

67 “Prior to their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were clad in sacred clothing. [See Moses 4:27; Gen. 3:21] They received this clothing in a context of instruction on the Atonement, sacrifice, repentance, and forgiveness (see Moses 5:5–8). The temple garment given to Latter-day Saints is provided in a similar context. Elder Carlos E. Asay Quorum of the Seventy (Ensign, Aug 1997, 19)

68 “It is given to remind wearers of the continuing need for repentance, the need to honor binding covenants made in the house of the Lord, and the need to cherish and share virtue in our daily living so that promised blessings may be claimed.” Elder Carlos E. Asay Quorum of the Seventy (Ensign, Aug 1997, 19)

69 What were Adam & Eve’s reactions when they learned of God’s Plan of Redemption? Moses 5:10-12

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