Preparing for Exaltation, Teacher’s Manual, pg. 269; “Ordinances are Necessary for Entrance into the Celestial Kingdom
Chart and scripture discussion
Display the plan of salvation chart throughout the lesson.
What are the first principles and ordinances of the gospel?
Invite a class member to recite the fourth article of faith to help answer the question.
Why are the ordinances of baptism and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost important to us?
Have class members read and mark John 3:5. Point out that these ordinances are necessary for entrance into the celestial kingdom.
Explain that these are earthly ordinances that must be performed here on earth.
How many people do you think have lived on the earth and then died without hearing the gospel, being baptized, or receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost?
What will happen to these people?
Explain that if these people never receive earthly ordinances, they will be unable to enter the celestial kingdom, regardless of their righteousness. However, Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation applies to all his children, and he has provided a way for these people to hear the gospel and receive the ordinances, even though they were unable to do so when they were on the earth.”
John 3:5; “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Unless you’ve been born again you won’t be saved, period. When we are saved we will by the compulsion of the Holy Spirit be baptized. Baptism means nothing unless we are worshipping Him in spirit and truth as it says in John 4:24.
And as for the people who’ve died before us the Bible is very clear that everyone knows Him. Romans 1, Jeremiah 29-31…