For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
1. I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;
Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.
Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan,
All about earth and eternal salvation for man.
2. Father said he needed someone who had enough love
To give his life so we all could return there above.
There was another who sought for the honor divine.
Jesus said, “Father, send me, and the glory be thine.”
3. Jesus was chosen, and as the Messiah he came,
Conquering evil and death through his glorious name,
Giving us hope of a wonderful life yet to be–
Home in that heaven where Father is waiting for me.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking everyone: What is your favorite cookie?
After going around, ask everyone: what ingredients are in your favorite cookie? (Common answers generally include, salt, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, butter, etc.)
Read aloud: The Plan of Salvation, also known as the Plan of Happiness or the Plan of Redemption, is the plan God has organized to bring us home to heaven and to make us more like him. It is centered on Jesus Christ. There are a lot of parts to this plan, including information about where we lived before we came to Earth, what our purpose in life is, and what will happen to us after we die.
Ask: What are some of the parts of the Plan of Salvation? (you can use the information here to give a brief overview of the stages of the Plan of Salvation)
Read aloud: One way we can understand the Plan of Salvation is to think of cookies!
Each part of a cookie recipe is essential. If we were to eat salt or butter all by itself, it would taste bad. However, when we put it in the proper context, we realize we are making something delicious! The same is true of the Plan of Salvation. When we look at some of the pieces, such as trials or even death, we may not understand why we need them. When we know the Plan of Salvation, we begin to understand why each part is necessary. God has something beautiful and wonderful in store for us, if we follow the recipe he has given us.
Ask: How does understanding the Plan of Salvation bless your life?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
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-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup shortening
-1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1/4 cup pure maple syrup
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. cream of tartar
-1/8 tsp. salt
-3 egg yolks
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
-1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
-1/4 cup butter, melted
-3 tbs. pure maple syrup
-2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add the next 6 ingredients (through the salt). Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat in flour.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (tops will still look slightly soft).
4. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Centers will dip as cookies cool. Drizzle with maple icing.
To make maple icing: Stir together 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk with 1/4 cup melted butter and 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Whisk in 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar to make icing drizzling consistency.
(Courtesy of Dear Crissy)
Use the cookie recipe (or your favorite recipe) to make cookies together. If time permits, consider giving some away as a service project.