How has the knowledge of the Plan of Happiness brought you closer to God? What brings you happiness?
We are centering the conference on Happiness.
The theme this year is, "If you understand the great plan of happiness and follow it, what goes on in the world will not determine your happiness.” A quotation by Boyd K. Packer.
President Boyd K. Packer gave a talk to all the religious educators in 1993 called "The Great Plan of Happiness" where he assigned all "to prepare a brief synopsis or overview of the plan of happiness—the plan of salvation. Design it as a framework on which your students can organize the truths you will share with them." Because of this presentation all Seminary, Institute and Come Follow Me curriculum start each year with teaching the Plan of Happiness. We invite you to do the same.
He doesn't leave us hanging, but gives us an idea of how to begin. Here is what he said, "I was really tempted to prepare a brief overview of the plan of happiness as a model for you to follow. And then I thought better of it. You need to prepare the outline yourself. Only then will you present it persuasively... It will require study and prayer and work. There is no question but that you will learn more in the process than any one of your students will learn. The very doing of it is your reward.
"I will give you the barest outline of the plan as a beginning, but you must assemble your framework yourself.
"The essential components of the great plan of happiness, of redemption, of salvation, are these:
"...There are fundamental truths which, if understood, will help our youth understand the plan of happiness and entice them to remain faithful.
"...Convince them of the reality of spiritual things. First teach them that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man” (D&C 88:15). Man is a dual being, a spirit within a mortal body."
We invite you to read the whole talk, plan to make a notebook or a record for yourself and then take it to your family and invite them to make one too. This has brought our family great joy and many, many amazing discussions. We will be sharing examples of these works at the conference and sharing pictures as they come in before the conference. Please share with us your experience with this invitation.