Friday, October 28, 2011

Earth Life: Why am I here?

     One of the blessings of Adam and Eve partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is that all of us who are on the earth now, were able to come here. What a sweet blessing! I know I'm grateful that I was able to get my chance on earth because that was one of the main parts of God's Plan, for us to have to opportunity to come to earth and gain a physical body.
    Now that we are here and have our bodies, why are we here? What is the purpose of life?  That is a very good question which many people have. That question is one of the big questions of life! I am happy to say that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answer to that question. First, lets go to the Book of Mormon. There is a scripture in the Book of 2 Nephi, Chapter 2, verse 25, which reads. "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." Right there is tells us what the purpose of life is. Joy. Adam became mortal, so all other men could "be" or come to earth. Men are here on earth, to have "joy". Heavenly Father didn't call His Plan the Plan of Sadness or Plan of Misery. He calls it the Plan of Salvation, I don't know about you but isn't Salvation supposed to be happy? God also calls His plan the Plan of Happiness, therefore, His purpose for us being here is to ultimately have joy! Simple as that.
      See this priceless picture of this happy family. They look like they are having a good time and enjoying themselves. That is exactly how God wants each and every one of us to be. We are all a part of God's Family, and He has given us a family on earth to live in so we can learn and grow together and come closer to Him and our Savior Jesus Christ. God's whole plan is to enable us to reach it back to Him with our families because that is how He wanted it to be. I am so grateful to have a family so I could learn about my Heavenly Father and come to know His plan for me. Families are so important and they are central in fulfilling God's Plan of Happiness.

     As previously mentioned, the purpose of life is to have joy, personally and with our families. How do we find that joy in life? By making choices. We were all given our agency or ability to choose for ourselves. God has given us commandments to follow during this life, and if we do our part to follow them, we will be received into God's presence when we go out of this life. In other words, we need to learn and follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ during this life in order to find true happiness and qualify for eternal life in God's presence. Yes, we do have to do perform good works while here on earth, there is a purpose for being here or else why would God even allow us to come here? The book of Alma in the Book of Mormon says, "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors (Alma 34:32).  Clearly that scripture says that we are to prepare to meet God, NOW, and we do that by performing labors or good works while in this life. Let us choose the good path of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
     "Come follow me". That was the Savior's invitation to His Apostles and ultimately is His invitation to each and every one of us. All He requires of us is to believe in Him and have faith, repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by His proper authority, and then endure to the end. That's all. It may seem tough, but He has promised that He will help us along every step of the way. I know that God's purpose for us in this life is to have joy and prepare ourselves to meet Him by following His Beloved Son and His gospel. I hope we will all take the Savior's invitation to heart and choose to follow Him.

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