So, last week, we left off having discussed the importance of the law of the great plan of happiness that our Father in Heaven has for us. And while, I am greatful for this understanding, I feel that visualizations of gospel principles is helpful for me.
So, I tried to picture how the law would fit into a model of the gospel. First, I started by using the pillar model that was implied by Bruce R. McKonkie in his Christ and the Creation. And I came up with these three possiple models:
This model seems very likely, but it didn’t seem to represent the interaction between the Law and the other three pilars of the gospel. So, I tried to think of a way that would represent that relationship.
With the Law on top, this shows the relationship of the Law to the other three pillars, but it removed the Church from this picture, and I am nor sure it si very accurate. So, finally, I decided that there need to be a way that showed the relationship as well as kept the Church where I remember it originally being.
While not as clean as ther others, I felt that this may be a more accurate representation. However, I really felt that it lacked something. So, I abandonded the pillar model, and opted for a more modern flowchart model. Without getting into too much detail, about how I came to this model, I simply decided that the best way to model the relationship that I found between the law and the three pillars is in this graphic.
I finally settled on this model, because not only does is show the relationship between the Law and all three “pillars”. But it also shows the relationship between the creation and the fall, and the fall and the atonement.
Each of the arrows, can be represented by a scripture (specifically found in 2 Nephi 2). Each scripture helps to establish that their is a doctrinal foundation to this model. We will discuss these scriptures more in the next Solemn & Sagacious Sunday.
I confirm my testimony of the importance of the gospel in our lives, and I pray that this model will aid in your understanding of these things. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.