Viewed the new video on family history work.
We are not commanded to do the work for "the" dead we are commanded to do the work for "your" dead.
When you do temple work you are getting a small glimpse of what the savior did for us by being a proxy for some to do something they can not do for themselves.
2 Nephi 3-5
The Covenant Made With Abraham.
- His posterity would be numerous (see Genesis 17:5–6; Abraham 2:9; 3:14).
- His seed, or descendants, would receive the gospel and bear the priesthood (see Abraham 2:9).
- Through the ministry of his seed, "all the families of the earth [would] be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal" (Abraham 2:11).
We are heirs of the promises and also the obligations of the Abrahamic covenant. A person can receive all the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant—even if he or she is not a literal descendant of Abraham—by obeying the laws and ordinances of the gospel (see Galatians 3:26–29; 4:1–7; D&C 84:33–40).
Abraham’s sons were Isaac and Ishmael. The nations of Islam trace their lineage to Ishmael.
Isaac has a son Jacob, who becomes Israel.
Israel has 12 sons. One is Judah, who Christ came through. Another is Joseph. Joseph was in captivity for a wise purpose to save his people. This is a pattern with the descendants of Joseph. Joseph has two sons and Jacob adopts them as hid own sons.
Lehi, a descendant of Joseph has 5 sons and the sons of Ishmael and Zoram the servant of Laban.
2 Nephi 3:5
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.
One of the speakers said that President Benson gave council that it was Adam's job to work for bread, not Eve.
Stand in holy places - hymn Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth - 298
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
“One work colleague who was not a member of our Church said to me, ‘Why do you continue to go to a church that puts so much emphasis on marriage and families?’ My simple answer to her was, ‘Because it is true!’ I can be just as single and just as childless outside of the Church. But with the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I found happiness and I knew I was on the path the Savior would have me follow. I found joy and many opportunities to serve, to love, and to grow.” (Barbara Thompson, “Mind the Gap”, General Relief Society Meeting September 2010)
From the Bulletin
“Integrity means always doing what is right, regardless of the immediate consequences. it means being righteous from the very depth of our soul, not only in our actions but, more importantly, in our thoughts and in our hearts. Personal integrity implies such trustworthiness that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant.
We all have within us the ability to know what is right and good. Having received the Spirit of Christ to know good from evil, we should always choose the good. We need not be misled, even though fraud, deception, deceit, and duplicity often seem to be acceptable in our world. Lying, stealing, and cheating are commonplace. Integrity, a firm adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards, is essential to the life of a true Latter-day Saint.
The consummate reward of integrity is the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost (see 121146). The Holy Ghost does not attend us when we do evil. But when we do what is right, he can dwell with us and guide us in all we do.
Let us strive for personal, practical integrity in every endeavor, regardless of how mundane or inconsequential it may seem. The small matters accumulate to shape the direction of our lives.Integrity, a firm adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards, is essential to the life of a true Latter-day Saint.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Priceless Integrity”