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                       Eternityís Door...

Many thousands of years ago, in a distant part of space,
       there were rumors of a new earth that was about to take place.
Everyone was very excited and curious about being able to take part.
       And then one day they were called together, a grand council was to start.
There was talk of two plans that were going to be presented,
       plans that Father would hear and would affect all who attended.

As they gathered, the excitement was very high and speculation filled the air.
       Among the crowd were two friends who had come to listen with care.
Suddenly the conference was called to order and everyone sat quietly.
       One of the plans was presented, argued not a soul would be lost eternally.
Itís formula was to force those who came to earth to always choose the right,
       removing their chance for failure and insuring them a future bright.

But like most others, those two friends felt fear of that plan in their heart.
       Then One arose whom they knew well and had loved right from the start.
He was powerful, yet gentle and in fact, He was like Father in every way.
       When He arose, the talking stopped. All wanted to hear what He would say.
"That wonít work," He said. "If it is good you want, force only works temporarily.
       Because if one chooses evil, he will choose it when youíre not there to see."

He offered a plan from The Father Himself, one that disallowed force to be used.
       To Him there had to be free agency, everyone had to freely choose.
For if they didnít have the opportunity to choose good or evil for themselves,
       then there would be no way they could be tested and prove their inner self.
The plan would require a veil of forgetfulness to come over their mind at birth.
       It would require a Savior to lead and guide them in the ways of eternal truth.

Besides free agency, it also provided a way for families to be sealed together.
       So those who came to earth and fell in love could keep their mates forever.
Father chose the plan of the second and chose Him to be the Savior as well.
       He agreed and in most of the crowd, the roar of a cheer did swell.
But then a rebellion arose, a fierce war of words over which way to choose.
       One third wanted the force, so there would be no way they could lose.

Afterwards, all those who had rebelled were cast out to an unknown fate.
       Those who had been faithful were allowed to go to the second estate.
The two friends had became very close after being together through it all,
       from the rumors, the grand council, the war and then the great fall.
But now they dreamed of things theyíd do when it was their time to come to earth,
       as they watched earthly events unfold and anxiously awaited their birth.

And though they would be apart at first, they vowed to find each other someday.
       Each would have something the other find familiar, if they search and pray.
It would be that something, that little something, that one would say or do,
       the other would dwell on and then one day say, "Hey, donít I know you?"
Here in this life they fell in love, having found their best friend from before.
       But now they were able to marry for eternity in the Temple of the Lord.
They experience more joy than one can imagine, these two friends from before
       because of the Father and Sonís plan ...that gave them the key to eternityís door.

   "Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me nor by my word,
   and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and
   marriage are not of force when they are dead, and when they are out of the world...If a man
   marry a wife by my word...and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who
   is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood...it shall
   be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time and
   through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world..." D&C 132: 15-19.

       Officer Samuel Jeppsen, #3751 May, 2K-b    www.LDSCOPS.com


 

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