- Our Father's plan is about families. Several of our most poignant scriptures use the concept of the tree with its roots and branches as an analogy.
Specifically, concerning baptism, Elder Cook says:
- The Savior was emphatic about the necessity of baptism. What about the deceased who have not been baptized?
To answer this question, Elder Cook shared a letter from Vilate Kimball to her husband Heber C. Kimball while he was serving a mission in Great Britain. She wrote:
- We had the largest and most interesting conference that ever has been since the Church was organized. President Joseph Smith has opened a new glorious subject. That is being baptized for the dead. I want to be baptized for my mother. Is not this a glorious doctrine?
Of the temple ordinances, he says:
- The essential doctrine of uniting families came forth line upon line and precept upon precept. Vicarious ordinances are at the heart of welding together eternal families, connecting roots to branches.
Concerning doing family history and temple work, Elder Cook shares:
- This is the last dispensation, and we can feel the hastening of the work of salvation in every area where a saving ordinance is involved. We now have temples across much of the world to provide these saving ordinances. Attending the temple for spiritual renewal, peace, safety and direction in our lives is also a great blessing.
I attended the temple with my youngest daughter this week. It was her first time as she just turned 12. She was so happy and shared with me how happy she was to know within her soul that she has a loving Father in Heaven who knows her and loves her. God loves all his children and that is why he has given us the temple. It truly is where two worlds meet.