Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Life On Earth

  What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? I am grateful for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that has given me answers to these soul searching questions. Simply, the purpose of this life is to be happy (2 Nephi 2:25) and to prepare to return to God’s presence one day (Alma 34:32).

"He Lives" By Simon Dewey
  Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, we live in mortality which has brought us to a condition where we are subject to both physical and spiritual death. God has a perfect, glorified, immortal body of flesh and bones. To become like God and return to His presence, we too must have a perfect, immortal body of flesh and bones. However, because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, every person on earth has an imperfect, mortal body and will eventually die. That is why we needed a Savior to die for us and to be risen, so that we too can one day overcome death. If it weren't for Jesus Christ's atonement, death would end all hope for a future existence with Heavenly Father. With that being said, the Savior's atoning sacrifice is absolutely central to Heavenly Father's plan of salvation.
  I know that Jesus Christ died for you and me. He took upon Himself the pains and suffering of all mankind (Alma 7:11-12). More importantly, I know that He lives. Because He lives, I know that all of us will one day rise from the grave as well.

   Along with death, sin is a major obstacle that keeps us from becoming like our Father in Heaven and returning to His presence. (1 Nephi 10:21) In our mortal state we often yield to temptation, break God’s commandments, and sin. None of us are perfect and during our life on earth each of us makes mistakes. Though it may seem difficult, this is indeed part of Heavenly Father's plan for us to learn and grow.
  Sin always leads to unhappiness (Alma 41:10). Sin causes feelings of guilt and shame. Because of our sins, we are unable to return to live with Heavenly Father unless we are first forgiven and cleansed through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 2:8).
  President Thomas S. Monson once said, "True happiness comes from losing yourself in the service of others." I testify that that is true. Part of our life on earth is learning to become more like Jesus Christ. There is no better way to become like the Savior than by serving others.

Part of our life on earth is learning to become more like Jesus Christ. There is no better way to become like the Savior than by serving others.

   While we are in mortality, we have experiences that bring us happiness. We also have experiences that bring us pain and sorrow, some of which is caused by the sinful acts of others. These experiences provide us opportunities to learn and to grow, to distinguish good from evil, and to make choices. God influences us to do good; Satan tempts us to commit sin. As with physical death, we cannot overcome the effects of sin by ourselves. We are helpless without the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

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