This is a really great explanation on why the plan of salvation and Christ’s redemption ARE the plan of happiness. Jacob does such a great job of giving us the full picture.
The Plan of Happiness
- Death came to us all. – Adam and Eve fell, and we were cut off from the Lord. We became susceptible to physical death and spiritual death (hell). (2 Nephi 9:6)
- Christ died and was resurrected so we could all overcome death. Because of the fall, needed an intercessor. We needed a redeemer. Christ came to the earth, lived a perfect life, suffered for our sins, was crucified, and was resurrected. This empowered all of us to be able to break the bonds of death. It’s really good news. (2 Nephi 9:7-8)
- Because of Christ, we are free to choose – we can choose death by following Satan and refusing to repent of our sins (which the Savior has already suffered). Or we can choose life by living a life worthy to be in the presence of the Lord. No unclean thing can dwell with God. This is why Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden in the first place. However, God loves us. He has offered to us Christ – so that we can be made clean through His Atonement. When we choose this, we are blessed with joy. (2 Nephi 9-18)
One blog post really doesn’t do this subject justice. It is simple, but there is still more that can be said.
But the main idea that remains is this: We can have joy and happiness. We aren’t consigned to a neverending state of death and hell. We can live again. We can live forever. And this was made possible through Christ. All we need to do is follow Him.