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Abraham by Mind Map: Abraham
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Thesis Statement

Lessons Learned

Connection to my Salvation

How can it impact our behaviors and attitudes

I wake up and read my scriptures and pray everyday now.

There is no break from righteousness.

I think about how I am so self absorbed, and I need a break from school.

I am never alone if I seek for the good in life.

My desires have matured and testimony bearing will be very different.

Getting married means even more to me and temple work is just around the corner.

Teaches me to learn from the past, live in the present, and prepare for the future.


Every young man who receives the Aaronic Priesthood and goes on to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood also becomes a son of Moses and of Aaron (see D&C 84:34). To be the son of someone implies that you will follow his righteous example—that you carry his name with proper dignity and respect. It also means that the blessings he receives from Heavenly Father may become yours as well. The greatest promise is that the priesthood entitles us to receive the Father and the Son into our lives. Therefore, “all that my Father hath,” said the Savior, “shall be given unto him” (D&C 84:38). All of this means that you have a family duty to perform. Your life is committed to keeping the commandments of God, preparing yourself to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, receiving an endowment of power in the sacred temple, serving a full-time mission, and passing these blessings on to your posterity by being sealed in the temple to a worthy companion. Abraham’s covenant with God is also your covenant with God. You could do nothing worse than to break that commitment. "In Abraham’s Footsteps" By Elder F. Melvin Hammond

In other words, heirship to the eternal blessings promised to Abraham hinges on individual righteousness. It is not one’s pedigree but one’s obedience to the doctrine of Christ that qualifies him eternally as Abraham’s seed. "Of Compasses and Covenants" By Elder Lance B. Wickman

Our very identity as holders of the priesthood and the seed of Abraham is in large measure defined by the responsibility to proclaim the gospel. We are the seed of Abraham. One of the primary reasons we receive a patriarchal blessing is to help us more fully understand who we are as the posterity of Abraham and to recognize the responsibility that rests upon us. We were foreordained in the premortal existence and born into mortality to fulfill the covenant and promise God made to Abraham. We are here upon the earth at this time to magnify the priesthood and to preach the gospel. That is who we are, and that is why we are here—today and always. You may enjoy music, athletics, or be mechanically inclined, and someday you may work in a trade or a profession or in the arts. As important as such activities and occupations can be, they do not define who we are. First and foremost, we are spiritual beings. We are sons of God and the seed of Abraham: - "Becoming a Missionary" Elder David A. Bednar

This partial fulfillment of prophecy has led many earnest people, believers in the Bible, to examine historical data, with a view of tracing the course of Israelitish blood among the nations. The British-Israel movement is foremost in the search. An impressive mass of information has been and is being gathered by them. If their findings are correct, which show the location on earth of the preponderance of Israelitish blood, then the restored gospel has been accepted most readily in the nations where the blood of Abraham is most dominant—among the British and North Europeans. Unfortunately, many persons have become too enthusiastic and have been tempted to bend their findings to their desires, and to other matters than those contained in the covenant. Others, unacquainted with the gospel and its course on earth, have made a near religion of the search. "Classic Discourses from the General Authorities: A Covenant People" by Elder John A. Widtsoe

We are married in the temple—and so receive the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as promised by Elias—because of the sealing power restored by Elijah. Once we have received these blessings for ourselves and our posterity, we seek to make them available to our ancestors who died without a knowledge of the gospel and who would have received them with all their hearts had they lived when such blessings were available to them. The divine decree is: Save thyself and thy kindred. "A New Commandment: Save Thyself and Thy Kindred!" By Bruce R. McConkie

In other words, heirship to the eternal blessings promised to Abraham hinges on individual righteousness. It is not one’s pedigree but one’s obedience to the doctrine of Christ that qualifies him eternally as Abraham’s seed. "Of Compasses and Covenants" By Elder Lance B. Wickman

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been restored in these latter days to fulfill ancient promises of the Lord. It is part of the “restitution of all things.” 39 Committed children of the covenant remain steadfast, even in the midst of adversity. We shall “be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son.” 40 Yet we are strengthened by this promise of the Lord: “Ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God— “Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things. … “Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel." "Children of the Covenant" Elder Russell M. Nelson

“Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Matt. 13:45–46). You and I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is the pearl of great price. Each of those little grains of sand are Abraham’s children. They need to be cultured to become pearls. They need the right friend, a responsibility to help them grow in service, and nourishment with charity to retain them to truly become pearls of great worth in our Father’s kingdom. President Hinckley said: “Be friendly. You have to make a friend before you make a convert. Conversion follows friendship. The opportunity to teach follows friendship” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 375). Do we invite our friends to come to church with us? Do we go with the missionaries as they teach the discussions to our friends? Do we invite them to be taught in our homes? Do we visit them between the discussions? Are we doing what the Savior would have us do? Do we even open our mouths? The Lord said: “But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them. "Pearls from the Sand" Elder E Ray Bateman

Instead, let us have integrity like Abraham did, observing with all soberness the solemn contracts we have made with God. I testify to you that we can become as Abraham, who now, as a result of his valiance, “hath entered into his exaltation and sitteth upon his throne.” (D&C 132:29.) Is such exaltation a blessing reserved only for General Authorities, or stake presidents, or quorum presidents, or bishops? It is not. It is a blessing reserved for all who will prepare themselves by forsaking their sins, by truly receiving the Holy Ghost into their lives, and by following the example Abraham has set. If members of the Church could only have such integrity, such obedience, such revelation, such faith, such service as Abraham had! If parents would seek the blessings Abraham sought, they could also receive such revelation, covenants, promises, and eternal rewards as Abraham received. Remember that Abraham sought for his appointment to the priesthood. He did not wait for God to come to him; he sought diligently through prayer and obedient living to learn the will of God. Here then, is the challenge the Lord gives every returned missionary, every single man and woman, every father and mother in the Church: “Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham.” (D&C 132:32.) . "First Presidency Message" The Example of Abraham By President Spencer W. Kimball